Undiscovered Scotland

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.

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.

Undiscovered Scotland Itinerary

Day One

Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Adjustments may be made based on the specific dates booked and according to the season and weather.

  • Arrival at Glasgow airport and private transfer to the Mid Argyll. Upon arrival check in to your cottage. You may want to go for a walk, or just relax.
  • Later, meet your hostess and enjoy dinner, served around 7pm.

Scotland culinary vacation cottage

Day Two

  • 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 will have a bit of free time. During your free time this week there are several activities we can recommend, including:
    • Long or short walks along the Crinan canal
    • Ardishaig and Lochgilphead
    • Dunardy forest walk, near a nature trail
    • Dalraida Heritage train
    • Visit to the local pub (around 5 minutes’ walk from your cottage)
  • 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.

A Scottish Loch

Day Three

  • 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
    • Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool boat cruise passing by the islands of Scarba and Jura (April to October)
    • Inveraray town and Inveraray Castle (April to October)
    • Farm visit – meet & feed Scottish lambs (April and May only, subject to availablity)
    • Seaweed foraging – explore the shore to collect seaweed to incorporate into some of your recipes (not suitable for those with mobility challenges)
    • Forage for wild mussels along the shore line (not suitable for those with mobility challenges)
    • Forage for wild garlic and make your own wild garlic pesto (not suitable for those with mobility challenges)
    • Trout fishing (available only through September)
    • Forest walk to Barlusgan nature reserve, where beavers have been reintroduced into Scotland
    • Visit to Crinan with a leisurely walk followed by tea and scones
  • This afternoon, around 3 pm, your Scottish cooking course number two, followed by dinner.

Smoked salmon in Scotland

Day Four

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

Day Five

  • Today you will have a full-day excursion of your choice. Your options include:
    • 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 and Dunstaffnage Castle OR to Dunollie Castle estate
    • Town of Oban and visit to Inverawe Estate and falcon display
    • Non-landing scenic cruise to the island of Colonsay with dinner on board
    • Non-landing scenic cruise to the island of Islay with lunch or dinner on board
    • Six-mile walk through the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada and Kilmartin Valley (not suitable for those with mobility challenges)
    • Cycle through the Crinan Canal/Kilmartin Valley area (easy nine-mile route, though not suitable for those with mobility challenges)
    • Eight-mile walk exploring the Crinin canal and Cairnbann (all flat, though not suitable for those with mobility challenges)
  • Dinner back at the cottage.

Tobermory Island in Scotland

Day Six

  • Breakfast, followed by your second half-day excursion (you may choose among the options listed for day Three).
  • Afternoon free time, and dinner on your own tonight. (We recommend the local pub, located a few minutes’ walk from your cottage.)

Day Seven

  • 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.

Gathering herbs in Scotland

Day Eight

  • Breakfast, and departure to Glasgow airport.