8 Days Unique Scottish Cultural and Cooking Vacation in Lochgilphead, Scotland

8 Days Unique Scottish Cultural and Cooking Vacation in Lochgilphead, Scotland

  • Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

Cooking Holidays Scotland

Experience the real Scotland by learning how to prepare and cook its traditional dishes and discovering its vibrant history. Scotland has a various available natural produce that can be found in its rich mountains, glens, wild rivers, and coastal area. By using its natural ingredients, you will discover and learn how to develop a range of traditional mouthwatering and delicious Scotland's feasts.

Highlights

  • 5 cooking classes
  • Learn new and traditional Scottish recipes
  • A culinary treat for fans of the "Outlander" books and TV
  • Transform ingredients direct from the sea, fields, and mountains to your plate
  • Visit renowned Islands , whisky distilleries, and historic sites
  • Experience Scotland’s magical landscapes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying at Scottish Highland cottage. You will stay in a private room and your actual accommodation base will be notified to you at the time of a confirmed booking and will be determined by the number of people in your group.

In this holiday, experience five cooking classes delivered in an informal, fun, friendly and personal way in a Scottish traditional kitchen. You will have the opportunity to forage for seasonal foods from the hedgerows, woodlands, and coasts and take these ingredients back to the kitchen to use in your recipes.

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 such as 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 cooking sessions will be based in a traditional Scottish family style fully equipped kitchen and each vacation and course will be limited to a maximum of four 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.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Saturday

You will be met at either Glasgow Airport (GLA) or Edinburgh Airport (EDI) by Adventure Tourism Services representative, who will accompany you by private car transfer to Mid Argyll - the base for your holiday. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to Jane Chaplin and any other guests or staff who will be involved in your vacation during the week.

This will be followed by the opportunity to relax and settle in for a couple of hours. Depending on the time of year, you may wish to go for a walk or to explore the local area or just relax. Dinner will be served around 8:00 p.m. when you will have an informal meeting to discuss further and plan the aspects of your stay and ask any questions that you may have.

Day 2: Sunday

After breakfast, you will be taken on an excursion to visit Kilmartin Museum. Lunch will be served when you return. In the afternoon, you may like to relax or explore the picturesque Crinan Canal or other local sites of interest. You will meet up again around 4:00 p.m. to start your first Scottish cooking session. Dinner will be served around 8:00 p.m.

Day 3: Monday

The morning is allocated to your chosen half day excursion. After lunch around 3:00 p.m. you will participate in your second Scottish cooking lesson and dinner will be served around 7:00 p.m.

Day 4: Tuesday

After breakfast you will participate in your third Scottish cooking session, followed by lunch. The afternoon is free around 3:00 p.m. and you will meet up for dinner which will be served around 7:00 p.m.

Day 5: Wednesday

Today, you will participate in your chosen full day excursion followed by dinner.

Day 6: Thursday

The morning is allocated to your chosen half day excursion. After lunch around 3:00 p.m. you will participate in your second Scottish cooking lesson and dinner will be served around 7:00 p.m.

Day 7: Friday

After breakfast, your morning is your free time. In the afternoon, you will begin your final Scottish cooking class with the recipe of your choice.

Day 8: Saturday

After breakfast, you will be taken by a private transfer to either Glasgow Airport (GLA) or Edinburgh Airport (EDI) for your onward connection.

Your excursion will be determined by the month you choose to book your cooking holiday. After confirming a booking, you will be provided with a detailed description which will assist you in choosing from the various options shown in the list below. You may choose one full day and two half day excursion.

Full day excursions (available all year round)

  • The Hebridean island of Islay to include the three distilleries walk. This excursion will include ferry, and visits to the famous Laphroaig, Ardbeg, and Lagavullin single malt whiskey distilleries
  • Island of Luing, Easdale Island, and Atlantic Islands center
  • The Island of Mull and Tobermory Whisky distillery
  • Island of Mull and Duart Castle
  • Town of Oban, including visit to Oban whiskey distillery, Dunstaffnage Castle, Dunollie Castle, and a guided visit to Kilbride, (the clan burial ground of clan MacDougall of Mac Dougall)
  • The Island of Gigha and Achamore gardens.

