Year of Food and Drink
Food is an important part of any holiday and if you know where to look you will find that Scotland has fine dining, fresh produce and traditional dishes to rival anywhere in the world. 2015 is the year of food and drink, an opportunity to highlight all that’s good about our cuisine and ingredients so here are a few reasons why we think it is worth a visit.
Lochinver is an unassuming fishing village in a glorious setting in the north west but has become something of a foodie destination for those in the know. The abundance of freshly caught seafood and locally sourced game provide chefs here with the raw ingredients to make some of the most memorable meals in the Highlands. Scattered through this village of only 600 inhabitants you will find the UK’s most northerly Michelin starred restaurant The Albannach; Chez Roux at the Inver Lodge Hotel, owned by TV chef and cooking legend Michel Roux and the newly opened Peet’s. In addition you can spoil yourself at the most famous pie shop in Scotland, the Lochinver Larder. Fortunately, after treating yourself you don’t have far to travel to one of our luxury properties in the area. Culkein Lodge and Seahorses both come with amazingly well equipped kitchens if you want to prepare some of the fresh produce the area has to offer.
Argyll is our destination of choice for food festivals in 2015 with three top events to tickle your tastebuds. The Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival, The Loch Fyne Food Fair and The Tarbert Seafood Festival. All these events are fun, family friendly affairs that include demonstrations, cook-offs, tastings and samplings and serve to showcase the best of local produce. So for a taste of the local community abandon the kitchen and begin your local food and drink adventure here. Check out some of our amazing properties in Argyll for the perfect base to explore and indulge yourself.
For a different Scottish culinary experience this year then how about The World Porridge Making Championships in Carrbridge. The Golden Spurtle awarded to the winner is now one of the most coveted awards in the industry but is open for all to compete. It’s grown into a huge event but always light hearted and for those seeking a real taste of Scotland there are stalls selling all manner of variations on this staple, both traditional as well as experimental. Podgeree anyone? If that has got you inspired then why not practice your porridge skills on the professional 6 hob gas range at our premier property Allt Beag which is only walking distance from the centre of Carrbridge.
Photo Credit: Peet's