Unique Scottish Cooking and Cultural Experience

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring wilderness of the Scottish Highlands
  • Create incredible dishes using the riches of the wild landscape
  • Discover the true, authentic Scotland in rural communities and culture
£1995 pp
  1. Select your arrival date
  2. Choose the number of people
  3. In July and August there is a MINIMUM of 2 people
  4. Check availability!
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What you'll do

Welcome to the Highlands

You will be met at your pre-arranged location by our representative, who will accompany you by private car transfer to your cottage in Cairnbaan , Mid Argyll – the base for your holiday.

On arrival you will be introduced to Jane Chaplin and any other 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 to explore the local area or just relax.

Dinner will be served at the Cook school around 7pm 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.

Accommodation

The cottage is a well equipped, modern 2 bedroom, two story holiday cottage, set in a very peaceful location, 60 yards from the Crinan Canal. There is free car parking in a private car park adjacent to the cottage.

1. Ground floor: Porch area for boots, coats etc. Living/dining room with 2 x 3 seater sofas, dining area with table and 4 chairs. French doors to the back garden. Well equipped kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

The first floor has 2 double bedrooms. The large bedroom has a King size double bed, sleeps 2 adults. The smaller bedroom also has a double bed, suitable for 2 adults. The maximum occupancy is 4 guests.

Explore and cook

Breakfast on 6 days is at your cottage and you will help yourself from the fresh provisions supplied for you. These will be refilled regularly.

You will be invited to the cook school on one morning for a full Scottish cooked breakfast. The morning is for you to relax and recover from your travels. Lunch will be provided for you at your cottage at 1.30pm.

In the afternoon you may like to explore the picturesque Crinan Canal or other local sites of interest. You will meet up again around 4pm at the cooking school to start your first Scottish cooking session. Dinner will be served around 7pm.

Explore and cook

The morning is allocated to your first half day excursion. Lunch will be provided for you at your cottage. At 4pm you will participate in your second Scottish cooking lesson and dinner will be served around 7pm.

Free day

After breakfast you will participate in your third Scottish cooking session, followed by lunch at 1pm. The afternoon is free and you will meet up for dinner at the cook school around 7pm.

Explore and cook

Today you will participate in your full day excursion to Oban. A pub lunch or afternoon tea is included. Dinner tonight is prepared for you and will be served at the Cook school at 7.00pm.

Second half day excursion

The morning is allocated to your second half day excursion. This afternoon is free. Dinner is not included as this will be on your own at a local pub or restaurant. You will be provided with our suggestions.

Explore and cook

After breakfast your final cooking session will begin at 10am followed by lunch at 1pm. The afternoon is free and our farewell dinner at the Cook school is at 7pm.

Farewell to Scotland

After breakfast you will have to say farewell to Scotland, with new memories you can cherish forever.

Return transfers are either coach from Lochgilphead to Glasgow or train from Oban to Glasgow. All associated costs are included in the price.

What's included

Included

  • All transport throughout the provision of the holiday activities and itinerary including return private taxi transfer from Glasgow Airport. For the return transfer there is an option to choose to travel by train from Oban to Glasgow. This will not affect pricing but must be chosen in advance. This particular train journey on the ‘West Highland Line’ is one of the most picturesque in Europe.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in your own private Scottish Highland loge
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (served and picnic style)
  • 6 dinners with wine, beer at Cairnbaan cook school
  • 4 Scottish cooking sessions
  • Tea and coffee
  • Maps and guide books
  • Towels, toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Daily guidance from your host and staff
  • Whisky tasting sessions
  • Engraved personalised Scottish Whisky flask and cooking apron
Your local host

Brian

Brian spent around 15 years working in Community Development and Social Work for various public and private agencies and always had a serious interest in outdoor education and skills. He has achieved various coaching certificates and in 2005 decided to put his skills to good use in his own business, with his passion for the outdoors, in particular around his home on the west coast of Scotland and his 'second home' Greece.

Brian runs several trips in Scotland and in Greece, during the year, coordinating activities for both regions, and has a deep knowledge of both locations, the people, places, culture, food and recipes, and will be very excited to meet you and share his knowledge and love of each country with you.

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Location

Arrival

Your holiday starts on your chosen arrival date. You will be met at your arrival point in Glasgow and transferred to your accommodation.

