A Culinary Journey Through Scotland

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since 1848.
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since 1848.

Want to tour Scotland like royalty? Carolyn Robb, personal chef to Prince Charles and Britain’s Royal Family for more than a decade, has launched her first culinary tour series, called (appropriately) “A Taste of Scotland.”

The four-night trip includes a private dinner onboard the famous Royal Yacht Britannia, a Royal Lochnagar Whisky tasting, touring the Highlands, tastings of local cheeses and smoked salmon and—for those who really want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty—a foraging experience.

The tour will explore Edinburgh by foot and visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland’s official residence of The Queen, and a private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia (with a four-course dinner based on a menu that Robb would have prepared for the royals in the past...so, yes, you can quite literally eat like a king).

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Love the Duchess of Cambridge’s style? The tour includes a trip to St Andrews, where Prince William and the former Kate Middleton met while studying at Scotland’s oldest university. Those who appreciate Scotch whisky can visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, a favorite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The next three nights will be spent in Ballater, a Victorian village.

Accompanied by a local foraging specialist, guests can ‘pick’ whatever wild produce is in season, and meet with local hand-crafted food producers for a tasting of local honey, cheeses, oatcakes and “Aberdeen Rowies.” Naturally, there will be some time to see Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the Royal Family since 1848, where guests can explore the gardens and the ballroom.

Good to know: Robb has teamed with premium travel operator Back-Roads Touring. Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Back-Roads Touring Vice President (USA) Chris Coillet ([email protected]; 845-200-5845) with special requests.

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