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Keith loons to lead Strathisla Strolls around town

By Chris Saunderson

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PEOPLE in Keith are being invited to take a step back in time through a new venture.

A series of Strathisla Strolls is being launched by Keith’s historic local distillery, which has been a cornerstone of the community for 230 years.

A guide will lead walkers round the Strathisla Distillery site, talking about its development since starting to make whisky back in 1786.

They will cross the River Isla, highlighting its importance to Keith, take the bridge over the traditional Whisky Railway Line to Station Road and hear about Glen Keith Distillery there.

The route will continue along to the remains of Milton Castle, built in 1480 for the Ogilvie family, and over to the grounds of Linn House for a special view of the Linn Falls and the Linn Pot.

On the way back up Seafield Avenue, walkers will pass Isla Bank House, which has links to Keith’s textile industry past, and finish at the Broomhill Spring, that has provided water for the distillery since it opened.

Distillery guides Mike Collins and Donnie Mackay will be leading the walks.

Mike said: ‘We are two Keith loons who want to help local people and others learn more about our town’s rich history in a new way.’

Donnie added: ‘There are some great stories as we visit these landmarks, all within a short distance of each other. You can hear tales of Mad Meg, of witches being drowned, of a Saint, of some famousskirmishes - and we even have a link to the TV comedy Fools and Horses.’

The Strathisla Strolls will last just over an hour and cost £15 (introductory offer), which includes receiving two Chivas miniatures at the end.

Places can be booked through www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com, with more information available, or by telephoning 01542783044.

Come prepared for all weathers.

Visitor centre manager at the Home of Chivas distillery, Jenna Collins,said: ‘It’s an ideal chance to enjoy some exercise while learning fascinating stuff about the town’s great heritage.’

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