‘Tekin’ a wee dram’ at our Scottish resort, CLC Duchally Country Estate, has taken on a fresh lustre with the opening of The Whisky Bar, where meals with a national flavour and using mostly locally produced ingredients are served along with a drinks menu that lists 39 whiskies alone.

Main bar staff have trained at the Scotch Whisky Experience on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, an hour away, which is also a visitor attraction with a 3,384 whisky bottle display and a virtual ‘vat of whisky’ ride.

“We also make whisky cocktails in our bar and an excellent Gaelic coffee, which a lot of our guests enjoy after dinner,” says resort manager Graeme MacDonald.

The resort’s lighthearted whisky tastings, featuring five different malts, are very popular and a great introduction to those who during their holiday wish to follow the Whisky Trail touring the famous distilleries in the region, such as that at Tullibardine.

CLC Duchally Country Estate  has earned recognition as a ‘Scotch Whisky Embassy’, promoting and developing whisky tourism in Scotland, and those who complete its five ‘drams’ tasting receive a certificate!

CLC Duchally Country Estate’s award winning tradition for the quality and service of food continues in The Whisky Bar where choices include a starter of ‘Black Pudding Fritter’ using Glengoyne 10-year-old in the batter, mains that include Scottish beef, haggis stuffed chicken and venison casserole and mouthwatering desserts such as the ‘Duchally Mess’ (with or without Tullibardine Whisky!).

Special dinner menus, with 3 tier pricing, are available for parties of 8 or more, offering sumpuous chef selections from the CLC Duchally Country Estate kitchen.

Going forward, Monteaths restaurant at the resort will stage special events such as Valentine dinners, Burns night celebrations, Sunday luncheons, weddings etc. with guests enjoying good value, high quality refreshments and meals in the relaxed ambience of The Whisky Bar.

The Whisky Bar is part of a package of new and exciting additions for 2012 at the resort, where the New Year as ever will be seen in, in true Scottish style.

“Slainte mhath” (pronouced slange va, that’s Gaelic for cheers!)