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A Scotland Walk for Whisky Lovers, Part 1
|Event Location:||Buckie, Scotland|
|Date(s) & Time:||Mon, Jul 20 2020 5:00 pm >> Sat, Jul 25 2020 5:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Sep 2 2019 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Mon, Sep 2 2019 8:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||5 Days|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)|
|Trip Leader(s):||Richard A. Zalik|
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|Member Cost:||$800.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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This is a riverside walk along one of Scotland's longest rivers. The walking is easy and relaxed and the path is well marked. Speyside is one of Scotland's quieter corners and it plays host to over half the whisky distilleries in Scotland, it has the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers compared to every other whisky producing region. Therefore, along the way we will be able to visit several world renowned distilleries. We will finish our walk in Craigellachie, at the center of the Speyside distillery region. Since it is difficult to book tours for large groups, reservations to tour distilleries must be done by the individual participants. I will list my own favorites, but you may select your own using the information provided through the following website: http://www.spiritofspeyside.com/planning_your_visit/speyside_distilleries/filter/craigellachie, which includes travel information and the following area map: http://www.spiritofspeyside.com/assets/0007/3781/SoSWF_Map_2018.pdf
Bear in mind that distillery tours must be booked well in advance, that the distance from our lodging acccomodations to the distilleries you select may involve a cab, bus or train ride, and that the visit to a distillery involves a fee, generally in the range of 10 to 20 pounds per person.
The following is a bare bones description of the hike. For details see https://www.mickledore.co.uk/walking-holiday/buckie-to-aviemore-with-both-spurs-in-7-days-walking/, with the caveat that the prices quoted there apply to the full hike from Buckie to Aviemore, and do not account for the extra days we will spend visiting distilleries.
Day 1 (Monday, July 20). Arrive in Buckie
Day 2 (Tuesday, July 21). Buckie to Fochabers (10 miles).
Day 3 (Wednesday, July 22). Fochabers to Craigellachie (13 miles)
Day 4 (Thursday, July 23). Visit distilleries in the Craigellachie area. My favorite is The Macallan,
http://www.themacallan.com, which is about two miles away from Craigellachie.
Day 5 (Friday, July 24). Craigellachie to Dufftown and return to Craigellachie (12 miles).
Day 6 (Saturday, July 25 ). Visit other distilleries in the area, such as The Glenfidditch (https://www.glenfiddich.com) in Dufftown, or Aberlour in Craigellachie (https://www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com/aberlour) .
Depart Craigellachie in the afternoon.
|How to Get There:|
How to get to Buckie:
By Air: The nearest airports are Inverness (INV) or Aberdeen (ABZ). From the airport you travel by train to Keith railway station, then by bus (limited service) or taxi to Buckie – Keith to Buckie is 15 miles.
How to get to/from Craigellatchie:
The best way to travel between Craigellachie and Edinburgh is to take the train, which takes about six hours and, at the current exchange rate, costs between 30 USD and 95 USD. Alternatively, you can take a bus, which costs between 45 USD and 70 USD and takes about 45 minutes longer.
After booking, the tour operator offers a 15% discount code for use at Cotswold Outdoors. This can be used in stores or online at www.cotswoldoutdoor.com.
2. After I move you to the list of participants please send me your deposit by PayPal to email@example.com. If I don't receive your deposit by October 15 I will move you back to the waiting list.
3. I need to receive your remaining balance by May 1, 2020. Otherwise I will have to move you back to the waiting list.
4 After I move you to the list of participants please tell me whether you want a room with two beds or a double bed. If a double bed, please tell me with whom you will be sharing it..
4. I wiil give some preference to those who wish to register for both Part 1 and Part 2.
WEATHER: We may be lucky enough to encounter warm, dry weather over the whole route and enjoy dry paths and tremendous views, but we must be prepared because the weather can change quickly. Remember we may be spending time on higher ground, where it will be colder than in the valleys. Good clothing and waterproofs are essential!
COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION: Cell phone service in this area may be spotty. Although I will carry a satellite phone, satellite signal is not guaranteed either. If for any reason you cannot walk on a given day transportation may be available to transport you to your next destination at additional cost, but this service is not guaranteed.
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Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.
The number of rooms with two beds is very limited. Therefore, if you are able to share a bed our chances of being able to secure our booking will be improved.
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Accomodations for five nights in a shared room, English or Continental breakfast included, in either hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses or family B&B's.
Luggage transfer between overnight stops. We leave our luggage at our lodging in the morning and we pick it up at our next lodging upon arrival. We only carry a small pack with the day's necessities.This service is limited to one bag per person, with a weight limit of 20 kg or 44 lbs.
Packed lunches will be provided for each day's walking, since there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route. No packed lunches will be provided on the days where we will be visiting distilleries.
A nonrefundable $25.00 AOC user fee.
Cost does NOT include anything not explicitly mentioned above, in particular:
Meals, except for five breakfasts and three packed lunches. In particular, our evening meals are not included in the package, but we will have full details and recommendations for each evening meal in our itinerary. We will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant; or, where there is good food available at the accommodation, the service provider will book that for us. Allow about 20 pounds per night (without drinks).
Airfare to and from the United Kingdom and local transportation in the United Kingdom, including transportation to/from Buckie and/or Craigellachie and transportation to/from the distilleries.
Tour fees charged by the distilleries.
Single room supplement: If you want to have a single room the cost of the event will be 1025 USD and the depostit will be 200 USD. Availability is not guaranteed.
Schedule and method of Payment: The trip leader must receive a deposit of $180.00 by 10/15/19. The balance must be received by the Trip Leader no later than 5/1/20. Please send your payments by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration is not complete until your deposit is received, and your participation in the event is not assured until the outfitter (Mickledore) confirms than your room has been booked.
Important: The cost in pounds has been estimated adding 20% to current prices, which is an overestimate. The new prices will take effect on 10/1/2019. The exchange rate right now is approximately 1.22 USD to 1 GBP. As a buffer against exchange rate fluctuations and to account for credit card fees, the cost of this event has been estimated based on a rate of exchange of $1.40 USD to 1 GBP. Any surplus of at least 10 USD per person will be returned to the participants, otherwise it will be transferred to AOC.
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