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8 Days Fabulous Whisky Tasting and Cooking Adventure in Cairnbaan, Scotland

Cairnbaan cottages, Cairnbaan, Scotland

Wishky Tasting and Cooking Vacation in Scotland

Do you love Scottish whisky? This vacation is over a period of seven nights and designed to provide you with a balance of some planned and programmed activities along with free time for you to relax or be active at your own pace in a great location in the beautiful Western Highlands of Scotland.

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  • Visits to distilleries
  • 3 Scottish cooking sessions
  • Take part in lots of whisky tasting
  • Enjoy home-cooked traditional food
  • Make friends with friendly locals
  • Get some free time to relax
  • 7 nights accommodation


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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Guests will stay in the very quiet and peaceful hamlet of Cairnbaan in a traditional style Highland cottage. The cottage has all modern amenities, WiFi, TV, washing machine, outdoor seating, sitting room, two double bedrooms, bathroom, towels / toiletries. The cottage is situated one-minute walk from the Cairnbaan Hotel and 7 minutes' walk along the canal from the Cairnbaan Cooking School.


  • Day 1: Arrive in Cairnbaan Argyll around 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Day 2: Morning is free, followed by your first Scottish cooking session around 4 p.m., dinner at Cairnbaan Cook School
  • Day 3: Distillery visit, followed by dinner at Cairnbaan Cook School
  • Day 4: Free time or guided walk in Kilmartin Valley, followed by dinner at Cairnbaan Cook School
  • Day 5: Second Scottish cooking session, followed by afternoon distillery visit, then dinner at Cairnbaan Cook School
  • Day 6: Distillery visit, followed by dinner on your own (the staff will advise you of suitable local locations)
  • Day 7: Free morning, followed by your third Scottish cooking session and dinner at Cairnbaan Cook School
  • Day 8: Depart by 10 a.m.

Breakfasts for six mornings will be in the format of providing you with a basket containing a wide range of Scottish products for you to prepare a self-catered breakfast at your cottage. These supplies will be replenished as and when required. On Friday morning, you will come to the Cairnbaan Cook School for a fully cooked traditional Scottish breakfast.

All lunches are provided. These will take the form of picnic box style.

Included excursions

This program is designed to arrive on a Saturday afternoon and depart on a Saturday morning. It is available to book during the months of March to November only. During your stay, you will enjoy the following outings, subject to availability at the time you make a confirmed booking. You will be notified of availability before you make a booking.

  • Various whiskey tastings
  • 4 distillery visits in Argyll area (Oban, Campbeltown, Island of Arran or Island of Mull)
  • Self-guided activities will be supported by daily guidance, free use of bicycles, maps, guide books, etc. for all days during your stay


Jane Chaplin


Cairnbaan is a small Highland village on the banks of the Crinan Canal. It is located on the west coast of Scotland about 80 miles from Glasgow. Located in Cairnbaan is the Cairnbaan Hotel, which has a cozy pub, and restaurant, it is open all year.

Cairnbaan is the midway point of the Crinan Canal (most beautiful short cut in Britain). The canal which is 9 miles long is now a historic monument and is still used by pleasure yachts taking this short cut to avoid going round the Mull of Kintyre.

The complete length of Crinan Canal is now covered by a cycle track / walking path. Nearby (3 miles) is the town of Lochgilphead which has a variety of shops, large and small. Lochgilphead is served by bus from Glasgow six times per day. The larger town of Oban is 35 miles north of Cairnbaan and is well worth a visit, Oban is also served by train from Glasgow six times per day.


Seven breakfasts, seven lunches (box and picnic-style) and six dinners are included in the package. All meals are home-cooked traditional Scottish.

Meals are a mixture of historical classics and some with a modern twist. Where possible, all food is sourced locally. Typical menus might include Bradan Rost (hot smoked salmon), Scotch pies, Gravlax, Cullen Skink (fish soup), Cranachan, and dessert. Also included are homemade bakery items.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches box and picnic-style
  • 3 Scottish cooking sessions
  • 6 dinners
  • 3 or 4 distillery visits
  • Local guided walk in Kilmartin valley or do it self guided if you prefer
  • Use of bicycles
  • Maps and guide books
  • Towels, toiletries
  • Wi-Fi
  • Daily guidance from the staff

What's not included

  • Travel to Argyll
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner on one evening

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA). Transfer from and to this airport is not included in the package.

Included in the vacation price is a collection and return to the town of Lochgilphead. Adventure Tourism Services will pick you and take you back there free of charge. Or if you prefer they will collect you and pick you up from the town of Oban at an additional cost of 25 GBP one way.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This vacation is available between March and November, with arrival every Saturday.

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