Hello! My husband and I will be in Scotland for a VERY short weekend. We are arriving at Glasgow Airport on a Thursday morning in March and renting a car to drive north. We will be looking for mostly Scotch tasting experiences and destinations. I have identified two places I am debating for our first night, each has some downsides and I have no problem with either. We will be spending our second night in Dufftown to do the Distillery Walk there on Friday afternoon and hopefully go on a distillery tour before that. On the third day we will be heading back down to Edinburgh for a night before leaving on Sunday morning.
Below are the two places I'm considering for our first night in Scotland and the various reasons for them:
Pitlochry - shorter drive the first day. I understand this is a picturesque town with the benefit of two distilleries within walking distance of a number of cute B&Bs. We would plan to stop at Stirling Castle on the way up.
Aberlour - further drive the first day but more time up in Speyside where our preferred Scotches are made and closer to our second day destination of Dufftown.
A place that we considered and rejected due to distance was Glenmorangie (husband's favorite distillery).
If there are suggestions for can't miss sites (a la Stirling Castle, scenic views, best lunch spots on this route), please let me know! Also open to abandoning Dufftown if there's another place that has a similarly high concentration of Scotch tasting opportunities. We are mostly trying to avoid the problem of Scotch tasting and then driving afterwards - no one needs that!