July brings a real taste of summer to Scotland. This is a perfect time for touring, whether by car, train, luxury yacht or bicycle.
If cycling is your preference then you may be interested in two itineraries produced in conjunction with The Carter Company. If your preference is a life on the ocean wave then consider the newly refurbished Hebridean Princess as your choice for exploring Scotland’s coastline.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is meeting visitors who have stayed in our member hotels. I often ask them what was the most memorable part of their visit to Scotland. Some say the friendliness of the locals, others say the quiet roads or the dramatic scenery, but by far the most frequent response is the wonderful food they enjoyed. Scotland has an enviable reputation for some the finest food in the world, from quivering fresh seafood, Scotch beef, venison, fresh and smoked salmon, soft fruits and berries from the Carse O’Gowrie and artisan cheeses.
On the subject of food, Boath House have an informal wine tasting and four course lunch in partnership with one of New Zealand’s finest wine makers, which will be held on Saturday 4th July with canapés in the walled garden and lunch in the restaurant.
The Royal Yacht Britannia are holding Festival Suppers which are proving very successful.
At Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, their team of award-winning chefs has created their most decadent menu yet. “The Degustation” which comprises eight incredible courses, each one highlighting a different culinary art to be enjoyed at the 3 AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant.
From The Torridon, Chef David Barnett delighted audiences at the Royal Highland Show but is now back at the hotel wowing customers with his new range of ice creams.
For all of this and more, our monthly newsletter article is focused on Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink.
Wishing you all a delicious July.