Arts + Culture

The Dream List: Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips

by Brook Wilkinson

Scotland: Spirits in Pitlochry, dancing in Angus

The specialist: Susie Worthy, The NoteWorthy Group; London

The Dream Trip: "To Scots, whisky is the 'water of life.' You'll see this for yourself on a private visit to the smallest distillery in Scotland, in Pitlochry, with its owner as your guide. He'll conduct a three-hour master class on how the whisky is made (they say it's the Scottish water that makes it so special), lead a tasting of 6 different whiskies from a selection of more than 50, and then let you draw down your own bottle from one of the most exceptional casks—which normally is never allowed [$830 for two].

"Also part of the rich tapestry of folklore in Scotland is the Gillie Callum, a sword dance that's been a tradition among Highland warriors since the 11th century. I can set up a lesson with the four-time world champion of Scottish sword dancing in a private part of Glamis Castle (pictured), in Angus. This is where the late queen mother was raised, it's now owned by the queen's cousin, the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. You'll drive up to the front gate (other visitors have to park in the rear), be met by a bagpiper, and be given a wee dram of Scotch. Then you'll practice dancing around two crossed swords with the expert, followed by a private tour of the castle. The last client even got to go up on the roof and hoist the flag with the earl himself [$950 for up to ten]!"

Susie Worthy
Tel: 44 20 7824 8995

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