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.