Scottish Cheese Trail Part 1
The Scottish Cheese Trail Pt 1.
Scotland is known for some of its rather bizarre and unique foods – the country has foods steeped in history to more modern favourites (deep-fried Mars bar anyone?). However, despite it’s quirks, we have also produced some of the most delicious gourmet food. The Scottish Cheese Trail takes you around Scotland taking in some of this countries great cheeses.
There are a number of trails around Scotland that celebrate local produce, we’ve already covered the Malt Whisky Trail and Seafood Trail. Now it’s time to move onto some of Britain’s finest cheeses in the Scottish Cheese Trail.
What could be better than hiring a campervan and spending a week travelling around the spectacular Scottish countryside, whilst stopping every now and again for a we tour and taster? Is your mouth watering yet?
To make the most of the places you visit, It’s best to spread the trail over a few days, so I’ve created an iterinary for a week’s holiday in Scotland. Follow Part 1 below, the we’ll post the second part later in the week.
Once you’ve picked up your van from Rockinvans, you won’t have to travel too far before your first cheese fix as Dunlop Dairy is just 11 miles away. This small farm produces cows’, goats’ and sheep’s milk to create a range of soft and hard cheeses.
- Bonnet – a goats’ cheese, with a texture similar to Wensleydale
- Dunlop – dry cloth bound cheese, often compared to a soft cheddar
- Swinzie – a creamy texture using the milk from local sheep.
Next, you’ll make your way 30 miles north up to Ardardan Farm Shop, which is just 10 miles from Glasgow. With a farm shop and deli counter, you can buy loads of goodies to take with you on your journey up to the Highlands, but make sure you stop off for a cuppa first.
After a relaxing day at Dunlop Dairy and Ardadan Farm Shop, you’ll have a long drive ahead up to West Highland Dairy over three hours away in Achmore.
Hopefully you got a good night’s sleep as you’ll be visiting three dairies today and driving over 100 miles inbetween. First up is West Highland Dairy, which makes delicious handmade cheeses and also specialises in crème fraiche.
Back in the van and a couple of hours later, you’ll end up at Connage Highland Dairy just past Inverness. This organic dairy farm has produced a number of award-winning vegetarian hard cheeses. You can visit the production room to see where all the action happens as well as buy produce from the pantry.
Further along the coast in Elgin is Gordon & MacPhail, a grocery shop that actually specialise in Malt Whisky. The cheese counter in the deli just can’t be missed though.
You’ll get your head down for the night in Elgin – try North Alves Caravan Park or Riverside Caravan Park – before an early start and a long journey to the Orkney Islands tomorrow.
Get up and out early this morning as you’ll want to fit in Island Smokery and Orkney Cheddar on the Orkney Islands later on today. First you’ll have to drive the camper three hours north to Thurso, before catching the ferry over to the island – find out more about getting to Orkney here.
First up is the smokery, which takes local cheeses and creates distinctive (and award-winning) flavours in the smokery. They don’t have a website, but you can contact them on 01856850840.
After spending time there, you’ll move on to Orkney Cheddar, which is just half an hour’s drive away in Kirkwall. The Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kitchin, is a fan of the cheeses produced by the Orkney Cheese Co. and you can even find some of his recipes on their website.
Book a pitch at Pickaquoy Caravan and Camping Site before getting the ferry back to the mainland tomorrow.
You can find Part 2 of the Scottish Cheese Trail here.