Cooking Vacations to Scotland: Undiscovered Scotland Culinary Tour
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Undiscovered Scotland - NEW
Mid Argyll

About the location: Your home for this unique Scottish cooking vacation is Dalriada, once the kingdom of ancient Scotland, which is located in the unspoiled coastal region known as the Mid Argyll. Stay near Dunadd, the historical capital of Scotland, where Scottish kings used to be crowned, and experience the wild and wonderful nature of rural Scottish life in this unique Scottish Highlands area. Your excursions will vary by season but will include such fun trips as guided whiskey tastings, visits to the Scottish islands, excursions to castles, forts, stone circles, and more.

Please note that from May to late July the days are long, with daylight remaining until 11:00 pm. From mid-November to the end of February the days are short, with darkness falling around 4:00 pm. The itinerary is available year-round, and the seasonal variations matter only if you have a preference (although there are a few excursions that may be available only April to October).

Scotland has a wealth of natural products that you will use to create your meals: produce from the rich mountains and glens, wild game from the moorlands, venison from the mountains, salmon and trout from the rivers, shellfish of all kinds from the sea, and beef and lamb from the Highland herds. You will use these ingredients and more to create a wide variety of delicious feasts featuring traditional and modern Scottish dishes.

Your hostess for your Scottish vacation About the accommodations: your home away from home will be a private room within a Scottish Highland cottage. All rooms have private, en suite bathrooms, and modern amenities.

About the cooking classes: Your cooking classes will be informal and held in a traditional Scottish family-style, fully equipped kitchen. The courses are limited to maximum four cooks and will be led by your hostess, Jane, who has many years' experience in traditional and modern Scottish cooking. Jane's passions are rooted in the Scottish countryside, which she uses to inspire her dishes.

Undiscovered Scotland - NEW Itinerary

Day One - Saturday

  • Arrival at Glasgow or Edinburgh airport and private transfer to the Mid Argyll. Upon arrival meet your hostess and settle in. You may want to go for a walk, or just relax.
  • Dinner will be served around 8pm.

Day Two - Sunday

  • After breakfast, you will head to the Kilmartin Museum, representing 6000 years of Scottish history. Lunch will be served upon your return. In the afternoon, you might relax or explore the picturesque Crinan Canal or other local sites.
  • This afternoon around 4pm your first cooking class, with dinner to follow based on your efforts. You might make any of the following dishes during your cooking classes this week: Cullen skink (smoked fish soup), Braden Rost (hot smoked salmon), oatcakes and oatmeal baps, Scotch pies, Cranachan (dessert), and yes, even haggis.

Day Three - Monday

  • Breakfast, and then your choice of a half day excursion. Your options include:
    • Kilmartin Valley, Templewood stone circle , Dunadd Fort
    • Castle Sween (the oldest castle in Scotland) and Kilmory Chapel
    • Cairnbaan and Achnabreac ancient rock carvings
    • Oban town and Oban whisky distillery
    • Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool boat cruise passing by the islands of Scarba and Jura (April to October)
    • Auchindrain ancient highland township (April to October)
    • Inveraray town and Inveraray Castle (April to October)
  • This afternoon, Scottish cooking course number two, followed by dinner.

Day Four - Tuesday

  • Breakfast and your next cooking session, followed by lunch.
  • Afternoon at leisure, and dinner served around 7:00 pm.

Day Five - Wednesday

  • Today you will have a full-day excursion of your choice. Your options include:
    • The Hebridean island of Islay to include the 3 Distilleries walk. This excursion will include ferry, and visits to the famous Laphroaig , Ardbeg and Lagavullin single malt whisky distilleries.
    • Island of Luing , Easdale Island and Atlantic Islands centre
    • Island of Mull and Tobermory Whisky distillery
    • Island of Mull and Duart Castle
    • Town of Oban, including visit to Oban whisky distillery , Dunstaffnage Castle , Dunollie Castle , and a guided visit to Kilbride , (the clan burial ground of clan MacDougall)
    • Island of Gigha and Achamore gardens
  • Dinner back at the cottage.

Day Six - Thursday

  • Breakfast, followed by your second half-day excursion (you may choose among the options listed for day Three).
  • Your next cooking course around 3:00pm, with dinner to follow.

Day Seven - Friday

  • After breakfast, a free morning to explore. In the afternoon, you will have your last cooking course, in which you will help decide the menu.
  • Farewell dinner.

Day One - Saturday

  • Breakfast, and departure to Glasgow or Edinburgh airport.