Half day excursions

  • Kilmartin Valley, Templewood stone circle, and Dunadd Fort
  • Castle Sween (oldest castle in Scotland) and Kilmory Chapel
  • Cairnbaan and Achnabreac ancient rock carvings
  • Oban town and Oban whiskey distillery
  • Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool boat cruise passing by the islands of Scarba and Jura
  • Auchindrain ancient highland township
  • Inveraray town and Inveraray Castle

Please note that the half day excursions of Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool boat cruise passing by the islands of Scarba and Jura, Auchindrain ancient highland township, and Inveraray town and Inveraray Castle mentioned above are only available with vacations booked between April and October.

  • Jane Chaplin

    Your culinary host for your vacation in Scotland is 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 continues to provide culinary and catering services to adventure groups during their vacations in Scotland. Jane's passions are firmly rooted in the Scottish countryside where she spends her time visiting remote locations and islands, seeking inspiration to help her create unique combinations of natural Scottish ingredients for traditional and modern Scottish dishes.

The cooking vacation will take place in Dál Riada, Scotland. Once the ancient kingdom of Scotland, which is located in the unspoiled 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.

On this vacation, you will be cooking and preparing a variety of meats, fish, shellfish, and vegetables. Some of the dishes you will cook and enjoy during your stay in Scotland are Cullen skink (smoked fish soup), Braden rost (hot smoked Scottish salmon), oatcakes and oatmeal baps, scotch pies, cranachan (oatmeal raspberry, cream, and nut dessert) and of course haggis, the famous Scottish delicacy.

Other dishes that you might prepare or will be prepared for you are cock-a-leekie soup (traditional burns night starter), scotch broth (lamb), venison, fresh mussels, homemade cakes and biscuits - gingerbread, rich whisky fruit cake, scones, traditional shortbread, tablet, home-baked bread, seasonal preserves - bramble jam, raspberry conserve, and puddings - bread and butter pudding, sticky toffee pudding, rice pudding.

You will also enjoy traditional Scottish breakfasts - porridge, black pudding, Lorne sausage, free-range eggs, bacon. A selection of cereals, fresh fruits, toast and homemade marmalades and preserves. Picnic lunches of filled sandwiches or rolls, or a savory pie or flan.

There are many beautiful walk trails in every direction from your accommodation base and from the cookery school. You may explore on foot or by bicycle the picturesque and historic Crinan canal and the pretty little harbor hamlets where you might be lucky enough to spot the resident otters catching their supper or watch the cheeky seals in the bay.

You may also head off into the pine forests where you might spy deer and stag on your hike to the ancient cup and ring marks. The atmospheric moine mhor (great moss nature reserve) lies beside the canal and is a haven for coastal birds. Here, the view is breathtaking across the Sound of Jura towards the islands of Jura, Scarba, and Mull.

Take a walk and treat yourself to a pint of beer at the pub or a cup of tea at the Crinan harbor tea room. Walk along the canal in the opposite direction and you can visit the coastal town of Lochgilphead which has a range of shops, and facilities, or carry on to the smaller town of Ardrishaig where the canal meets the famous Loch Fyne.

  • 5 4-hour Scottish cooking sessions
  • Local guided walks to collect wild ingredients for cooking class
  • Whisky tasting session
  • Excursions of your choice as mentioned in the included excursions
  • 7 daily breakfasts
  • 7 picnic style lunches
  • 6 traditional Scottish dinners
  • 1 evening dining out
  • Returns transfer from Glasgow Airport (GLA) or Edinburgh Airport (EDI) to Mid Argyll
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • All transportation during the vacation
  • Engraved personalized Scottish whisky flask
  • Airfare
  • Other travel costs not included in itinerary
  • Personal insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA) or Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

Please note that the earliest meeting or pick-up time from both these airports is 10:30 a.m. The latest arrival pick up time is 7:30 p.m. You will be taken by private car transfer to your accommodation base in Mid Argyll.

Upon departure, you will be transferred by a private transfer to either Glasgow Airport (GLA) or Edinburgh Airport (EDI). The private transfer journey times are approximately two hours to Glasgow Airport (GLA) or Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

Please consider the traveling time when making onward or departure flight arrangements. If your flight has a two-hour check-in time and your flight departs at 9:30 a.m., this would require a departure from Mid Argyll at around 5:00 a.m.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Argyll , United Kingdom

Adventure Tourism Services provides various themed vacations such as cooking, sea kayaking, yoga, and beach holidays in Scotland and Greece.

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Availability

This vacation is available from January, 2018 to December, 2018, with arrival on Saturday.

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