About the Whisky Cyclist site Page updated 21/01/2018
BenRiach Distillery and a Bike
Some pages have a * against them, which means that there's more to add to that page, though whether any page is really ever finished...
Links to other sites are included wherever possible, and are shown in white. Underlined links are to other pages on this site; a single @ is of course a link to the email address, where there is no room to show the full email address.
The list of Whisky Festivals in Great Britain has been updated - if I've missed one or not yet got the date in the list, please let me know at email@example.com. I have also compiled a list of Whisky Shops that I hope is both accurate and comprehensive. Books and magazines are not so well developed, and independent bottlers has barely been started on. Other Links includes other whisky links I find useful, but have yet to organise properly, and links to guides to Scotland. Ten things you thought you knew about Scotland is a bit of fun.
On cycling, I have compiled a list of good internet parts providers, and each Distilleries and Places page (see below) contains details of the nearest cycle shops, and other useful cycle information. Not everyone wants to, or has time to, ride everywhere, so trains are useful for getting around - but if you're carrying a lot on the bike, getting across footbridges can be a big problem, so I've started compiling a list of stations with links to station plans and notes on access. Many distilleries are off shore, so there's info on ferries too.
Distilleries - pages are being created for every Distillery in Scotland - 100 so far.
Places - pages for places in Scotland where I've taken photos with links to where to sleep, eat, drink plus supermarkets, banks and cycle info, I've also increasingly tried to include further information on the history and geography of the places covered - if I find something I find interesting about a place, I will include it - or a reference and link to it. Railways (past and present); bridges; stone circles, castles and other ancient remains seem to feature a lot.
Some time ago, I tried to keep a list of Updates, but this proved difficult to keep updated. It is still there for what it's worth, but I have now introduced an Updates Log - which simply records the update dates for each page - and makes clear to me what pages need attention (at present there are quite a lot). New pages will be highlighted in yellow in the log - and will often be referred to on the Home page as well.
As well as cycling and drinking whisky, I tend to take a considerable number of photos and I'm also in the process of loading them onto Flickr - so far around 118,000 - and there are plenty more to upload! Wherever possible the pages of this site will be liberally illustrated with my pictures, with links at the bottom of pages to more photos, and usually larger sizes, on Flickr. Click on a picture to view a larger version. Most of my pictures on this site are covered by the Creative Commons license. This essentially means that you can use them for non-commercial purposes, so long as you credit me. Should you want an image for commercial purposes, please contact me.
Larger versions of most if not all pictures are available on my Flickr Photostream, together with other pictures I've taken. Links to individual collections and sets are available at various points on the site.
25th December 2017
On the Distilleries pages, links are given to the websites of Royal Mile Whiskies (RMW) and The Whisky Exchange (TWE) for that specific distillery. Pages that have not been updated recently may still have links to Loch Fyne Whiskies (LFW), which was an independent shop when this site started out, but have since been absorbed by The Whisky Shop chain, whose prices are usually considerably higher. RMW links on older pages may be broken, if I've not updated them since their site was re-organised - but should still take you to the RMW site. Their web addresses are now in the format: https://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/scotch/whiskies/single-malt/distillery-name/.
I have started adding Master of Malt (MoM) links, as their site gives a good history of discontinued bottles.
For an explanation of railway station abbreviations, see the Stations page.
ABV = Alcohol by Volume
DCL = Distillers Company Limited (a precursor of Diageo)
SMWS = Scotch Mat Whisky Society
NAS = No Age Statement
yo = years old
BR = British Railways/British Rail
NCN = National Cycle Network
NLS = National Library of Scotland
OS = Ordnance Survey
UDS = Undiscovered Scotland (link to page)
WWI = World War One
WWII = World War Two
After a bar's details:
MW - Malt Whisky Available - if a number is shown instead, this is claimed or estimated number available
RA - serves Real Ale; NRA - no real ale available
Absence of this information indicates no information available (or I've not revised the page since before 20/01/18)
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions available at: