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Whisky Breaks at Achray House
Short Breaks
New Year

Enjoying fine food whilst looking out over Loch Earn, followed by a single malt by the log fire is the essence of a visit to Achray House for many of our guests.

For gourmands and whisky enthusiasts, we have refined this further with our Whisky, Food & Sonse break: two days of fine food and whisky tasting with the opportunity of a local distillery visit during one of the days.

We start to get you in the mood with a four course evening meal from our menu of the month featuring local meat, game and fish in The Conservatory restaurant overlooking Loch Earn. Then relax in the Neish lounge with our malt whisky explorer: tasters of five malt whiskies from the five main whisky regions of Scotland.

On the second day you can if you wish visit the Glenturret Distillery in nearby Crieff. Glenturret, now owned by The Famous Grouse, is the oldest (legal) distillery in Scotland.

Have a light lunch, because a gourmet's delight awaits you in the evening. Stimulate your taste buds with an Achray Sparkler (our take on a Kir Royale, but made with an Australian sparkling wine and a small amount of natural Scottish raspberry juice). Then sit down to our six course taster menu featuring Scottish game, fish and shellfish.

The menu is seasonal, but a typical taster menu will include our own home smoked salmon, marinated in malt whisky and Perthshire heather honey, and then smoked over peat. Another favourite is local venison, which features all year round on our menus. Game such as hare, pheasant and wood pigeon also feature in season. The taster menu finishes with a selection of desserts followed by some of the excellent cheeses made by the new generation of Scottish cheese makers.

After dinner you can round the evening off with a unique Ghosts of the Past whisky tasting: three whiskies, a Speyside, Islay and Lowland each at least 30 years old, and all now out of production with only limited stocks available anywhere in the world. Once these are gone, they are gone forever.

Oh, and Sonse: it's an old Scots word that is difficult to translate, but roughly means happiness and a sense of well being.

The Whisky, Food & Sonse Break is available throughout the year and costs from £199 to £261 per person (£215 to £277 per person in high season) for two nights, based on two people sharing a room. This price includes breakfast on both days, both evening meals described above, and the two whisky tasters and aperitif. It does not include the cost of the optional distillery tour.

To check availability of The Whisky, Food & Sonse Break and book it please email, or call us on +44 (0)560 368 4252. These breaks cannot currently be booked on-line.