The Glenrothes Adventure part 1: Welcome to Rothes House

Clutch is out of the country at the moment, and so I had my first solo whisky adventure up in the Northeast of Scotland this week. I was invited to visit The Glenrothes distillery in Speyside to learn more about the process of making whisky, meet the people, sample the food and incredible malts… and specifically to find out about a really fascinating competition that The Glenrothes will be launching on October 4th.

If you’re at all interested in whisky – and the idea of getting involved in making whisky appeals to you – then a week in Speyside working at the distillery, learning all of the processes, and soaking in all of the local culture (including salmon fishing, clay pigeon shooting, and feasting on gorgeous local cuisine) will probably be of interest.

I was in Rothes (not to be confused with the town of Glenrothes, which is elsewhere in Scotland – and the subject of an interesting historical tale you’ll no doubt hear while up in Speyside) for barely 24 hours, and I can’t condense my experiences into a single blog post – so this will necessarily be spread over a series of posts. There’s a lot to tell.

I took a lot of photos, and captured a good deal of video – and so this series of posts should give you just a taste of what to expect when you win one of the week-long experiences. There’ll be more details as we go along, but first, I thought I’d let Ronnie Cox, director of The Glenrothes tell you a little about where you’ll be staying.

Enjoy the video – and rest assured there’s a good deal more to come. As you’ll see – Ronnie Cox is a born storyteller, and as you’ll know – there is no finer type of human being with whom to share a dram.


  1. Hmmm good food. Though, for anyone wniatng to visit Jura I should correct you and mention that there is a dining room in the hotel too. It would have been a restricted menu this wekeend as it’s the busiest weekend of the year, but it also serves good local food. And, of course, sells good local whisky!

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