Southward Equinox Experience

As the birds begin their migrations southwards and the leaves on the trees begin to shine golden, experience the changing seasons on the Morvern Peninsula on this two-night slow adventure.  As the sun crosses the celestial equator, the southward equinox marks the beginning of the autumn and the most beautiful display of colours in the landscape.

It’s a time to reflect on the fruits of summer, to gather and prepare for times ahead. Emulate the birds as we shift our focus in response to what nature brings.

To celebrate and share this special moment, three local businesses that embody slow adventure and slow food have joined together to offer a unique experience which embodies the sights, tastes and sounds of the remote Morvern Peninsula.

Gathering food from Ardtornish Estate’s gardens; catching trout for dinner with the assistance of the estate’s ghillie; feasting on gourmet meals specially prepared by the award-winning Slow Food Whitehouse Restaurant; sleeping in a remote stone bothy which overlooks the serene Loch Tearnait and being guided on a walk over the Table of Lorn and Glais Beinn by Otter Adventures.

DAY 1 – Meet at Ardtornish Estate and spend a relaxing evening in the bunkhouse enjoying local produce from some of the finest suppliers.

DAY 2 – Enjoy a tour of Ardtornish Estate’s produce garden and pick ingredients for dinner before heading up on a walk to Leacraithnaich Bothy – home for the second day and night. Enjoy a Slow Food lunch prepared by the Whitehouse restaurant and end the meal with a brew in front of the fire. Head out after lunch to meet the estate’s ghillie who will give a lesson on how to fish for trout on the neighbouring freshwater loch. Learning skills which are so valuable to the sustainability of these remote communities. An opportunity to reflect on people’s relationship with the natural world – the position and the connection.

Eating and drinking as the sun sets on summer and spending time sharing stories of great adventures on the banks of Loch Tearnait. As dusk encroaches, will the Aurora Borealis come out to play and fill the skies with a vivid performance?

DAY 3 – Rise early to experience the southward equinox which passes at 02:54… and later on that morning…

Start another gourmet day on this wild peninsula with a locally sourced breakfast, suitably fueled for a day of walking and hiking. Walking routes are chosen on the day based on the group’s experience and weather conditions.

Stop off for lunch, prepared by the Whitehouse Restaurant, on the Table of Lorn which has stunning views over the Sound of Mull and back towards the mainland around Oban, before descending from Glaiss Bheinn and completing the journey.

This wild gourmet, locally-sourced bothy slow adventure captures the essence of autumn on the West Coast – a special moment to experience this beautiful natural phenomenon.

Dates and Prices:

September 21, 2018 – September 23, 2018 (£300 per person)

  • This tour is only suitable for people aged 18 years and above who appreciate taking their time in the mountains and for whom the experience, the food, the scenery and the company are more important than reaching the summits.
  • Minimum number two (2) people and maximum eight (8) people.
  • You do not need to be exceptionally fit to join this journey – most people who regularly walk in hills will probably be fit enough already.
  • Please enquire for more details.

To enquire or book your Southward Equinox Experience, please get in touch here.

Be Independent on Eigg

For a small island, the Isle of Eigg has a lot to offer, so it's worth spending a few days here to explore hidden gems, talk to locals and slow down to the pace of island living.

Be independent

The Isle of Eigg is a beautiful Hebridean island which lies ten miles of the Isle of Skye. The island has a fascinating history, superb wildlife and a vibrant independent community and is owned by the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust which has managed it on behalf of the community for twenty years. The island is powered by Eig Electric, the world’s first fully renewably-powered electricty grid, and the local shop, tearoom and craft shop are independent businesses based in community buildings owned by the trust. This small island of just under a hundred people working and living together to create a sustainable future for the whole community. A remarkable feat led by creative, independent thinkers and doers. Welcome to the Isle of Eigg!

Live and learn

Join Craig of Eigg Explorers which offers guided walks around the island, sharing some of the lesser known places and the fascinating stories about them. Jump aboard Selkie for a day’s sailing, wild yoga and wellbeing around the island and beyond. Hire a bike or a kayak from Eigg Adventures to journey around the island, both on land and sea. Try your hand at making a basket at All About Willow’s weaving workshops or simply visit the gallery and shop. Head along to Eigg Organics to attend a gardening course with an experienced horticulturist. Book onto a residential environmental or yoga course at Earth Connections to learn more about green living. Stop off at Laig Bay Brewery’s micro-brewery shed to see where the amber magic is made, then head along to the shop or cafe to taste a bottle or two.

