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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Eat Like a Locavore in Scotland

Find an open fire and a homegrown gastropub culture in the winter-friendly area surrounding the Trossachs National Park.

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1. Where to Stay


Participate in activities like deer stalking at the Ardeonaig Hotel.  

Request room No. 11 at Monachyle Mhor—an eighteenth-century farmhouse overlooking Loch Voil—for the old-fashioned cast-iron stove and twin rolltop claw-foot tubs. Other rooms run the gamut from contemporary cool to hunting-lodge chic, complete with antlers and salvaged chandeliers.

Play to the manor born at Ardeonaig Hotel (from $120 per person), a rolling highlands estate on 8,000 acres of land. Dinner and breakfast are included, and there are plenty of activities, like deer stalking and grouse hunting.

Cook your own steak at the Mid Torrie Farm Holiday Cottage (from $330 for three nights), a self-contained stone-and-shingle cottage (sleeps six) situated on a family-owned Highland Beef cattle farm.


Published on Feb 11, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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