World Whisky Day raises a glass to Royal Deeside...

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Deeside Activity Park joined the many organisations and fan groups across the world celebrating World Whisky Day last weekend.

Farmer and owner of the park, Ken Howie, organised their first ever whisky tasting dinner evening as part of the international celebrations.

Eight single malts were lined up for tasting over the course of the evening, all of which were chosen to compliment the meal.

Mr Howie said Joyce Thomlinson had prepared a ‘brilliant’ dinner for the group.

The dinner guests sat round one large but intimate table, which added to the ambiance of the whisky tasting experience.

Guest John Main said: “It was a magnificent evening, magnificent food and some magnificent whisky. When’s the next one?”

World Whisky Day was created by former Aberdeen University student Blair Bowman who heard about World Gin Day and decided Scotland’s national tipple deserved a celebration too.

Blair said: “The first World Whisky Day was bigger than I could have imagined.

‘‘It was on the front page of the BBC Website and #WorldWhiskyDay was a global trending topic.”

The event is now celebrated in over 40 countries worldwide.

The whisky tasting dinner is one of a number of special events Deeside Activity Park runs throughout the year.