Oysters and foraging offer a taste of Scotland’s natural bounty at Monachyle

Monachyle Mhor Hotel in Balquhidder is set to celebrate the return of Summer by offering a selection of Scotland’s best seafood, alongside a foraging woodland walk, on Monday, 2 May

Visitors of all ages are invited to get along for the outdoor extravaganza in Lochearnhead, where hotel owner and chef Tom Lewis will serve up a smorgasbord of oysters from the west coast of Scotland.

He plans to showcase different flavours from different bays, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

Guests will also be taken on a journey from the hotel through the woodlands and past waterfalls, stopping to forage and sample the occasional nibble along the way.

A late lunch will be held beside the open fire at the Big Barn at Monachyle.

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After two years of hospitality hardship, Tom and his wife, Lisa, are looking for new ways to support producers both hyper locally and from around the UK.

They are hoping this world-class produce, combined with a bit of creative thinking, will bring joy to visitors post-pandemic.

“It has been a really tough two years for everyone, not least for the hospitality industry, which was already dealing with the fallout from Brexit,” says Tom.

“However, now is the time to get up, dust ourselves off and see what we can do together, as a collective of food and drink producers, and indeed hospitality and tourism providers, to bounce back and bring some joy to visitors, be they staycationers or from overseas.

“We like to do things a little differently at Mhor, and we also appreciate that things are still not ‘back to normal’, so we hope that by using the great outdoors as our stage we can once again put what we do – fantastic produce, great food and warm hospitality – front and centre, in a way that feels safe, but still exciting.”

Known for inviting lochs and lush greenery, Monachyle Mhor sits at the gateway in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, which is home to some of Scotland’s rarest and most celebrated wildlife, alongside a natural bounty that is the envy of the world.

Visitors and guests should keep their eyes peeled for red squirrels, pine martins, differing types of deer and, if they are lucky, the glen’s resident golden eagle!

To find out more, or to book, visit the website.

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