I'm a dedicated Scotch drinker. I will be visiting Scotland in June and, in between golf games, I'd like to visit as many whisky distilleries as I can. Can you tell me which ones are open to the public?
There are over 100 whisky distilleries in Scotland, most of which you can visit. Though this may not help your golf game, it will certainly keep you warm and happy. There are too many to list here but we can tell you about some of them. Most distilleries are open all day Monday to Friday, others have specific tour times. Charges are generally from $8 to $14, usually including a small tasting.
Some of the larger distilleries include the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown in northeast Scotland. It sounds like you're the kind of person who would enjoy the Connoisseur's Tour here, a 2-hour tour, which includes the "nosing" of half a dozen whiskies. The nearby Macallan Distillery also has a more detailed tour for enthusiasts. Make sure you visit the Whisky Museum in Dufftown, which holds nosing and tasting evenings.
For the best single malt whiskies head to the Isle of Islay where there are eight working distilleries. Lonely Planet's Scotland authors have voted Bruichladdich as one of their favourites. This distillery runs a whisky academy, a five-day course during which you learn to malt, mash, brew, distil, cask and bottle your own whisky. It costs $2250 per person, including food and accommodation for four nights. Around Port Ellen there are three distilleries in close succession: Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. The island's oldest distillery is Bowmore.
The highest and most remote distillery is Dalwhinnie Distillery in the West Highlands. The smallest distillery is Edradour, just east of Pitlochry in central Scotland. Highland Park Distillery on Orkney Island is one of the world's northernmost whisky distilleries and one of the few places that does its own barley malting.
The most beautiful views are at Caol Ila Distillery and Bunnahabhain Distillery, just north of Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay.
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We are considering taking advantage of cheap airfares to Buenos Aires and taking our children (aged 13, 11 and 8) in either April or July. Can you suggest some attractions in and around BA? We will probably have 10-14 days.
J & B Woodward
Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Its elegant, old-world languor blends with contemporary slickness. It was built by Europeans but it has a vibrancy and seductiveness that is quintessentially Argentinian.
The kids might like to rent bikes, boats or in-line skates at Palermo's Parque 3 de Febrero or attend a show at the Planetario Galileo Galilei. The Museo Participativo de Ciencias is a science museum with interactive displays, while the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales contains dinosaur bones, scary insects and stuffed animals. Jump on the fun Tren de la Costa to Tigre for the day, where you can visit the amusement park at Parque de la Costa. Also
outside the city is the exceptional zoo, Parque Temaiken.
More adult highlights include the buzzing streets of the city centre and museums and art galleries, shopping at the Galerias Pacifico, dining in one of the restaurants of the Puerto Madero or taking in a show at the Teatro Colon.
You'll all enjoy the neighbourhood of San Telmo, with its colonial buildings, cobbled streets, tango themes and antique shops. On Sundays there's an antique fair that shouldn't be missed. Head to La Boca for some street tango or attend a passion-fuelled soccer game at la Bombonera stadium. Recoleta is home to the city's richest inhabitants and most stunning boutiques. Don't miss the Cementario de la Recoleta, a miniature city of the dead.
Consider crossing over the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay for a few days. The town of Colonio is irresistibly cute. It's colonial-era Barrio Historico is a Unesco World Heritage site. Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, is a vibrant, eclectic place. Both cities are about 2 hours by ferry from Buenos Aires. You need your passport to cross into Uruguay, where you'll receive a 90-day entry card.
I have a three-night, four-day stop-off in Singapore planned. I want to see as much as I can in that time. What do you suggest?
To get a feel for the Singapore's colonial past, head for the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Singapore History Museum and St Andrews Cathedral. Watch a spot of cricket on the Padang or wander through the gardens and historical buildings in nearby Fort Canning Park. Once hunger sets in, cross the river to Clarke Quay and one of its many seafood restaurants. From here you can take a boat ride along the river.
Next, walk through the CBD to Chinatown for browsing through art and antique shops. Don't miss the Chinatown Heritage Centre. If you are in the vicinity at dinner time, make sure you try a few delicacies of Singapore at the Lau Pa Sat hawker centre, the Chinatown Complex or the Maxwell Road hawker centre.
Slow things down a bit the next day at the Jurong Bird Park, where you can see about 600 different species of birds. Having made the trek out to western Singapore, visit the Singapore Science Centre, though if it's school holidays, forget it. A little diversion north will take you to the world-class Zoological Gardens, where you can see white rhino, Bengal white tigers and even polar bears. Next door is the Night Safari (7.30pm to midnight), which many people
say is the highlight of their trip to Singapore.
If you like islands and resort escapes, then you should spend your third day at Sentosa Island, 500m off the south coast of Singapore. The best way to get there is to take the cable car from the top of Mt Faber. Like its beaches of imported sand, Sentosa is almost entirely a synthetic attraction but it still draws huge numbers. Attractions here include Fort Siloso and Underwater World.
On your last day make time to do some shopping along Orchard Road. Some scream with delight at this stretch of towering malls, others run screaming. If you've maxed out the credit cards and need to get away, then the Botanic Gardens are just a short bus ride away.
Unfortunately your four days are up, and we haven't mentioned the attractions of eastern Singapore, Little India or the Arab Quarter, or the many other islands. You'll just have to make another trip.