Tuesday is for Travel…
Anyone for Gin?
Today is Travel Tuesday, so let the fun beGin with a visit to Gordon Castle Estate in Fochabers, Scotland.
I was very taken with the Gordon Castle Gin and their accompanying advertising slogan – ‘Let the evening beGin’ – I am very happy to acknowledge their cleverness!!
I also like their big picture goals of aiming to provide ‘a view, a brew and a loo’ 😊 I think they can tick these off!
So where is Gordon Castle?
Gordon Castle is a large estate in Fochabers Scotland, in the Spey Valley near Inverness and Aberdeen. This is taken from the website and explains some of the history better than I can:
Gordon Castle Estate, Walled Garden and the Gordon Castle Scotland brand are the results of eight years hard work by Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox since they took over the running of Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers in 2008.
Completed as one of Scotland’s largest houses in the 1770s by the Duke of Gordon, Gordon Castle is the spiritual home of the House of Gordon, one of Scotland’s oldest families. The estate nestles in the Spey valley, in the heart of whisky country, with a stretch of the Spey River running through the estate, which boasts some of the best salmon fishing in the world.
We visited the Castle on a beautiful Tuesday in July. The day started off looking a bit inclement, so we carried umbrellas which worked well in warding off any rain and then the sun came out. Oh happy days!
We especially enjoyed discovering the Quarry Garden, now sadly overgrown, but with the bones of the beautiful garden still evident. We’re hoping that this will be a project for the estate once they complete their walled garden project, as it has amazing potential.
The walled garden is magnificent and costs £6 per adult to wander around the 8 acres of established gardens. We enjoyed a delicious snack from the cafe, sitting outside and soaking up the warm summer sunshine. In fact I had to stop and remember I was in Scotland!!
There is also a shop selling a variety of classy branded gifts, with gin and fudge tasting available. I was in heaven!! Of course I purchased a few items 😊 Did I mention they make their own gin?
I must say it was a very impressive place to spend a few hours and literally on the doorstep of where we were staying!
But don’t take my word for it!
The history of the Gordon Castle Estate is documented on their website and well worth reading. Coming from Australia I always love getting a taste of this sort of history when I travel. I would love to be able to time travel and I’m also a secret Outlander fan (but keep that piece of information to yourself) 😊
Where are you travelling to on this bonny Tuesday?
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