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8 Days Scottish Cooking Holiday in Cairnbaan, Scotland

Cairnbaan cottages, Cairnbaan, Scotland

Cooking Holiday in Scotland

This vacation is a seven-day break, designed to provide you with a balance of some planned and programmed culinary 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. Escape from your busy life and learn to cook with the locals in Scotland!

Meet the instructors

Jane
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Highlights

  • 4 Scottish cooking sessions
  • Savor home-cooked Scottish meals
  • Spend time and make friends with the locals
  • Opportunity to visit nearby attractions and explore the area
  • Enjoy the quiet and peaceful location
  • 7 nights accommodation

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4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

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.

Program

This vacation is located in Mid Argyll, an unspoiled and undiscovered part of the Western Highlands of Scotland. This holiday is available during the months from March to November.

Day 1

  • Travel to Argyll, arrive by 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Settle into your cozy cottage and come to the Cairnbaan Cook School for your welcome dinner.

Day 2

  • You will have the morning free to cycle, walk or chill out.
  • Lunch is provided.
  • At around 4 p.m. you will come to the cook school for your first Scottish cooking session, followed by dinner.

Day 3

  • You will have the morning free to cycle, walk or chill out.
  • Lunch is provided.
  • At around 4 p.m. you will come to the cook school for your second Scottish cooking session, followed by dinner.

Day 4

  • The whole day is free for you to explore the area on foot or by cycle. Or you may wish to use the excellent public transport to venture further afield, take a trip up to Oban, Inveraray, or down to the famous Mull of Kintyre, all possible on the same day using public transport.
  • Dinner is on your own tonight. The hosts will advise you on suitable locations.

Day 5

  • Your morning is free, followed by lunch.
  • At 4 p.m. you will have your third Scottish cooking session, followed by dinner.

Day 6

  • The whole day is free for you to explore the area on foot or by cycle. Or you may wish to use the excellent public transport to venture further afield, take a trip up to Oban, Inveraray, or down to the famous Mull of Kintyre, all possible on the same day using public transport.
  • Dinner is on your own tonight. The hosts will advise you on suitable locations.

Day 7

  • You will have the morning free to cycle, walk or chill out.
  • Lunch is provided.
  • At around 4 p.m., you will come to the cook school for your fourth and final Scottish cooking session, followed by dinner.

Day 8

  • After breakfast, you are free to depart by 10 a.m.

Included excursions

There are no included excursions, but you have access to free bicycles for the week, daily staff guidance on how best to use your free time. There is also a range of maps and guide books provided.

Instructors

Jane Chaplin

Location

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.

Food

Included in this package are five dinners, seven breakfasts, and seven lunches. 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
  • Coffee
  • 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 in traditional Highland cottage in Cairnbaan
  • 5 dinners
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 4 Scottish cooking sessions
  • 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 two evenings

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA). Afterward, it is a short bus ride into Glasgow city center. Buses run every 10 minutes, 24 hours per day. From Glasgow center, you can travel to Lochgilphead by bus. It takes around two hours 15 minutes, there are six buses per day.

The Adventure Tourism Services team will collect and return you to either the town of Lochgilphead 3 miles away from Cairnbaan (free of charge) or the town of Oban 36 miles away (additional charge of 25 GBP one way). For more specific information, please send an inquiry.

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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