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Issue 73 - Crossing the lines

Whisky Magazine Issue 73
July 2008


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Crossing the lines

If you fancy visiting some unusual distilleries,why not base yourself in a town and take in the tourist sites too? Here we pick four base camps


Bladnoch is Scotland's most southerly distillery and one of its most sedate and prettiest. In addition to standard tours and a distillery shop that is open all year during the week and on weekends during July,August and Bank Holidays the distillery periodically hosts a three day weekend whisky school.Participants learn every aspect of making whisky, from mashing and fermenting on day one to filling the casks and signing them on the third day.Bladnoch also sells casks containing about 170 litres of spirit at just £1000.

The price includes eight years' storage at the distillery but not the tax duty.

What else to do in the region Wigtown is Britain's book capital, and should you bother to count you'll find about a quarter of a million books on sale in its wide range of shops.There are also two book festivals, one in Spring and one in Autumn and this year the Autumn one will take place between September 25 and October 5. The region also boasts Britain's biggest national nature reserve.

Galloway Forest Park covers 300 square miles of forest land and has some of Britain's best cycle-ways.

There are three visitor centres in the park and there is a unique viewing gallery to help observe wildlife.

Unsurprisingly there are a broad range of golf and fishing options and for the more adventurous there is an off-road driving school nearby,where participants are given one to one instruction before attempting to navigate a ...

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