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Taste of Scotland

The new luxury ‘Taste of Scotland’ food trails have been designed to help tell the story of the journey from the sea, coastline, farm or countryside to plate as part of VisitScotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

New luxury food trails hit the road

Scotland’s Foodie Highlights

Guided by their own private chauffeur, overnight guests of Prestonfield and The Witchery by the Castle will offered the chance to enjoy a truly authentic taste of the coast and countryside within a two-hour drive time of Edinburgh city centre, including visits to Belhaven Lobster at Dunbar harbour, foraging with Buck & Birch in the East Lothian countryside, a quad bike or tractor tour at Old Leckie Farm near Stirling, as well as a tour of Glenturret Distillery in Perthshire.

Guests will also get the chance to complete the story of the journey from sea or farm to plate by enjoying a mouthwatering evening meal as part of their overnight stay at Prestonfield or The Witchery. Fine dining menus at both venues feature some of the local produce that guests will have discovered on their luxury food tour.

Example Duration:

2 Nights

Best Time to Visit:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Recommended for:

Couples, Solo-Travellers, Families


  • Local Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Buck & Birch Foraging
  • Old Leckie Farm Visit
  • Glenturret Distillery Tour
  • Belhaven Lobsters Meet
  • Prestonfield or Witchery Hotel


“It’s an absolute pleasure to be collaborating with James Thomson and his iconic Edinburgh venues, as well as some of Scotland’s finest producers, as we launch this new food and drink experience in 2022. Our family has long been transporting guests around Scotland, showcasing the very best local food, drink and warm hospitality the country has to offer. Now, it’s a formal partnership which both visitors can enjoy as we edge towards the spring and summer months.”

“The benefit of choosing an independent tour provider like Sleigh’s, or a venue like Prestonfield and The Witchery, is that you get a personal, bespoke experience every time, and unparalleled local knowledge and insight.”

Christopher Sleigh, Creative Director at Sleigh’s

Buck & Birch

A foraging experience with Buck & Birch will uncover how the local East Lothian landscape is used to infuse wild alchemy into their drinks and menus. This experience will include a private distillery tasting, as well as a food and drink pairing workshop.

Old Leckie

Guests will get the chance to meet the family who have worked the land at Old Leckie Farm in Stirlingshire for over 100 years. Visits will include meeting farm animals and learning about the ethos of sustainable agriculture, as well as sampling local delicacies.


A tour of Scotland’s oldest working distillery, Glenturret, will allow guests to find out more process and history behind Scottish Whisky in the heart of Perthshire. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea at the distillery’s new Lalique Restaurant.


Enjoy the opportunity to see the Belhaven Lobster’s ‘Tangaroa’ coming into Dunbar harbour with her catch of lobster, crab and other shellfish, as well as the chance to meet the Skipper and crew to learn more about their approach to sustainable fishing.

“Quality local and seasonal produce has been at the heart of our fine dining experiences at Prestonfield and The Witchery by the Castle for over 40 years, so we’ve been proudly supporting and celebrating the best of Scotland’s larder long before it became more fashionable.”

James Thomson, Owner of Prestonfield & The Witchery

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