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Story #3 – Top 5 Scottish escapes for Autumn - Mac and Wild

Story #3 – Top 5 Scottish escapes for Autumn

Autumn can be a funny one. Maybe it is the Indian Summer pattern of weather here in UK, or perhaps it is our inner body clock preparing to hanker down for winter, but somehow many of us seem to crave a few days escape, off-the-grid, in cosy, enriching surroundings. When the temperature starts to dip, the leaves do their incredible thing and the candles start to flicker, we can’t think of anywhere more fitting than heading home for a few short restorative nights and days. We recently asked some of our fellow creative ‘Scots in London’ for their tips on the best Autumn escape spots, where to stay, eat and drink and what not to miss. Here’s what they gave us…

  1. Kestin HareKestin Hare (Menswear) @kestinhare

Where you would escape to? 

Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides Island off the North West coast. (approx 3 hour drive form Inverness)

Why? 

We have a holiday house on Skye – near Hallin on the north west coast of the Island. It’s magical up there. The scenery and the light is like no-where else. No TV at ours, just loads of long walks, reading, cooking, painting and board games.

Who and what you would take with you?

I would take my wife, my daughters and my fishing rods.

Eating and drinking and what not to miss there? 

Skye has the best and freshest seafood. A perfect day would be going to the Oyster Shed near Carobost for fresh seafood, then popping into the Talisker distillery for a tasting session, and then dinner on the way home at the Loch Bay Restaurant. The Coral Beach is always worth a visit, on a sunny day it could rival any Carribean beach the water is so crystal clear and the sand so white.

Where to stay?

Timber House, Isle of Skye 

Favourite dram?

BenRiach 21 yrd old peated

West coast scallops or Highland venison?

West coast scallops

Autumn stillness on Skye – Old Man of Storr

 

 

2. Dave LocheadFinlay London (eyewear)

@finlayandco

Where you would escape to? 

Loch Lomond, South West Coast (short drive from Glasgow)

Why? 

Short flight to Glasgow then a quick drive and you’re on the Loch side. Stunning scenery, great food and activities. All in an easy weekend.

Who and what you would take with you?

Best friends. Meet Heathrow Fri after work and make a weekend of it.  Golf clubs if can be bothered. If not you can hire there.

Eating and drinking and what not to miss there? 

The Great Scots Bar at Cameron House is a memorable spot. Great Whisky collection too! Currently closed for works but one to visit when it opens again. 

Where to stay?

Carrick Lodges. Great access to the Carrick Spa and fantastic golf on your doorstep.

Favourite dram?

Balvenie Carribean Cask

West coast scallops or Highland venison?

Scallops!

The bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

 

  

3. Rory Lawson – Coco Pro (Protein Coconut Water)

@drinkcocopro

Where you would escape to? 

North Berwick, East Lothian (short drive from Edinburgh)

Why? 

Seneational coastal town right on Scotland’s golf coast with all the essentials to hand – good food, cosy pubs, beaches, golf courses…and sometimes weather.

Who and what you would take with you?

Either my wife and the essentials for a chilled weekend or the boy and my golf clubs.

Eating and drinking and what not to miss there? 

Food: Rocketeer, Zitto, Osteria, Herringbone

Drink: Nether Abbey, Herringbone, The Auld Hoose.

Where to stay?

McDonald Marine Hotel, The Golf Lodge (Tommy & Emma are amazing hosts) or a host of great Air B&B options.

Favourite dram?

Bruichladdich – The Classic Laddie!

West coast scallops or Highland venison?

I am a meat man, so Venison.

East Lothian – Scotland’s Golf Coast

 

 

4. Dave PickardLondon Sock Co.

@londonsockco

Where you would escape to? 

Stonehaven, North East Coast (short drive from Aberdeen)

Why? 

Childhood nostalgia! Spent all our summer holidays there by the sea, the surrounding glens and hills. I love getting into the fresh seaside air on a beach and cliff side walk. Autumn was always particularly beautiful.

Who and what you would take with you?

Always a family place for me so my wife and as many family members as could make it. Bike and some good outdoor (waterproof) clothing and walking shoes.

Eating and drinking and what not to miss there? 

The Bay Fish and Chip Shop for the best fish supper in the world (in my opinion). Couple lovely hotel bars in the harbour to enjoy after a brisk walk. Exploring the breathtaking ruins of the medieval fortress at Duntottar Castle. The outdoor heated pool is always fun of still open.

Where to stay?

Any of the cosy B&Bs on the seafront or the hotels in the harbour. As close to the sea as you can find a room. Nothing beats waking up to the noise of the waves and seagulls.

Favourite dram?

Dalmore

West coast scallops or Highland venison?

Scallops! 

Duntottar Castle, by Stonehaven

 

 

5. Calum Mackinnon – Mac & Wild

@macandwild

Where you would escape to? 

Speyside, Moray/Highlands border (just over an hour from Inverness)

Why? 

It has always felt like a fairytale land to me – a great escape for the mind. Glens and forests, meandering rivers, little villages and of course the whisky artisans/heros busy at their craft make for very happy days. Autumn and winter are my favourite time to visit. The changing colours and open fires are pretty spectacular.

Who and what you would take with you?

Anyone who loves whisky and is good at switching off.

Where to stay?

The Craigellachie Hotel 

Eating and drinking and what not to miss there? 

As the home of Copper Dog Whisky (spectacular blended malt combining the greatest whisky of the Speyside region), the bar and restaurant by the same name downstairs do all the comfort classics brilliantly.  The chat at the bar is always great, given that many of the locals produce much of the whisky I love. And of course, whisky list is quite a beauty. When in whisky country, out and about it is forest and river walks between as many distillery tours as can fit into the weekend.  

Favourite dram?

Glenfiddich IPA cask

West coast scallops or Highland venison?

The toughest of choices but Venison has it by a head!

A very beautiful whisky collection at The Craigellachie Hotel