Adele Conn, otherwise known as Tartan Spoon, is an award-winning food, drink and travel blogger based in Edinburgh.
She is passionate about Scottish produce and promoting her home country as a top food and drink destination.
We gave her the difficult task of narrowing down her top three places to stay, drink and eat in Scotland.
The Creel Yard
Nestled along the picturesque coastline of the Isle of Grimsay, North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, lies the rustic Creel Yard Camping. The camping site is located just above a sleepy harbour that reflects the enduring spirit of a community shaped by the rhythms of the ocean. It’s a hidden gem that promises a truly idyllic getaway for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
There isn’t much in the way of accommodation on Uist and for adventure seekers the Creel Yard is a perfect place to lay your head when a 5-star hotel is not required. The Creel Yard is not far from the Hebridean Cycle Path and provides shelter for your bikes too. The Creel Yard also welcomes dogs, just well behaved ones!
The Creel Yard has two types of accommodation available : bunkhouses and pods that are kind to your wallet, starting at around £40 per night.
The Tipsy Midgie
This is a hidden gem, and a treasure trove for whisky lovers. About a five-minute taxi ride from Waverley Station and located right next door to a whisky distillery, The Tipsy Midgie is the place to visit for the whisky curious, novices, aficionados or experts!
After only being open for 14 months, the bar has been crowned as Whisky Bar of the Year and Colin Hinds, the owner, is Whisky Guru of the Year. They have the largest collection of whisky in Edinburgh with over 800 bottles open and ready to taste. Most Thursday evenings, the bar hosts Distillery Discovery evenings where Scottish Distilleries showcase a minimum of five expressions to a select audience. These evenings are sold out in advance and their chocolate and whisky pairings are extremely popular too! This bar is ideal for private launches, tastings and intimate parties. A must visit bar on any trip to Edinburgh.
Straloch Wild Picnic Bothy
This bothy is #picnicgoals. The bothy location is incredible; perched high up in the hills of Straloch, overlooking heather clad glens, rivers and looking up towards the mountains of Glenshee.
During the winter months the lunch hut is airtight and cosy thanks to the wood burning stove and fur rugs. Whilst during the summer months, the side of the of the lunch hut swings open bringing the Scottish landscape inside or you outside. A large deck out front will also make for an ideal sundowner spot on those long light summer nights.
Inside you’ll find a large wooden table laden with scrumptious dishes and whisky of course! These Wild Picnics and Whisky Tastings are bespoke so you can tailormake them to whatever you require; from the food to the whiskies you taste. It’s your wild picnic after all!
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