Scottish Highlands

An Autumnal Foraging Break in the Highlands at Five-Star Dunalastair Hotel Suites

This Autumn, embrace the trend of farm to fork dining and head to the Highlands for a luxurious stay at the five-star Dunalastair Hotel Suites where the head-chef will lead guests on a culinary journey through the incredible rugged landscape foraging for the freshest ingredients. From hedgerows filled with wild raspberries, to the heavy scent of wild garlic and learning which mushrooms are ripe for picking, guests at Dunalastair Hotel Suites will experience a true farm to fork culinary lesson as they handpick produce to be transformed by the team of chefs into sumptuous dishes such as a decadent wild mushroom risotto.

Wake up to a beautiful Scottish misty morning and step outside with the team of chefs at Dunalastair Hotel Suites to embark on a foraging experience like no other. Eagle eyes will spot the small patches of wild strawberries, the last of the season, whose sweet notes truly set them apart from the cultivated strawberries found in the everyday supermarket. Meander along hedgerows looking for wild raspberries before seeking the fragrant smell of fields of wild garlic which possess a much milder, more delicate flavour than the usual garlic bulb.

Picking mushrooms is not only a rewarding experience but one that requires expert knowledge, and this is something the team at Dunalastair Hotel Suites has in bounds. Guests will learn which mushrooms are safe to eat, which ones have a woody flavour and which ones are delicately sweet. Back in the hotel kitchen the team of chefs will set to work creating delicious dishes such as a wild mushroom risotto with wild garlic and truffle, followed by sweet treats using the end of summer fruits picked that morning. After lunch, guests can simply sit back and relax, or for those who haven’t had enough fresh air, there is a wealth of activities at guests’ disposal; from whisky tastings to stag watching and horse-riding through the hills.

Scottish Food

Head Chef, Gary Owen comments “We are fortunate to be surrounded by such exceptional produce and we strive to use as much of it in our seasonally inspired dishes as possible. Foraging for local specialities is an important part of the culinary experience at Edina’s and we are excited about introducing guests to this part of their gastronomic journey whilst staying at the hotel. Hopefully, guests will have a new-found understanding and joy when they taste our recipes that embrace the seasonal bounty of the Highlands.”

The Highlands is truly one of the most spectacular parts of the United Kingdom and its produce is as impressive as the landscape. For those seeking a unique Autumn break that embraces nature in an incredible culinary experience, the Dunalastair Hotel Suites is the perfect choice.

The Enchanted Nights at Dunalastair package starts from £245 per suite and includes:
•  Based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Suite for one-night B&B
•  Three course dinner for two in Edina’s