September is officially here and we are beginning to think about how to make the most of those sunny autumn days. Our first suggestion is to discover the Highlands through their distinctive flavours. Plan your own foodie holiday and try delicious seasonal produce like apples and pears, venison, pheasant, wild trout and oysters.
Summer is almost over, but the fun continues all over Central Scotland and the Highlands. Food and drinks are the main focus of some of this season’s most awaited events. With its fresh and distinct taste, gin will be in the spotlight at Wee G&T Fest at Dewar’s Centre, Perth Chocolate & Gin Street Fest and Stirling Gin Festival 2019. If you are looking for something different (and you stomach is already growling), you might be interested in Dundee Flower & Food Festival, a three-day long event that brings competitive classes, beautiful displays, live performances and demonstrations. If you are up for a short drive to the city, the Scottish Vegan Festival in Edinburgh is not just about food. Browse the numerous stalls and listen to some of the talks to learn about a more sustainable lifestyle.
Make your own
One of the best things about self-catering is that you get to live your holiday at your own pace. No one will stop you from enjoying a full Scottish breakfast every morning, or a delicious home-cooked meal at night. The only secret is having the very best ingredients, fresh produce that we suggest purchasing from local farmers markets. Here is a list of local markets that you might drive past on the way back to your cottage:
Michelin Star dining
Those with refined palates might want to aim for the stars. Michelin stars, to be precise. Scotland is currently home to 14 Michelin restaurants, but the Andrew Fairlie Restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel is the only one that achieved not one but two Michelin stars. Check out our properties near Gleneagles here.
Having a chocolate craving? You will not want to settle for store bought bars. Book a tasting at Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier (read the blog post about our visit here), or a workshop at Charlotte Flower Chocolates. You will not regret it!
Photo from gleneagles.com