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Spring & Autumn Traditional Scottish Cooking Holiday

From £949 pp

Argyll & The Isles, Scotland

5 days

Private retreat for 2-4 people

Spring & Autumn Traditional Scottish Cooking Holiday

What You'll Do

Head to the pristine wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, immerse yourself in stunning nature and learn to cook using the riches of this incredible landscape to craft truly delicious, authentic Scottish meals.

This holiday is offered from the end of March - the end of November.

You’ll be met at your prearranged meeting point, and taken deep into the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands for a culinary experience you’ll never forget.

Cairnbaan is a small Highland village on the banks of the Crinan Canal, and it’s here, beside the windswept coastline, the dramatic glens and mountain peaks stretching off into the distance, that you’ll learn to take the riches of this beautiful land and turn them into incredible feasts.

From the salmon that swell the sweeping, clean rivers, the deer that wander the hills and woods, the shellfish that cling to the crags on rockpools in the salty sea mist, there is an abundance of rich variety that is totally reflected in the food you will learn to cook.

Cairnbaan is the midway point of the Crinan Canal (the most beautiful short cut in Britain). The 9-mile canal is now a historic monument, and is still used by pleasure yachts taking this short cut to avoid going round the Mull of Kintyre.

Over your five days here, head out exploring the natural beauty of the landscape, head back in for a cooking session and a delicious, freshly prepared meal, and then settle in a local pub for a cosy end to a truly satisfying day.


Explore the wild majesty of the Scottish Highlands and escape the bustle of city life

Learn to cook beautiful recipes from the freshest, highest-quality ingredients

Get to know the real, rural Scottish culture and history

Your Local Host:


Brian spent around 15 years working in Community Development and Social Work for various public and private agencies and always had a serious interest in outdoor education and skills. He has achieved various coaching certificates and in 2005 decided to put his skills to good use in his own business, with his passion for the outdoors, in particular around his home on the west coast of Scotland and his 'second home' Greece.

Brian runs several trips in Scotland and in Greece, during the year, coordinating activities for both regions, and has a deep knowledge of both locations, the people, places, culture, food and recipes, and will be very excited to meet you and share his knowledge and love of each country with you.

Experience Itinerary

Welcome to Cairnbaan

Travel to Argyll, arrive by 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., settle into your cosy cottage and come to the Cairnbaan Cook School for your welcome dinner.







The cottage is a well equipped, modern 2 bedroom, two story holiday cottage, set in a very peaceful location, 60 yards from the Crinan Canal. There is free car parking in a private car park adjacent to the cottage.

1. Ground floor: Porch area for boots, coats etc. Living/dining room with 2 x 3 seater sofas, dining area with table and 4 chairs. French doors to the back garden. Well equipped kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

The first floor has 2 double bedrooms. The large bedroom has a King size double bed, sleeps 2 adults. The smaller bedroom also has a double bed, suitable for 2 adults. The maximum occupancy is 4 guests.


Your Adventure Begins

You will have the morning free to cycle, walk or chill out. Lunch is provided. Around 4 p.m. you will come to the cook school for your first Scottish cooking session, followed by dinner.






Your private cottage

Explore to Your Heart's Content

The whole day is free for you to explore the area on foot or by cycle. Or you may wish to use the excellent public transport to venture further afield, take a trip up to Oban, Inveraray or down to the famous Mull of Kintyre, all possible on the same day using public transport.


Your private cottage


Perfect Your Culinary Skills

Your morning is free, followed by lunch. At 4 p.m. you will have your second Scottish cooking session, followed by dinner.


Your private cottage


Farewell to Scotland

After breakfast, you are free to depart by 10.00 a.m

Location Information

Cairnbaan is a small Highland village on the banks of the Crinan Canal. It is located on the west coast of Scotland, about 80 miles from Glasgow.

Nearby (3 miles) is the town of Lochgilphead. Lochgilphead is served by bus from Glasgow six times per day. The larger town of Oban is 35 miles north of Cairnbaan and is well worth a visit, Oban is also served by train from Glasgow six times per day.

Guests will stay in the quiet, peaceful hamlet of Cairnbaan in a traditional style Highland cottage. The cottage has all modern amenities, wifi, TV, washing machine, outdoor seating, sitting room, two double bedrooms, bathroom, towels/toiletries. The cottage is situated one-minute walk from the Cairnbaan Hotel and 7-minute walk along the canal from the Cairnbaan Cooking School.

  • 4 nights' accommodation in a traditional Highland cottage on the banks of the Crinan Canal
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 Scottish cooking sessions (4 hours each)
  • 3 home-cooked Scottish dinners
  • Self-guided activities will be supported by daily guidance, free use of bicycles, maps, guide books, etc. for all days during your stay


The package includes four breakfasts, two cooking lessons, and three dinners. All meals are home-cooked traditional Scottish.

Meals are predominantly the traditional classics, some with a modern twist. Where possible, all food is sourced locally. Typical menus might include Bradan Rost (hot smoked salmon), Scotch pies, Gravlax, Cullen Skink (fish soup), Cranachan, and dessert. Homemade bakery items are also included.

Breakfasts for four mornings will be a basket containing a wide range of Scottish products for you to prepare, self-catered breakfast in your cottage. These supplies will be replenished as and when required.

All lunches are provided. These will take the form of picnic.

Please book your flight to arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA). Afterward, it is a short bus ride into Glasgow city centre. Buses run every 10 minutes, 24 hours per day. From Glasgow centre, you can travel to Lochgilphead by bus. It takes around two hours 15 minutes, there are six buses per day.

The Adventure Tourism Services team will collect and return you to either the town of Lochgilphead 3 miles away from Cairnbaan (free of charge) or the town of Oban 36 miles away (additional charge of 25 GBP one way).