Bike Trip: The Scottish Highlands to Edinburgh

A scenic circuit of mountain passes, ancient forests, and plenty of stops for a whisky

From undulating seaside hillscapes to mossy old-growth forests and rugged snow-kissed mountains, few landscapes capture the imagination quite like the Scottish Highlands. And while trips to this area usually include a whisky-drenched sojourn to the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel, or perhaps a long road trip to see some castles, we decided to try a new approach: a week long bike tour with Wilderness Scotland, the region’s premier cycling …

Word of Mouth: Edinburgh Bars

Traversing the new and Old Town for whisky, ales and more

Whisky and Edinburgh are intertwined like a Celtic knot, with the amber liquid a bloodline for this small city born on the curve of a dead volcano. It’s not just scotch, of course; gin, ales and other potables are so prevalent it would be myopic to limit Edinburgh’s appeal strictly to the brown stuff. But they are spirit and provenance—Edinburgh defines the creation of blended …

Inside Chivas Regal’s Refurbished Strathisla Distillery

Designer Florian Dussopt brings interactivity to the oldest working distillery in Scotland

Behind the ancient stone walls of Strathisla distillery in the Scottish town of Keith, something extraordinary occurs. As a guide describes to a group of guests the unique flavor combinations found in three of Chivas Regal’s most popular whiskies, a cluster of amber glass bubbles suspended from the ceiling glows in a pre-programmed sequence. The innovative installation by London-based designer Florian Dussopt was commissioned as …