On Saturday we got back into our ‘let’s do something interesting on a Saturday which isn’t preparing for Christmas/let’s sleep in and then transfer ourselves to the sofa for catching up on films/tv’ (good to do once in a while though, particularly if it’s grey and gloomy outside! )
That said, we did enjoy a lie-in, so late morning, we headed to Fortrose on the Black Isle, parked up and did a 4 mile walk to Chanonry Point (good dolphin spotting location) then via Rosemarkie Bay back along the country road to Fortrose. Done in 90 minutes! Gorgeous blue skies, bracing winds and snowy hills in the distance. Lovely.
By this time, our tummies were rumbling, so we stopped in at The Allangrange Arms in Munlochy – which we were told later by friends had been recently refurbished. I don’t know what the previous pub was like but the new style was very trendy with fairy lights, aged wooden floors, a cool rocky playlist and an extensive wine and beer list. We settled for two burgers from a wide-ranging menu of options, which were literal towers! Delicious! There are already a few good eateries on the Black Isle (Sutor Creek being one, Storehouse of Foulis being another!) so it’s good to see something complementary now available in Munlochy.
On our way home, we decided to pop in on the Black Isle Brewery. Mr B is quite partial to a BIB beverage, so as well as picking up a small supply, we went on the free short tour of the Brewery.
The tour literally lasted about 10 minutes, which included a run through of the process and viewing of the equipment and a sniff of the different malted barley which provides the range of flavours that you find in a beer (light and blonde right through to dark and smoky) and tastings of the four most commonly produced varieties. Both Mr B and I preferred the lighter ‘Blonde’ and ‘Pollinator’ – made with heather honey to give it a sweeter taste.
Breweries aren’t normally that exciting places, seeing as the equipment mostly comprises of massive vats, and bottling conveyor belts. But this brewery also featured these wall drawings! I love them, they definitely make the brewery feel a more personal place!