The Scottish Cheese Trail Part 2
The Scottish Cheese Trail Part 2
Scotland is home to hundreds of cheeses, some of them are even award-winners! Join the Scottish Cheese Trail to celebrate locally produced cheese. This is the latter half of our itinerary for the Scottish Cheese Trail, so if you missed the first part, check it out here.
First off, you will need to get from the Orkney Islands to the mainland early on. It’s quite a long journey, once you’ve arrived back in Thurso, it’s nearly a three hour drive to Rothiemurchus Farm Shop & Deli in Aviemore.
As well a delicious Highland beef, venison, tasty sausages, haggis and rainbow tout, there is a beautiful range of farmhouse cheeses. The deli is a haven of beautiful local produce, but there is much more on offer outside, as it also has loads of outdoor activities. It’s easy to spend the whole day here, but you’ve got plenty more to see later in the day.
An hour’s drive away down the A9, you’ll find the House of Bruar, which is a great way to break up the trip to Perth. The deli has become a popular stop with motorists and as such has recently extended.
Before a long day is over, hop back in the campervan and head down south 39 miles to the outskirts of Perth. You can spend the night at Noah’s Ark Caravan Park before another busy day tomorrow.
From the park, you’ll head to Gloagburn Farm in Tibbermore, which will help support the local farmer as well as giving the whole garm a fun day out. There’s a couple more places to visit today, so after an hour or so you’ll move on to St. Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Co. just over an hour away.
Here you’ll find the only farmhouse in Fife, where you can actually see the cheeses being made. You can sit back and relax in the coffee shop, while tasting some delicious cheeses with a cuppa.
Back in the van and another hour away on the outskirts of Edinburgh in South Queensferry is Craigie’s Farm & Deli Cafe. With a comprehensive range of cheeses and a hot dish of the day, it’s a great place to stop for your dinner. There are a number jams and chutney for sale and pick-your-own fruit.
The good news is that you won’t have to travel far tonight as tomorrow’s first pitstop is less than 10 miles away. You can either find somewhere suitable to park up for the night or pop over to Drummohr Holiday Park.
The first stop today is a fantastic Italian deli in Edinburgh called Valvona & Crolla. It is a spectacular treasure trove of produce that you can spend time rifling through. Next up and just over half an hour away is Whitmuir the Organic Place.
Whitmuir is a working farm, dedicated to growing seasonal and organic produce as well as rearing pigs, cattle and lamb. You can sample some of the produce at the “edible and boozy hedge” and in the food hall or restaurant.
Another 15 miles down the road and 20 minutes in the camper and you’ll arrive at HJ Errington, which is most famous for its Lanark Blue sheep’s milk. Just a few miles away down the M74 is Biggar Park Caravan & Camping Park.
You might want to get an early night as you’ll have a long drive ahead to your final stop on the trail, before returning your camper to Rockinvans.
Your final day on the Scottish Cheese Trail will feature a visit to Loch Arthur Creamery in Dumfries & Galloway. The farm shop is set in the beautiful Scottish countryside, so whilst you’re scoffing down freshly baked bread and cheese, you can take in the breathtaking scenery. Spend some time relaxing in Beeswing, before the 60 mile journey back to Rockinvans in Kilmarnock.