Scotland, Day 17: Wandering Edinburgh, Exploring Victoria Street, the Scotch Whisky Experience, a Return to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, a return to Devil’s Advocate

Our last day in Edinburgh (and Scotland), Liz and I decided to just wander around a bit.

Walking back to oru hotel after breakfast, we happened across several stalls at Grassmarket Square.

Looking up at Victoria Street (believed to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley).

And of course, there’s a Harry Potter store here. With all manner of wands and books and things.

We got a recommendation to visit the Scotch Whisky Experience – the bar underneath the tour/gallery being a potentially good place in terms of selection and price.

Liz was debating the tour, but we ultimately decided to just visit for the whisky (and a late lunch).

Sadly, though we tried a few new things… we weren’t too taken with our recommendations or service.

Trying to get a menu to order food (and to get our bill when we were ready to leave) was like pulling teeth.

Back for a late afternoon/early evening visit once more at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. We really loved our experience so much, we wanted to stop in again to taste some more bottles.

We did get to see Francesco again, but had someone else waiting for us this evening. I continued to enjoy the recommenations, and we were both really debating becoming members on the spot… just so we could purchase some bottles.

I’m still thinking about “Pine Apples,” honestly.

Back at Devil’s Advocate, where on our first nightLiz discovered that they had a 25 year old Mortlach bottled by Adelphi.

It’s… a fairly pricey dram. And on hearing Liz ask about this, our bartender got very excited. He asked if she was interested in starting off with something else, or if she wanted to just dive right into the Mortlach… and Liz demanded the dram like a boss, right then and there. To the delight of the bartender, who then just leapt up to go and fetch the bottle for her.

Walking to our dinner reservation, peering down at Victoria Street.

Scotland, Day 1: Driving to Glasgow, Dinner at The Butchershop
Scotland, Day 2: Auchentoshan Distillery, Kelvingrove Park, Dinner at Fanny Trollopes and Bon Accord
Scotland, Day 3: Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow Cathedral, Tasting at Glen Goyne Distillery, Dinner at Stravaigin
Scotland, Day 4: Island Hopping to Isle of Arran, Lochranza Distillery, Isle of Islay, Late Arrival at Islay House
Scotland, Day 5: Bunnahabhain Distillery, Lagavulin Distillery, Dinner at Islay House
Scotland, Day 6: Bowmore Distillery, Bruichladdich Distillery, Isle of Jura, Jura Distillery
Scotland, Day 7: Travel Day, Dunchraigaig Cairn, Oban Distillery, Whisky Vaults
Scotland, Day 8: Travel to Inverness, Glencoe Valley, Loch Ness, Moments of Indecision, Drinks at the Malt Room
Scotland, Day 9: Victorian Market, Clava Cairns, Old High St. Steven’s, Malt Room Revisited
Scotland, Day 10: GlenDronach Distillery, a Late Dinner Panic, Arriving at Burnroy House in Archiestown
Scotland, Day 11: The Macallan, Aberlour Distillery, Anniversary Dinner at Dowans Hotel, and a Most Amazing Coincidence
Scotland, Day 12: Cairngorms National Park, Quad Biking through Rothiemurchus Estate, Cardhu Distillery, Strathisla Distillery, the Quaich Bar, Dinner at the Copper Dog
Scotland, Day 13: Knockando Woolmill, GlenAllachie Distillery, Craigellachie Bridge, Exploring the Grounds at Glen Grant Distillery, an Unexpected Visit to Elchies Estates, Dinner at Highlander Inn
Scotland, Day 14: Travel to Edinburgh, Glenturret Distillery, Dinner at the Devil’s Advocate
Scotland, Day 15: Pre-Travel Covid Testing, Drinks at Ensign Ewart Pub, Dinner at The Table
Scotland, Day 16: Hiding Out in the Hotel Room, Soup at Union of Genius, Cocktails at Panda and Sons, Kaleidoscope Bar at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Dinner at the Scran and Scallie

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