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Big Tastes indeed in Scotland in Minature

On the Isle of Arran, just an hour’s ferry trip from the Scottish mainland, they promise ‘big tastes from a small island’. Based on our latest 2-night food safari we certainly wouldn’t argue with their bold statement. Arran has been said to come with a health warning. Visitors can be expected to suffer quickly from Arranitis. This condition starts with warm, feel-good feelings once arriving on Scotland’s 7th largest island and develops into full-blown euphoria! Arran is a stunning island with wonderful people, fabulous food & drink and we would suggest it is absolutely well worth taking the risk. Many of Scotland’s top chefs use ...

Nature’s Summer thro’ Autumn – A spring in our step!

Describing all manner of interesting facts like eh.....which mushrooms are poisonous!As a long time forager, starting with wild rasps and blackberries when aged 5 in some hedgerows at the back of my grandparent’s house in Aberdeenshire, I was then introduced to Perthshire’s wild mushroom wilderness by an Italian colleague when working at the 5 star Gleneagles Hotel.  My favourite time of the year for foraging is right about now; with berries still to be got and wild mushroom season upon us. My fascination for nature’s true larder continues to grow and it is perfect timing that in co-operation with Reforesting Scotland a guide has  been ...

Fisher food and more in fabulous Fife!

Culinary treasure was promised on our gourmet journey to the ‘East Neuk’ of the Kingdom of Fife and that was exactly what we found. Our first stop was to meet Jane Stewart of the St Andrew’s Farmhouse Cheese Company, who develops a range of traditional, high quality artisan cheese. Despite a viewing window & looped DVD showing the production of the cheese onsite, one of the things that makes a tour with Tasting Scotland so special is that you actually come face to face with some of Scotland’s food heroes and heroines. By providing you with a unique insight into what makes their product so special; be it in terms of the traditional process ...

A top day out Tasting Ayrshire

There was more than an air of success about this ‘Tasting Ayrshire’ Tour. The majority of our guests are well-respected entrepreneurs who afforded themselves a rare bank holiday off, and quite rightly so we say. Our day started with a visit to the Dunlop Dairy where Ann produces award winning artisan cheeses, using the milk from Ayrshire cows and goats (her own herd, which she milks herself). The tasting took us on a journey from a baby soft, creamy yet piquant goat’s cheese through to the grandmother of Ann’s brood, the nutty matured Dunlop.  That’s what we love the most about vertical tastings it allows everyone to pin-point their own ...

Walk the Talk – Tasty Treats in Edinburgh

Greetings Fellow Foodies! Walk the Talk:  Tasty Treats in Edinburgh’s glorious Old Town Our first Foodie Walking Journey provided an opportunity to celebrate the range of artisan produce available to try in the heart of our beautiful Capital City.  Traditionally made speciality cheeses, hot smoked salmon, venison salami & slow spit-roasted pork, were perfectly complimented by the sweet notes from organic thick, creamy hot chocolate, an array of artisan ice-creams, sorbets and little square of fudge…..or 3. Theme for the day: ‘Calorie Neutral Foodie Heaven’ (surely the walking element off-sets the calorific values?  Yes, we think so ...

Tasting Perthshire – Foodie Heaven

Greetings Fellow Foodies! The Late Summer Outing: Scintillating Success Our journey to Perth was fascinating: delicate oils, delicious speciality smoked salmon & trout, lunch from a Master Chef, and to complete a perfect day; some distinctive Scottish fruit wines. Theme for the day: 'local as can be'. This is what I love about Scotland, whether on the banks of River Tay or on the farms of Madderty – locally grown, artisan production and gastronomic delights lie all around us (and that's what our tours take you out and find). On this occasion, out first stop was the 50-year old Ferneyfold Farm, where they specialise in making the most exquisite ...