Flavours of Scotland

Take one Charlie Ottley, add a splash of Scotland and a generous helping of whisky and you've got a potent, flavour-filled brew. Flavours of…heads for the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and pretty much everywhere else in between, on this leg of their quest for the best. Grouse, porridge, wild boar, venison and oysters all make it onto the menu as Charlie learns that, in Scotland, you often have to hunt for the main course yourself. Putting aside his knife and fork temporarily, Charlie manages to squeeze in a visit to the legendary Highland Games and drops in on the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Charlie also rubs shoulders with Clan Chief Hugh Macleod at his Dunvegan Castle before taking a cruise on the Hebridean Princess, just before The Royal Family charter it. You're always in good company with Flavours of Scotland.


No. of Episodes: 6


1  The Islands

Starting his journey of the Hebridean archipelago on the Isle of Skye, intrepid gastronomer, Charlie Ottley learns about farming oysters, picks mussels to make moules marinière on the slopes of the majestic Cuillins and catches up with Clan Chief Hugh Macleod in his ancestral home, Dunvegan Castle. Charlie also visits Lewis and Harris, climbs aboard the Hebridean Princess for a cruise of the inner Isles and disembarks on Jura for a hike to the mighty whirlpools of the Corryvreckan.
Duration: 30'


2  The Highlands

Charlie Ottley explores the breath-taking Scottish Highlands, from the Michelin-rated Summer Isles Hotel in Achiltibuie to a remote glen where wild boars roam free. En route he gets caught up in the Rock Ness Music Festival and joins a whisky fuelled march to the highly hospitable Highland Games.
Duration: 30'


3  The Borders/Lowlands

Join Charlie Ottley for a gastronomic rummage through the Scottish Lowlands. Highlights include a visit to the spectacular Floors Castle and the Roxburghe estate, where Charlie learns the etiquette of the grouse moor, a trip to one of the oldest golfing hotels in Scotland and an insight into the art of making gin.
Duration: 30'


4  The West Coast

Charlie Ottley takes a tour of Scotland's wild West Coast starting with the journey of a lifetime aboard the famous Royal Scotsman. Next he explores the majestic Inveraray Castle, seat of the Dukes of Argyll and discovers a new recipe for venison - there's just one problem; Charlie has to hunt down the main ingredient first. For dessert, our intrepid gastronomer heads up to Shieldaig and Loch Torridon, one of the least known and most beautiful stretches of the Hebridean shoreline.
Duration: 30'


5  The East Coast

Starting with a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe, Charlie Ottley takes a tour of Scotland's East Coast. Along the way he learns how to make beer at the celebrated Black Isle Brewery, joins in the fun at the Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival and discovers how you make an Arbroath Smokey.
Duration: 30'


6  Speyside and Central Highlands

Charlie Ottley visits the family owned Balvenie distillery deep in Speyside in preparation for his attendance at the über-exclusive "Keepers of the Quaich" dinner at Blair Atholl Castle. He also joins in the world porridge-making championship at Carrbridge and learns some unusual recipes for man's best friend from the Lady Laird of Ballindalloch.
Duration: 30'


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