7/9/14 - 7/9/14
Happy Father's Day! We were up and ready for our breakfast at 8am, only to discover that breakfast wasn't served until 9am on Sunday - whoops! Never mind. We headed off (much more confidently this time) in the rain, and made our way back to Aberlour. We met a friendly local who validated our pronunciation of Aberbleurgh, and whose dog proudly showed off her latest stick acquisition. It kept sniddling, so we sought refuge in a bus shelter to eat our morning tea. We then went to the Aberlour Distillery. There we had a very friendly and informative tasting (not a tour, but just as useful as one). They even had beautifully retro pink bathroom facilities.
Next stop on the map was Carron, but there was nothing much to see there. Certainly no shelter for the consumption of lunch. We figured Cardhu Distillery would be a better option, so we kept on through the sniddle.
And then we kept on keeping on, but Cardhu just didn't appear. Tamdhu Distillery did appear, but didn't seem open to visitors. We finally worked out where Cardhu was - but it most certainly wasn't something we would just "walk past" as our guidebook had suggested. So we sat at the defunct Tamdhu train station and had a snack and rested. The hardest part was getting up and going again - Pat was right to stay standing!
We continued on through the muddy paths (that were thankfully very flat) in the direction of Cragganmore. After a few interesting bridges, we arrived at the old Ballindalloch station only to discover we still had another mile to go. Up hill. Our accommodation was described as being "a short distance" from the post office, but I would question their definition of "short". Whatever the distance, we covered it and made it to the Delnashaugh Hotel. Two days of walking done, two to go!