The Gentleman’s Escape: Whisky, Golf and Fishing at Bothwell

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Bothwell, the gateway to Tasmania’s Central Highlands, was settled by farmers in the 1820s. The town’s distinctive colonial character and old-world charm makes it the perfect spot for the distinguished gentleman in need of some R&R. The whisky is smooth, the golf course is green, and the fly fishing is top notch. Pack your best golf vest and moustache comb, here are our picks of activities for a handsome holiday.

Strike (liquid) gold at Nant Distillery
The award-winning Nant Single Malt Whisky is a true gentleman’s drink. The distillery is part of the heritage-listed farm complex on Nant Estate, and is located in the meticulously restored convict-built sandstone flour mill (1823). Take a distillery tour, step it up with a Masterclass and Tasting Plate, or relax in the Atrium Lounge and Whisky Bar with sweeping views of the Central Highlands.
For more info, see: Nant Distillery

Hit a round on Australia’s oldest golf course
Swing a club on the country’s oldest golf course at Ratho Farm. You can also swap your club for a fishing rod and head to the river, or enjoy a peaceful nature walk. Revel in the whole Ratho experience and sleep like a baby in the beautifully renovated 1822-built convict barns and stables. The hearty meals prepared onsite will have you refuelled and raring for another round in no time!
For more info, see: Ratho Farm | Ratho Farm Golf

Stroll the same streets as Scottish pioneers
For those with an interest in colonial history, wander around Bothwell Village and appreciate the work of the Scots who arrived on the River Clyde and began building Bothwell in the 19th century. There are over 50 heritage-listed buildings, including a post office that opened in 1832, as well as the stunning Queens Park Village Green to explore. Pop into the Castle Hotel (circa 1829 and continuously licensed since) for a pint and a good old fashioned pub meal.
For more info, see: Castle Hotel

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