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Tuesday, January 19, 2016



For whisky enthusiasts, no visit to the Isle of Skye would be complete without a pilgrimage to the Talisker distillery. Dating back to 1830, Talisker is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, off the west coast of Scotland.

Talisker's five copper stills boast a stunning location on the shores of Loch Harport in the village of Carbost, on the beautiful Minginish Peninsula.

Talisker is one of the world's most respected whiskies, and has been for a very long time. Robert Louis Stevenson regaled its virtues in 1880, and Talisker is one of James Bond's favorite nips. The malted barley used in production comes from Muir of Ord, while its sweet, distinctive flavour is infused with spicy, peaty smokiness.

Talisker tours range from the £8, 45-minute "classic" distillery tour, which includes a single tasting, through to a £35, 2-hour "tasting" tour, which includes a sampling of five whiskies.

Carbost, Isle of Skye
IV47 8SR

See the Talisker website for opening times.

Talisker distillery.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Forest Aqua Park

New Forest Aqua Park in Hampshire includes two picturesque lakes set in the heart of the New Forest countryside playing  host to a range of water activities such as wake boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing.

The summer of 2015 saw the park open a large inflatable obstacle course inspired by the game show "Total Wipeout". Visitors have the option to camp on site by one of the park's lakes or in nearby woodlands.

Ringwood Road

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