Friday, May 4th 2012 – Speyside

Inverurie
We got out of bed about 8:00 and had breakfast of eggs, cereal and coffee at the hotel (Kintore Arms) restaurant. We loaded the car with our luggage and were on our way towards Inverness. It was starting to rain as we were loading and it rained off and on during the drive on the A96 heading north.

Abelour
We ended up changing our plans, Lois wanted to visit the distillery at Abelour and since it was getting late when we arrived about 12:30 we decided to get accommodations there. The reason it took longer than expected was we took a rather roundabout route. We missed the turn on the A96 at Huntly so we turned onto the B9014 in Keith and following it southwest, then north to the A95 to Abelour.
We got a room at the Torchattan B&B on Mary street. We did this early based on advice from some locals we were speaking to near the visitor information centre. There was the Speyside Whiskey festival starting this weekend, and they said accommodations fill up quickly. Once we unloaded some of our luggage to our room, we had a lunch of sandwiches at a nearby park along the river.

Dufftown
We spent the afternoon exploring the area, ending up in Dufftown to find out more about the whiskey festival at the office there.
We booked for a concert at the Glenfiddich distillery the following night. (Saturday May 5th) getting a pair of the few remaining tickets. We walked around Dufftown for an hour or so. Lois stopped at a local collectors shop who was quite an interesting chap to speak to. He had a lot of comments and suggestions on some of the military medals her Grandfather was given during WWI.

After Dufftown, we drove to the coast at Kingston-on-Spey. It was really windy with some big breakers rolling in from the North sea. I had to pull the hood up on my jacket because the wind was going to carry off the baseball cap I was wearing. After about half an hour, we were getting tired and hungry so we walked back to where we parked and headed back to Abelour.
We left the car at the Torchattan and walked to the Old Pantry restaurant for dinner which was traditional Scottish fare a mix of potatoes, beef, onions and gravy. It was quite plain but very filling.
We made the short walk back to the Torchattan and went to our room and relaxed the rest of the evening.

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