Talk to folk

For a small island, Eigg has a lot to offer, so it’s worth spending a few days here to explore hidden gems, talk to locals and slow down to the pace of island living. There are plenty of interesting accommodation options to suit all budgets and group sizes. Sweeney’s bothy – a cosy off-grid eco bothy, tucked under the magnificent cliffs of Cleadale. The Glebe Barn – a unique hostel and self-catering accommodation for groups or individuals in a homely house overlooking the bay. Lagerona – a beautiful guest house with self-catering cottage for seven next door, all situated on a working croft with cracking views across to the Isle of Rum. Island Camping Pods – situated in the heart of the village, offering accommodation for up to four adults. Eigg Organics Yurt – stay close to nature in a yurt on an organic croft. Dine at the 4-star Lageorna Restaurant which is committed to using local produce wherever possible, including vegetables, fruit, game, lamb and fish from neighbouring islands. buy organic veg and eggs from Eigg Organics and stick up on local produce at the Isle of Eigg shop. Head along to Calmisdale Bay Cafe and Restaurant at the pier with its varied lunch and dinner menu of local ingredients. Pop in to the Rest and Be Thankful in Cleadale, serving coffee and cakes to those who need a wee rest after exploring the nearby beaches.

To book or enquire about a slow adventure on the Isle of Eigg please get in touch here.  You can also gain inspiration by reading more about Slow Life on Eigg and All About Willow in the blogs produced by Let's Go Slow.

An Island Escape

Spend a long weekend exploring the Isle of Canna, staying in wooden pods with panoramic sea views, discovering by sea kayak and on foot. This special small island is home to neolithic and mesolithic settlements, monastic sites, celtic crosses, Viking graves, Bronze and Iron Age monuments and an abundance of beautiful wildlife including a large colony of puffins.

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Great Glen Canoe and Wild Camp

Journey through Scotland's epic Great Glen - a vast geological fault line which cuts thorugh Scotland from East to West, and among its many rivers and lochs, is home to the Great Glen Way, the Caledonian Canal and the legendary Loch Ness.Read more

Ride Wild on Knoydart

Begin your adventure with a guided wildlife safari through Morar looking out for Scotland's most iconic species. From here you will travel by boat to Scotland's last true wilderness, Knoydart peninsula.Read more

Foodie Pedal & Paddle

Pedal, paddle and taste your way around the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on this three-day foodie adventure. Dine at local award-winning restaurants, cycle around this breath-taking peninsula, meet local growers and gardeners, journey in canoes to secluded beaches on vast lochs - this is the place for slow living

Your journey begins at Ardtornish estate, located in the southerly corner of the beautiful Morvern peninsula. Spend the night in a grand Victorian apartment or traditional cosy cottage and dine at the award-winning Whitehouse Restaurant to sample the very best of local and seasonal produce. After a restful night, breakfast on a well-stocked hamper of local produce to fuel a day of pedaling.

Leaving from Ardtornish Estate, the first day’s adventure will be pedal powered. Aspect 40 Scott bikes will be ready and waiting courtesy of Sunart Cycles. Self- guided and armed with a map, cycle through some of the most breath-taking scenery, stopping to explore heather-clad hills or taking a bracing dip in the waters of remote lochs or rivers. A crafted feast of artisan bread, local cheese, smoked salmon, fresh hand-picked berries or similar will be companions for the day.

After a day of exploring by bike, cosy up in Sunart Campsite’s bespoke cedar cabins which are fully insulated with underfloor heating. Head along the road to dine at the award winning Kilcamb lodge where they take time to track down the best local produce.

The second day’s adventure starts with a paddle across the silken waters of one of the many tidal or freshwater lochs on the peninsula. Search beaches and rocky outcrops, and spot otters and seals under the experienced leadership of Otter Adventures’ qualified guide.

Stop off for lunch on a remote beach or secluded island. Taste the homemade breads and local produce prepared locally by the Ariundle Centre, Rest, share stories and unwind while the coffee is brewed on a wood burning stove. The pace of everyday life is much slower and more relaxed when out in the wild. Embrace it!

End your active day on the water at the delightful Ardshealach Lodge to taste real home-grown dishes and spend the night in of its luxury bedrooms. Depending upon availability, you may be staying in the friendly Strontian Hotel for a wee dram with the locals and a good night’s sleep upstairs.

Dates and Prices:

July 4, 2018 – July 7, 2018 (£690 per person)

October 2, 2018 – October 5, 2018 (£690 per person)

October 5, 2018 – October 8, 2018 (£690 per person)

Accommodation may vary depending on availability. Canoe itineraries are dependent on weather conditions.

To enquire or book your Foodie Pedal & Paddle, please get in touch here.

Survive the Last Wilderness

Merging the experience of a fisherman and the knowledge of a bushcraft instructor to survive the inaccessible wilderness of Knoydart.Read more

Sailing, wild yoga and wellbeing

Selkie Explorers is teaming up with two practitioners of Indian and Chinese yoga to create unique sailing and yoga slow adventures. Sail to secluded anchorages, explore the coast,  immerse yourself in the landscape, create deep connections with nature, and breathe.  Allow yourself the time to reflect, to meditate, to eat, to cook, to think and simply be on a remote Scottish beach.

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