VisitScotland’s Business Events team organised a familiarisation trip for a group of 13 buyers as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, a 12-month celebration of the country’s tastiest offerings.
The trip began with a visit to the luxury Achnagairn Castle and Lodges in Kirkhill, Inverness-shire, followed by lunch at the Rocpool Reserve’s Chez Roux restaurant in Inverness. Guests also enjoyed a journey to the shores of the Dornoch Firth, home of the Glenmorangie Distillery and experienced how to make the finest single malt whisky.
Dinner and the first evening was spent at the five-star Ackergill Tower in Wick, a 15th-century castle. On the following day, guests took part in clay pigeon shooting at Ackergill, before lunch and a show round at Links House, Dornoch. A cooking demonstration from head chef Euan Walker at New Drumossie Hotel in Inverness was followed with a tasting session at Nip, the city’s new boutique craft drinks festival. During the trip, the group also visited other Inverness venues including Kingsmills, Glen Mhor and Pentahotel.
The final day began with a show round at Castle Stuart’s clubhouse, followed by lunch at Macdonald Aviemore Resort and a tour of Inverness Airport.
Moira Unwin, VisitScotland’s business events manager for the north of Scotland, said: "This has been a fantastic opportunity for leading event organisers from the north of England and Ireland to see exactly what the Highlands has to offer. Not only does this world-famous region boast an array of unique superb accommodation and venues but, as our guests discovered at the weekend, it also boasts fantastic food and drink, something we are celebrating throughout 2015 – Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink."