ALL JOURNEYS HAVE SECRET DESTINATIONS OF WHICH THE TRAVELLER IS UNAWARE
CULINARY HOLIDAYS & VACATIONS IN SCOTLAND 2021
Scotland : Voted the most beautiful country in the world : Read why here
Highlands & Islands of Scotland
COOKING VACATIONS IN SCOTLAND 2021 Available from April to November
Have you seen our NEW Scotland
Cookery, Adventure and Whisky weeks?
8 Days Cooking and Cultural Vacation
A unique Scottish cooking and cultural vacation experience. Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Experience Scotland’s magical landscapes.
A culinary treat for fans of the 'Outlander' books and TV series.
Transform Scottish ingredients from the sea, fields and mountains to your plate.
Modern and traditional Scottish recipes.
Visit renowned Islands , whisky distilleries and historic sites.
Taste famous Scottish products.
2021 Availability. Saturday arrival and departure days. Availability from April through October
First arrival date: 3rd April 2021
Last arrival date: 6th November 2021
Prices per person. USD $ 2650 No seasonal price variations:
Cooking Guests: For a booking of 2, 3 or 4 guests there may be discounts available
Single solo supplement: USD $ 699 (only available certain weeks)
Special offer discount weeks may be available please inquire.
Description: The location for this unique Scottish cooking vacation experience is in Dalriada, once the ancient kingdom of Scotland, which is located in the unspoilt coastal region now known as Mid Argyll. Your accommodation base will be near Dunadd (Fort), the historical capital of Scotland, where in the past Scotland's Kings were crowned. Whilst staying in Dalriada, not only will you learn fabulous Scottish recipes you will also experience the wild and wonderful nature of rural Scottish life within this unique Scottish Highlands area.
Scotland has available a wealth of natural produce from its rich mountains, glens, wild rivers and coastal area. This has allowed Scotland to develop a culinary repertoire of exceptional quality and diversity. Wild game - partridge, grouse and the pheasant from its
remote moorlands, succulent venison from the wild red deer roaming these mountains, salmon and trout from Highland rivers, rare and succulent beef and lamb from the famous Highland herds and shellfish of all kinds. Using ingredients like these, you will discover and learn how to develop a range of mouth watering and delicious feasts. The presentation and delivery of this Scottish cooking and cultural vacation will be very informal, friendly and personal. The cooking sessions with be based in a traditional Scottish family style fully equipped kitchen and each vacation and course will be limited to a maximum of 4 guests. Participants can expect a fun week with wonderful culinary experiences and, most of all, they will experience the real Scotland combined with traditional Scottish culture, along with delicious Scottish food.
Your culinary host for this vacation is cook Jane Chaplin. Jane has had many years' experience in traditional and modern Scottish cooking. In addition to providing the cooking input for this vacation Jane also provides culinary and catering services to our adventure groups during their vacations in Scotland. During the week, you will be accompanied and hosted by other staff from Adventure Tourism Services also located in Mid Argyll.
On this vacation /course you will be cooking and preparing a variety of meats, fish, shellfish and vegetables.
Some of the dishes you might cook and/or experience during your stay in Scotland:
Cullen skink [Smoked fish soup]
Braden Rost (Hot smoked Scottish salmon)
Oatcakes and shortbread
Traditional meat Scotch pies & meat Bridies
Cranachan ( oatmeal raspberry , cream , oats, dessert)
And of course Haggis, the famous Scottish delicacy
Detailed holiday and course information
Depending on your chosen month of travel, excursion experiences will vary.
Scotland benefits from long summer days from the beginning of May to late August when daylight remains until around 11.00 pm. These seasonal variations will not affect the course itinerary, but may assist you in planning your trip to suit your own preferences; Scotland offers fantastic visitor experiences during most seasons. This vacation is operated on a Saturday arrival and departure day basis. Depending on which month you choose to visit, daily itineraries will be seasonal and variable and actual day activities may change, but all inclusions will be covered.
Inclusions per person 2021.
Return transfers from Glasgow International airport to Mid Argyll.. See IMPORTANT travel information note below ***
All transport throughout the provision of the holiday activities and itinerary.
7 Nights’ accommodation in a private Scottish Highland cottage. Pictures show a representation of what you can expect. Your actual accommodation base will be notified to you at the time of a confirmed booking and will be determined by the number in your party.
4 Scottish cooking sessions ( 3 to 4 hours each session)
7 Daily breakfasts
6 Traditional Scottish dinners. On one evening, dinner is not included, this will be an opportunity for you to visit a local pub or restaurant on your own to sample other local Scottish cuisine.
I whole day and 2 half day excursions (see the choice of excursions below)
Whisky tasting sessions
Engraved personalised Scottish Whisky flask
Scottish cooking apron.
Exclusive access to all recipes used in your cooking classes
Excursions and visits: These will be determined by the month you choose to book all excursions are not available for all months After confirming a booking, guests will be provided with a detailed description which will assist them in choosing from the various options shown in the list below. Guests may choose one full day and two half day excursion. All excursions are guided by a member of staff.
Full day guided excursions: Choose 1
(a) Non landing scenic cruise to the island of Colonsay with dinner on board.
(b) Non landing scenic cruise to the island of Islay with lunch or dinner on board.
(c) Island of Mull , Tobermory and visit to Tobermory whisky distillery.
(d) Island of Mull and visit to Duart Castle, (seat of the clan chief Mac Lean)
(e) Oban, visit to Oban whisky distillery & Dunstaffnage Castle or Dunollie castle estate.
(f) Town of Oban with free time to explore followed by an afternoon visit to Inverawe estate and falcon display.
(g) A morning walk through the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada and Kilmartin Valley followed by an afternoon
boat trip through the Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool passing by the islands of Scarba and Jura.
(i) Cycle trip along the Crinan Canal to visit Ardrishaig and Crinan (15 miles)
Half day guided excursions. Choose 2
(a) Farm visit / Meet & Feed Scottish Lambs - (April and May only) and subject to availability.
(b) Foraging. Collect seasonal wild foods to include into recipes back at the cook school **
(c) Local historical sites Kilmory Chapel and stone carvings and Castle Sween - the oldest castle in Scotland.
(d) Guided walk to Cairnbaan and Achnabreac
(e) Trout Fishing on the Crinan Canal and lochs - Only available up to 30th September.
(f) Inveraray town and Inveraray castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, Clan Chief of the Clan Campbell.
(g) Guided forest walk Barlusgan beavers. See where beavers have been introduced back into Scotland.
(h) Guided walks through Kilmartin Valley, Templewood stone circle, Dunadd Fort.
(i) Visit to Crinan , can include a small walk , followed by cream tea and scones at Crinan.
** Please note excursion (b) in parts is on semi rough terrain and may not be suitable for people who have mobility issues.
Free time: During the week you will have ample free time. The local area offers a wide variety for self guided activities and opportunities - walking , cycling, exploring and visiting. Below are some of the areas that we would recommend. We will be able to supply you with a detailed map and further guidance to explore these areas.
Crinan canal , short and long walks
Ardishaig and Lochgilphead
Dunardy forest walk , near to nature trail.
Dalriada Heritage trail.
Visit to the local pub Cairnbaan hotel ( 5 minutes walk from your accommodation)
Daily Itinerary 2021 is available on request.
*** IMPORTANT - Travel information to Scotland:
1. Arrival: Your vacation starts with your chosen arrival date where you will be met and collected by arrangement from Glasgow International airport (GLA). If you are using Edinburgh airport, see +++ below. You are strongly advised to use Glasgow airport where ever possible for smooth onward connections. Please note that the earliest meeting/collection time from the airport is 10.00 am. The latest arrival collection time is 7.00pm. You will be taken by private car transfer to your accommodation base in Mid Argyll.