BLACKFORD HIGHLAND GAMES & TULLIBARDINE DISTILLERY
This weekend was pretty much free for Dad and me being the weekend between the Campbeltown Malts Festival and the Springbank Whisky School, so we decided on a bit of a road trip. A bit of a road trip for us ended up being a 300km journey around the top of Loch Lomond to Blackford for their Highland Games and a stop in at the local Tullibardine distillery while we were there.
On the way to Blackford we drove past The Famous Grouse Experience at the old Glenturret distillery in Crieff, but didn’t think we had time to stop. As it turned out, we had two hours from the time we arrived at Blackford to when the main events of the Highland Games (the Heavies) began so we walked five minutes up the road to Tullibardine distillery.
Tullibardine distillery is one of those open and closed, sold and resold distilleries that has lost a bit of its identity in the process. It’s not that well known but has some old casks in its warehouses and even has a 60 year old single malt for sale if you have a spare £20,000. We participated in a standard tour and it wasn’t too bad for what it is. I found it interesting that they will soon have their own cooperage (be it a small one) on site. The whisky though, wasn’t great.
Back at the Highland Games, we had a blast and it was such a great experience to see a traditional Highland Games with grass track and field events, single gear bike races, highland dancing and heavy events all in the one place and at the same time. It was exactly what I wanted to see and I got a lot of cool photographs.
We finished the day by driving to Drymen (passing the Deanston distillery, but too late in the day for a tour) where we stayed the night. Tomorrow, we will visit the nearby Glengoyne and Auchentoshan distilleries on the way back to Campbeltown.