Driving the Moray Loop

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October, 2018

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Moray Coast in the North of Scotland. For fathers day, my son gave me a voucher for a days hire of a Porsche Boxster from RDTRIP. We spent two days during around one of the routes suggested by RDTRIP, the Moray Loop. See here”:https://www.morayways.org.uk/routes/the-moray-way/

We collected the car on the Saturday morning and headed North to the Moray Coast, stopping at Logie Steading on the way. At logie, we went for a walk to the falls at Randolphs leap and then returned to lok around the steading itself, which has several shops and a great wee cafe. After coffee and scones I headed for a look around the grreat whisky shop while my wife went to look around the walled garden. From Logie we headed through Forres and on to Lossiemouth. The roads from Grantown on Spey to the Moray Coast are fantastic driving roads, which are the perfect place to enjoy a car like the Porsche Boxster.

We arrived in Lossiemouth in time for a boat trip with North 58 sea adventures. This was a highly reccomended by Sterwart at RDTRIP and was well worht the visit. We followed the boat trip with lunch at Harbour Lights also in Lossiemouth. After lunch, we turned back towards the hills and our overnight stop at the Craigellachie Hotel.

We ate that evening in the Copper Dog bar at the Craigellachie hotel. The food was excellent and the drinkls were even better! After dinner, we crossed the road to the Highlander Inn, a pub which specialises in malt whiskies and has more whiskies than you can shake a stick at! We even tried a couple of Japanese whiskies!

Part of the reason for spending the night in Craigellacie was the proximity to the new Macallan Distillery. We booked our tour of the distillery in advance and after breakfast and walk accross the famous Telford bridge at Craigellachie, we drove to Macallan for our tour. The distillery is truly incredible! I admit that it couldn’t be further from a traditional distillery and understand that it may not be to everyones tastes, but if nothing else it is an engineering masterpiece. The tour was concluded with a tasing of five drams, including the clearic. Thinking ahead to this tasting I had arranged to add my wife to the insurance of the car. This meant of course that I had to suffer through the 5 drams, which was tough. I did not drive the car after the tasting !!!

With the car due back to Grantown on Spey in the afternoon, we left Macallan and drove to the nearby Mash Tun in Aberlour for a quick lunch before heading back to Grantown.

Our experience with RDTRIP was short but great. Driving the Porsche on the highland roads across Moray and the Cairngorms was an incredible experience that I would recomend to anyone. Stewart was great to deal with and could not have been more helpful. We were in touch with him before we collected the car and he provided lots of suggestions of places we should visit and his reccomendations were spot on. We’re glad we got in touch in advance with RDTRIP.

You can find the company at rdtrip.co.uk


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