Please note that the earliest meeting/collection time is 10.00 am. The latest arrival collection time is 6.00pm. You will be taken by private car transfer to your accommodation in Mid Argyll.

Departure

Your return transfer to Glasgow will either be by coach from Lochgilphead to Glasgow or by train from Oban to Glasgow, all associated costs are included in the price. The journey time is approx 2 hours to Glasgow.

FAQs

How will seasonality affect my holiday?

Depending on your chosen month of travel excursion, experiences will vary.

Scotland benefits from long summer days from around the beginning of May to late August when daylight remains until around 11.00 pm.

These seasonal variations will not affect the course itinerary, but may assist you in planning your trip to your own preferences; Scotland offers fantastic visitor experiences during most seasons.

This vacation is operated and provided on a Saturday arrival and departure day basis. All itinerary items will be provided but some alterations to the specific daily activities will be required.

Depending on what month you choose to visit, daily itineraries will be seasonal and variable and actual day activities may change, but all inclusions will be covered.

What excursions will I go on?

You will enjoy one full day excursion and two half day excursions:

1 Full day excursion: Visit to the traditional harbour town of Oban, including a visit to Oban whisky distillery and Dunollie Castle and museum. Oban is a vibrant little harbour town on the west coast of Scotland with opportunities for you to browse the shops, walk the history trail up to McCaigs tower or maybe sample some fresh shellfish from the many shore side huts. On this day lunch out is included in a traditional pub in Oban - OR – we can substitute this lunch for you to try the tradition of Scottish Afternoon Tea with views over the sea.

2 Half Day excursions:

1. Inveraray town and Inveraray Castle and gardens. Inveraray is a very picturesque town on the shores of Loch Fyne with a variety of shops and cafés. It’s historic Castle is home to the clan Campbell and dates back to the 14th Century. The current castle with its gothic turrets dates from the 18th Century and is home to the current Duke of Argyll. The gardens are beautiful in all seasons but May and September are particularly stunning for colour.

2. Guided walk through the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada and Kilmartin Valley. Your vacation is based in one of the most historically significant areas of the United Kingdom. This 3 hour relaxed walk will take you through some of the most beautiful countryside to experience standing stones, stone circles, cairns and rock carvings that date back 5,000 years to the Bronze Age.

Optional extras that can be added at your own expense to your week vacation .

Pre notification and booking essential and we will take care of these for you. Prices are indicative and will be confirmed at time of booking.

1.Wildlife and Corryvrecken whirlpool Boat Trip (May to Sept only) £95 per person

A 45 minute drive to the island of Easdale where you will board the day cruiser for a 3 hour cruise out to the gulf of Corryvrecken to experience the tide races , whirlpool and watch for whales and other wildlife.

2. Day trip to the island of Jura and whisky distillery tour £90 per person. A short drive to the picturesque village of Tayvallich from where you take a 1 hour catamaran ferry to the famous whisky island of Jura. The Jura whisky distillery is a short 5 minute walk from the ferry jetty.

3. Guided Sea kayaking – 6 hour trip £105 per person. Enjoy the local flora and fauna on a relaxed day of peaceful, guided sea kayaking exploring the spectacular lochs and coasts of this area. All equipment , guiding and relevant clothing will be provided.

What can I do in my free time?

During the week you will have ample free time. The local area offers a wide variety for self guided activities and opportunities right from your cottage doorstep. Below are some of the areas that we would recommend. We will be able to supply you with a detailed map and further guidance to explore these areas.

(a) Crinan - a walk west along the beautiful Crinan canal (right from your accommodation) for cream teas.
(b) Ardrishaig – a walk east along the canal from your accommodation to Ardishaig town or Lochgilphead town.
(c) Dunardy forest walk, near to nature trail.
(d) Visit to the local pub
(e) Historical Rock Art - Cup and Ring Marks walk (behind your cottage)

What food will I try?

- Cullen skink (Smoked fish soup)
- Braden Rost (Hot smoked Scottish salmon)
- Oatcakes and shortbread
- Traditional meat Scotch pies & meat Bridies
- Cranachan (oatmeal, raspberry, cream, oats, dessert)
- And of course Haggis, the famous Scottish delicacy

Can I always travel solo?

During high season (July-August) you can book for 2 people ONLY.

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