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whisky barrels outside Glendronach Distillery, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire

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Glendronach Distillery, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

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The buildings of the Strathisla Distillery including the pagodas, Keith, Moray.

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The Inverness Whisky Festival, Inverness, The Highlands, Scotland.

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The loch-side village of Carbost on the Isle of Skye, home of the Talisker Whisky Distillery.

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It’s easy to see why #red #deer #stags are often referred to as ‘#Monarchs of the #Glen’. So #majestic… and check out those #antlers! @Cosmicbadger took this fantastic shot after being fortunate enough to come across this handsome pair near #Glencoe on the A82. let’s hope their friendship survives the #rut this autumn! Thanks for sharing your #brilliantmoments with us! http://ift.tt/1rkDXPl

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Another great pic off the beaten track in Scotland’s capital with an equally good background tale from @mrsg1106: ‘Heriot’s or Hogwarts? George Heriot’s School as seen from Greyfriars Kirkyard… One of the plaques on the wall to the left is for William Topaz McGonagall, dubbed Scotland’s worst poet and the rumoured inspiration for the character of Professor McGonagall. Near this spot also lies the grave of one Thomas Riddell Esq. - He Who Should Not Be Named maybe?’ #brilliantmoments #edinburgh #georgeheriotsschool #oldtown #greyfriars #harrypotter #hogwarts #mcgonagall #voldemort  #scotland http://ift.tt/1lxIO2q

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One of the best ways to explore Edinburgh’s ancient and original Old Town is to get off the beaten path and start exploring the narrow closes, wynds and vennels on foot. These original passageways give a real sense of the old medieval city and provide some unusual views of some the city’s classic landmarks, as in this great shot of the Castle by @mrsg1106.

#brilliantmoments #edinburgh #edinburghcastle #oldtown #castle #scotland http://ift.tt/1fdmmDI

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Right on cue for the holiday weekend, Scotland’s weather decides to play ball and we all get a brilliant day of sunshine and warm temperatures. Out by Loch Lomond, @garyspence84 caught this fantastic sunset which as he says, was an ‘awesome end to a great wee day!!’. Can’t disagree with that.

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What a fantastic start to the #JohnMuirFestival! The past two nights have seen the unveiling of #TheKelpies at #TheHelix between Falkirk and Grangemouth. What an amazing pyrotechnic and light display around Andy Scott’s 30 metre tall landmark sculptures. We can’t wait to see all of your #brilliantmoments from this incredible spectacle! #scotland #visitscotland #kelpies #helix #johnmuir http://ift.tt/1gROXlI