Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 7 – More Whisky, Little Water

by Paul Kirtley

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Kevin gets more than he bargains for at Ballindalloch distillery…

Our off-river excursion continues in this episode, to visit another distillery. This time one of the smaller – and newest – Speyside distilleries – Ballindalloch. At the time of our visit, the produce of this small but perfectly formed venture will not be ready for bottling for at least another 6 years.

We didn’t have this much time to wait, even though they have some lovely sitting rooms (but are looking forward to returning in future years). Luckily the family have some splendid casks of Cragganmore (there’s an old family connection), which we were able to sample. The first was 27 years old and the tasting went from there…

We’d been tasting whisky all day (see here for earlier the same day) and it was lovely and warm inside. It was going to require discipline to get back out into the cold, damp woods and set up camp. But we were all well set to sleep very well indeed 🙂

Thanks to Brian at Ballindalloch and Alan for babysitting our canoes.

Scotland’s Spey River Paddle & Whisky Tour – Part 7 – Another Distillery

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I hope you enjoyed the above films. Let me know what you think below. And keep an eye out for future instalments…

Previous Sections Of This Series

Watch part 1 here: Watch Canoeing The River Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine Curgenven – part 1

Watch part 2 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 2 – A Few Campfire Tricks

Watch part 3 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 3 – River Safety

Watch part 4 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 4 – Setting Camp In The Dark

Watch parts 5 and 6 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine parts 5 and 6 – Where Does The Whisky Come From?

Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog

PK Podcast 019: Post-Trip Post-Script With Kevin Callan, Justine Curgenven and Ray Goodwin

PK Podcast 003: Kevin Callan, The Happy Camper

PK Podcast 013: Ray Goodwin On Continually Evolving Adventures By Canoe

PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure

White Water Safety & Rescue Training Provides Useful Survival Skills

Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River

Wild Wanderings 6 – River Spey Canoe Journey

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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.


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Phil Robinson

This has got to be the most entertaining set of videos I’ve watched for a very long time! Thank you.


Paul Kirtley

Hey Phil, glad you are liking them 🙂 Cheers for the feedback.


Andreas Wintraken

I had a very good laugh at every episode! Such an awesome series of videos and it looks like a very memorable trip with good friends, too! I Love the Whiskey part in particular!


Paul Kirtley

Haha, glad you enjoyed these videos so much Andreas 🙂

Warm regards,



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