Introducing our brand new foodie tour! Spend a glorious week touring Scotland while indulging in some of the best food and drink we have to offer. Not only do you get to taste, we have arranged some hands on experiences with Award-winning experts! There is of course time for some sight-seeing along the way offering the perfect combination of food, drink , scenery and history.
Starting from Edinburgh or Glasgow as preferred, your guide will whisk you off to begin exploring. There is time for some sightseeing before your first experience perhaps you’ll visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch for Outlander fans) or indulge in some history at Stirling Castle before reaching the Perthshire town of Crieff.
What better way to begin a larder tour than with Scotland’s national drink (not Irn Bru, the other one!) We bring you to Scotland’s oldest distillery – Glenturret where you enjoy a tour which takes you through the traditional art of making Glenturret Single Malt. At the end of the tour you enjoy a tasting.
This afternoon you join local baker Iain Campbell for a baking masterclass. Iain is an award winning, seventh generation baker who is passionate about his craft. Choose from Shortbread, Oatcakes, Selkirk Bannocks or Outlander Bannocks as Iain teaches you using his family recipe.
As your items bake enjoy afternoon tea and a tour of the bakery before taking your baking away. Remember to share with your Stravaigin Guide!
Overnight in the Perthshire area.
Heading east you journey to the historic town of St Andrews. Outlander fans have the choice of an optional detour to Falkland which stands in for 1940’s Inverness in the show.
There are a variety of options this morning and your guide will discuss these with you. Perhaps you will choose to explore St Andrews Castle and Cathedral or wander around the University grounds. For golf fans head to Swilcan Bridge for that iconic photo.
This afternoon you enjoy a foodie walking tour of St Andrews. Stopping every 10 to 15 minutes you visit five establishments where you enjoy some delicious fayre often accompanied by a wine, beer or whisky.
Overnight in St Andrews.
This morning you head north and over the Tay Bridge. Your route takes you via Dundee to Glamis Castle which has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. Enjoy a guided tour of this family home.
Just a few minutes away you will find the wonderful Gin Bothy. Opened by founder Kim in 2018, she initially made jam and found the surplus berry juice infused with gin was the perfect combination.
Hear all about how the Gin Bothy began, share the team’s passion and of course have a taste over some delicious lunch platters.
Staying in the area, you are off to Ogilvy Farm this afternoon. Distilling vodka from their very own potatoes discover the process from Graeme, Caroline and the team on Scotland’s only dedicated vodka tour. Jump aboard the tattie box trailer for a tour of the farm and distillery finishing with a tutored tasting.
Overnight in the Angus area.
Chocolate is the highlight of today’s menu! Heading to Grandtully near Aberfeldy tucked away you will find the Highland Chocolatier. Iain Burnett has won over 40 awards including best truffle in the world twice. During your tour you will be given an insight into the world of artisan gourmet chocolate, you will visit the chocolate exhibition and enjoy a tasting flight of Velvet Truffles. There is of course time to browse the shop and pick up some delights to take home.
Heading north and into the Cairngorms you reach Dalwhinnie Distillery. Currently the highest distillery in the country Dalwhinnie means “Plain of Meetings”, it is named for it’s location at the junction of old drove roads between two mountain ranges. Here you enjoy a whisky and chocolate experience.
Continuing north towards Inverness, we stop this afternoon at Culloden Battlefield where you learn the sad history of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Overnight in Inverness.
Heading further into the Highlands this morning you reach the Falls of Shin where you will find Mac and Wild. Started as a Scottish street food offering in London, the Mac and Wild boys have come home to their Scottish routes offering foodie experiences in the most stunning surroundings. Today you roll up your sleeves and learn how to make Haggis! The team will guide you through the process, teaching you how to make and cook this proud Scottish delicacy.
Afterwards it is time to relax and enjoy a Highland Afternoon Tea.
Your tour continues through the stunning Highland scenery to the West Coast.
Overnight in Ullapool area.
This morning you travel along the rugged coastline to Dry Island meeting the McWhinney family who are the islands only inhabitants. Join Ian on his fishing boat for a Shellfish Safari experience.
This hands on trip will show you the life of a fisherman as you try your luck and see if you can find the catch of the day. Return to dry land where your catch is cooked up for lunch.
This afternoon you head south stopping at the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle before visiting the fairy tale houses at Manuela’s Wee Bakery.
Overnight in Fort Augustus area.
Your final day brings you through the beautiful West Highlands. Journey through the majestic valley of Glencoe where you will experience some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. Your route takes you via the quaint town of Inveraray and onwards to Loch Fyne Oyster Bar where we finish your tour with a mouth-watering seafood lunch platter.
Continue along the banks of Loch Lomond and back to Edinburgh or Glasgow where your tour ends.
Please note: Due to availability of some of the experiences this itinerary is best started on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
Here at Stravaigin we only work the best suppliers, from distilleries to bakeries to accommodation we handpick every one for the quality and service they offer. From independent and beautiful B&B’s to luxury castle hotels and everything in between we will select the perfect accommodation to compliment the tour based on your personal preferences.
Book now and experience the best Scotland has to offer!