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brewhauler
04-28-2007, 01:55 AM
I will be visiting Aviemore Scotland in early September and am seeking advice on where to have a pint or five.

I'm aware of Aviemore Brewery and Cairngorm as well as the Old Bridge Inn, but I'm wondering if there is someplace I am missing. Advice is greatly appreciated.

MeridianFC
04-28-2007, 07:58 AM
I can't recommend Cairngorm enough. Some of the best beer not just in Scotland but the UK. The Tradewinds is excellent and proof that a beer can contain maize and still be good. Scratch that, great.

If you're going to the west highlands at all the Clachaig Inn situated in Glencoe is renowned for it's beer (and great views).

http://www.clachaig.com/

BikeNBrew
03-28-2008, 09:53 AM
Found this thread and read with great interest. The wife and I will be going to Scotland for two weeks in September, basing ourselves in a self-catering cottage near Plockton for one of those weeks. Glencoe is certainly a do-able stop that I will add to our itinerary. Any other suggestions for the Skye / West Highlands area? We will have a car, and plan on doing a lot of hiking. One note- SWMBO is not much of a beer drinker, so ambiance is probably a significant factor...Also I will be doing all of the driving (on the left, which will be interesting).

MeridianFC
03-28-2008, 10:13 AM
While in Plockton you should tour the "Hamish Macbeth" sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamish_Macbeth_%28TV_series%29

If you haven't seen the TV series you can pick it up now on DVD, which I highly recommend. You'll see a bit of the territory you'll be in.

You'll not be wanting for sceneary where you'll be so that will mostly take care of itself. Get a copy of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, which has everything you need to know about proper bevvy in Scotland. You'll certainly want to check out these folks:

http://www.skyebrewery.co.uk/skye.htm

http://www.cairngormbrewery.com/

http://www.theplocktonbrewery.com/ (these folks are new so I don't know anything about 'em)

http://www.highlandcamra.org.uk/News.htm

BikeNBrew
05-14-2008, 12:08 PM
While in Plockton you should tour the "Hamish Macbeth" sites
Thanks for the reply. Yep, very familiar with the Hamish MacBeth series. That is how the idea for Scotland and Plockton came about. Should be fun, and with Skye a short drive away. Want to get to the Laphroaig distillery, but that ferry ride is pricey. Will certainly get to the home of Talisker, though.

Gordonstoun
06-06-2008, 12:01 PM
Found this thread and read with great interest. The wife and I will be going to Scotland for two weeks in September, basing ourselves in a self-catering cottage near Plockton for one of those weeks. Glencoe is certainly a do-able stop that I will add to our itinerary. Any other suggestions for the Skye / West Highlands area? We will have a car, and plan on doing a lot of hiking. One note- SWMBO is not much of a beer drinker, so ambiance is probably a significant factor...Also I will be doing all of the driving (on the left, which will be interesting).

Driving on the left is EASY. You'll pick it up immediately.

The hard part is being a Pedestrian. Be sure that you look to the RIGHT before crossing a street....elsewise, you might be run over.

If you want to drive into some beautiful scenery, be certain to check out the Loch Ness area. I've been over a good bit of Scotland, and the highlands on the South side of Loch Ness comprise some of the most beautiful country anywhere in the world.