Don’t get it wrong, I didn’t go for the distillery tour all day. We went to Tomintoul for the annual Highland Game. It is actually not too far from Craigellachie to Tomintoul. However, what we didn’t realize is that the Highland Game start from one o’clock in the afternoon. We arrived Tomintoul at 10:00. It was very quite and we don’t see any musle men on the streets. After consult with an old man. We realize that the “pipe band” will march along the main streets and have the performance on the town center square. It is very exciting when we see the band march in. It is a pity that I knows very little about the tradition. The only thing I know is that Tomintoul is probably the oldest town to hold the Highland Game in Scotland. And that is also the reason they’ll have a large pipe band to start every year.
We had a quite lunch at the famous local restaurant “the clock tower”, very delicious ground beef burger. Then, the kids go with my wife to see the Game, while I stopped at the Whisky Castle for some quick shopping. The shop owner Mike and Cathy were also in the Feis Ile 2004. He brought back the Ardbeg Feis Ile bottle. I was very happy to see that one as I left earlier last year and can’t get it. We chat a little bit and he was very kind to have everyone in the shop to try this nice Port Ellen.