Today began with rain in Campbeltown, once proclaimed the “whiskey capital of the world.” The captain and crew set out to tour Two very distinct distilleries — Springbank and Glengyle. As it turns out, Springbank is the oldest independent family-owned distillery in all of Scotland and still embraces an old-fashioned manual distilling process. Glengyle has been rebuilt and is now the newest distillery to surface here in over 100 years. Funny how we should find ourselves here!
After the tour, Philip treaded off to work in a cafe equipped with Internet access and got in an honest days’ work. Dan went in search of propane as we ran out of one of the two tanks on board — but alas, no luck due to our foreign valve. Exchange of tanks only in the Scottish land, no refills. With the luck of the Irish aboard, we will try our luck in Ireland as we set sails tomorrow to Dublin.
Corinna, Cathy and Linda walked the village, toured some shops and kibitzed with a few locals.
Ellen stayed back to fulfill her scholarly deadline in our Kuchenbude sunroom where rain and sun meandered throughout the day. We are awaiting a burgee swap with a prominent sailing club in Campbeltown and have the Dory Club burgee ready for the exchange.
A boat sunk in the harbor approximately 100 meters from us. As the Scottish Coast Guard contemplates what to do about this situation, we prepare a dinner of fresh salmon, green beans and Corinna’s famous potato salad. Our after dinner libation will be a hard choice as we journey to the Ardshiel Hotel Restaurant and Whiskey Bar where there are over 700 rare and exclusive malts to choose from. We were alerted by the harbour master that this is the place to go as he referenced the “poor buggers” that clean the bottles 3 times a week.