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Dewars Aberfeldy Distillery multi-media historic archives app

 

NEW APP BRINGS WHISKY HISTORY TO LIFE AT DEWAR'S ABERFELDY DISTILLERY
DEWAR'S® authentic Highland home offers enhanced visitor experience
Aberfeldy, Scotland, 14 April 2017 - Scotland's iconic Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery in Perthshire has revolutionised its already award-winning tour experience with a bespoke multi-media app, bringing its historic archives to life for visitors.
The creation of the experience, the first of its type for a Scotch whisky distillery, was inspired by similar innovations in some of the world's leading museums and art galleries. Delivered via iPads® for visitors to the distillery's heritage exhibition, the app allows them to build their own experience rather than the more linear audio tour previously offered. Users are also able to view items that, due to their fragility, are not currently on display to the public.
The app uses the latest technology to recognise visual 'trigger points', accessing additional information, imagery, sound and video when held over them. Provided in 11 languages, the app also enhances the experience for the distillery's many overseas visitors.
Jonathan Wilson, Visitor Operations Manager, comments: "It's exciting to see our historical archives presented in such a contemporary way. Whilst an iPad can never replace the personal interaction provided by our distillery tours, the new experience is a wonderful added bonus that allows whisky lovers, visitors and locals alike to delve deeper into the Dewar's story."
Developed by Glasgow creative branding and digital agency Contagious, the app uses a simple interface with icons on screen to access specific room-based content throughout heritage exhibition. Access to the heritage exhibition and use of an iPad is included in all the distillery's tour options, which also offer a guided tour through whisky production and the atmospheric warehouse, before a whisky tasting.
Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery offers a variety of fun and informative Distillery tours to choose from including the Aberfeldy Tour (£9.50 per adult), Cask Tasting Tour (£17), Connoisseur Tour (£27), Blender's Tour (£75) and Private Dewar's Tour (£99).
For more information, please visit www.dewarsaberfeldydistillery.com or call +44(0)1887822

New App Brings Whisky History to Life at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery

New-App-for-Dewars-Aberfeld-Whisky-DistilleryScotland's iconic Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery in Perthshire has revolutionised its already award-winning tour experience with a bespoke multi-media app, bringing its historic archives to life for visitors.

The creation of the experience, the first of its type for a Scotch whisky distillery, was inspired by similar innovations in some of the world's leading museums and art galleries.

Delivered via iPads® for visitors to the distillery's heritage exhibition, the app allows them to build their own experience rather than the more linear audio tour previously offered. Users are also able to view items that, due to their fragility, are not currently on display to the public.

The app uses the latest technology to recognise visual 'trigger points', accessing additional information, imagery, sound and video when held over them. Provided in 11 languages, the app also enhances the experience for the distillery's many overseas visitors.

New-multi-media-App-for-Dew.jpgJonathan Wilson, Visitor Operations Manager, comments: "It's exciting to see our historical archives presented in such a contemporary way. Whilst an iPad can never replace the personal interaction provided by our distillery tours, the new experience is a wonderful added bonus that allows whisky lovers, visitors and locals alike to delve deeper into the Dewar's story."

Developed by Glasgow creative branding and digital agency Contagious, the app uses a simple interface with icons on screen to access specific room-based content throughout heritage exhibition.

Access to the heritage exhibition and use of an iPad is included in all the distillery's tour options, which also offer a guided tour through whisky production and the atmospheric warehouse, before a whisky tasting.

Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery offers a variety of fun and informative Distillery tours to choose from including the Aberfeldy Tour (£9.50 per adult), Cask Tasting Tour (£17), Connoisseur Tour (£27), Blender's Tour (£75) and Private Dewar's Tour (£99).

For more information, please visit www.dewarsaberfeldydistillery.com or call +44(0)1887822010.

 

Birks Cinema Aberfeldy Opens its doors

John Swinney Scotland's Finance Secretary opens the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy.

