Blog: Wind and whisky

Michelle Russell | 20 July 2009

Just-drinks was fortunate enough to be invited to William Grant & Sons' Glenfiddich distillery in the Scottish highlands last week.

Having reported only the previous day on opposition for Moray Council’s plans for a 59-turbine wind farm on the Glenfiddich estate, I was intrigued to see what the fuss was about.

William Grant said the proposals would "damage the beauty of the local environment" and local campaigners believe the farm will put people off visiting the area if the application is successful."

Driving through Scotland’s unspoilt countryside last week, I could understand why locals are loathe to see its landscape altered with the addition of a wind farm. On the flip side, however, I doubt very much, judging by the volume of interest I witnessed in the distillery, that it will have a major impact on the tourism.

I’m told thousands of visitors, both young and old, flock to the Dufftown distillery each year, and I can’t see that changing any time soon.

For anyone who appreciates a good whisky, a trip to Dufftown is a must, with more distilleries in the surrounding area than there are hours in a day.

If anything, the torrential rain should have put me off, however, I did feel it added to the authenticity of my visit.

I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

By just-drinks' reporter, Michelle Russell.


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