The Birks Cinema, a new state of the art cinema in Aberfeldy, sold its first tickets today, fittingly purchased by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government and MSP for Perthshire North.

birks-cinema-aberfeldy-tick.jpgJohn Swinney has been a staunch supporter of the local community's seven-year fundraising campaign to bring the project to fruition and was on hand to congratulate the team of volunteers behind the re-launch of The Birks Cinema as they opened their doors to the nation's press for the first time.

Journalists were treated to a short video introduction to the cinema's 2D and 3D capabilities, before being given an exclusive opportunity to explore the magnificently refurbished listed building, which has been lovingly restored as part of a £1.3m construction programme, and to meet some of the 8 team members The Birks Cinema now employs.

During the walk around, the local MSP took time to nip to the box office, picking up tickets for blockbuster Ironman 3, due to be screened later in April and naturally steering clear of April's other major film release, and the first film to be shown at The Birks Cinema Golden Ticket Event this coming Friday, Oblivion.

John Swinney commented:

john-swinney-birks-cinema.jpg"This day has been long awaited and really drives home what community team work can achieve. I'm honoured to be first in line to buy tickets for my local cinema and very proud to see The Birks Cinema restored, resplendent and fully operational once again.

Moreover, I am excited about the role the cinema will now play in the local community as an employer, as a creative inspiration, and as an asset to Aberfeldy and the Highland Perthshire area for both residents and visitors alike."


Charlotte Flower, Chair of The Birks Cinema, said:

"John Swinney has been a prominent supporter of our project and we are delighted he has been our first customer. We've truly appreciated his backing and we look forward to seeing him return to The Birks Cinema as a regular customer as we know he's a big fan of the movies."

This is an extremely important week for The Birks Cinema.
To get everyone geared up and ready for opening to the public, from tomorrow we will be opening our doors to a series of test viewings with some of the area's best (and smallest) movie critics drawn from local community groups and  schools. Then, on Friday we will stage a glittering Golden Ticket event with winners attending from across Highland Perthshire, before finally settling into our new routine from next Saturday."

The Birks Cinema opens to the public on Saturday 20th April.

Tickets will go on sale at 19:39, marking the year the cinema was originally opened, on Monday 15th April and can be purchased in person at the box office from 11am on Saturday 20th April.

For more information on the cinema and its film schedule visit www.birkscinema.co.uk

 

 


Dewars World of Whisky Aberfeldy

DEWAR'S WORLD OF WHISKY OPENS NEW VISITOR EXPERIENCE AT ABERFELDY DISTILLERY

dewars-whisky-aberfeldy.jpgWe have just learnt that Dewar's World of Whisky at the Aberfeldy Distillery, Perthshire, has unveiled an exciting new blending experience at the spiritual home of DEWAR'S® True Scotch.  This exclusive new offering provides visitors the opportunity to create their own Experimental Batch of Blended Scotch Whisky within the atmospheric heritage center at Aberfeldy.

Blending is considered an art form, combining whiskies from different distilleries to create a perfectly balanced taste with a complex flavour profile, greater than the sum of its parts. Charlotte Brown, Centre Mandewars-whisky-blend.jpgager, said, "Our founder, John Dewar, was a pioneer in the art of blending, making Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery the natural place to try your hand at blending. Our Blending Room plays homage to Dewar's rich heritage with the design inspired by the original 1920's blending room in Perth. "

Following a guided tour of Aberfeldy's traditional working distillery, those undertaking the premium Blender's Tour will be invited to join a masterclass in the new blending room. With a tutored sensory session exploring the many flavour profiles and regional whisky characteristics of Scotch, the tour will culminate in the creation of a bespoke blend, created by the visitor to take home.

Dewar's World of Whisky at the Aberfeldy Distillery Opening times:-

  • Summer (1st April - 31st October). Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Sunday 12pm to 4pm.
  • Winter (1st November - 31st March). Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm.

dewars-whisky-blending.jpgPlease allow one and a half hours for your visit with additional time for your blending session.

Please note: Aberfeldy is a working distillery and visitors are advised that sensible shoes (no open toes or high heels) must be worn on the distillery tour.

Entry fee

Adults: Standard tour £7.00, Concession £6.00. Cask tasting tours £15.00. Connoisseur tours £25.00. Blender's Tour £75.00. Bespoke and private tours from £99.00 per person.

 

 

 

Aberfeldy Festival 2011 Exceeds Expectations

Author Ian Rankin praises 'dream line-up' of local arts festival.

Novelist Ian Rankin, author of the best-selling Inspector Rebus series, claimed the Aberfeldy Festival (4-5 Nov 2011) had his dream line-up of Scottish music. Rankin says, 'I think my original wish-list had ten names on it, but only six would be needed. The first six we asked all said yes'.

The acts, including Star Wheel Press, James Yorkston, John Hunt and Admiral Fallow, were all chosen by Rankin, who was the guest curator of this year's festival.

The festival, now in its second year, was a sell out and saw the local community pulling together to ensure its great success and mark it as a permanent annual fixture on the town's calendar.

It kicked off in Aberfeldy Town Hall on Friday evening, hosted by Ian Rankin who introduced the bands who were playing. Rankin, a confessed music lover, had worked closely with local artist and musician Ryan Hannigan, to put together a lineup of his favourite bands to entertain the bigger than expected crowd that attended over the two nights of the festival.

On Saturday visitors were able to sample a gourmet breakfast at local Café D'Amour Bistro; listen to Ian Rankin, who further supported the weekend's festivities by giving a talk and signing copies of his latest book 'The Impossible Dead', in the Watermill Bookshop. A special festival market had an array of crafts, gifts and local produce, while live music from the fantastic Second Hand Marching Band and local band Sandstorm entertained on stage in the Town Square. Children's entertainment was provided, and market shoppers were further entertained by the skills of street performer Tam Baker, and a spectacular firework display.

Saturday night brought more great music from the bands Ballboy, A Band called Quinn and Admiral Fallow, who all received a great reception from a warm and appreciative festival audience. Festival goers were also treated to some really great food over the two nights provided by local chef Steven Dow. The festivities continued well into the early hours with the After Party at the Courtyard Kenmore.

'Aberfeldy has a thriving artists' community, and it has a terrific bookshop. It's the perfect location for something that involves writers, musicians and artists,' Rankin says.

Ellen McBride of the festival committee adds, 'The Aberfeldy Festival was a huge success, bringing visitors into the town at a usually quiet time of year. We are so grateful to our headline sponsors Dewar's and all the local businesses that have supported us; and particularly to everyone who attended for making it such an amazing festival.'

Winter Festival and Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore, Aberfeldy

Highland Perthshire Winter Festival

The first three or four months of each year are notoriously quiet from a tourism point of view all over Scotland. Highland Perthshire is no different, but we are seeing one or two initiatives to put on events and activities on at this time of the year.

  Pitlochry Theatre's Winter Words Festival, started the ball rolling 7 years ago. This runs for ten days at the end of January in to February each year. We went to a couple of events this year, one about Wolves being reintroduced in to Scotland and the second about mapping and the Ordinance Survey, both were excellent.

 The Pitlochry Lighting Committee installed Winter Lights as opposed to the traditional Christmas Lights. These were switched on in October at the start of the Enchanted Forest 17 days and will be left on until the end of February (is my understanding).

 Now Kenmore at the end of Loch Tay, near Aberfeldy is inaugurating a Winter Week running from Wednesday 16th February to Sunday 27th February. Daily cruises on Loch Tay, Scottish Crannog Tours, music, woodworking workshops, story telling, chocolate making to name a few. This event is cleverly positioned during the children's school half term holidays. Speaking to Barrie Andrian of the Scottish Crannog Centre, the master mind behind the whole event, she is hoping longer term the Winter Week will spread across the whole of Highland Perthshire.

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