a view over glasgow cathedral and museum quarter from the necropolis
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UK Staycation: Food and Drink Experiences in Scotland

As everyone begins to go out to eat and drink again we’ve selected some experiences to make it more adventurous.

As they continue to celebrate ‘The Great British Staycation’ of 2020, Buyagift.com are giving up to 60% off experiences purchased through them and some include eating and drinking out. We at The Rucksack News have chosen our favourite places to discover food and drinks which add a little adventure to the experience.

Visit to Edinburgh Castle and a Three Course Scottish Dinner: Edinburgh, Midlothian

Fast track into Edinburgh Castle, the capital’s most famous attraction. The few hours or as long as is needed there can be spent discovering the armoury, halls, cannons, crown jewels and more whilst taking in stunning views across the city. The castle is open from 9:30am every day until 5:00pm or 6:00pm depending on the time of year, with last entry to the site being one hour before.

one of the halls in edinburgh castle, scotland

Between 5:00pm and 10:00pm the experience also includes a three-course traditional Scottish meal at the quaint and cosy Merchant’s Restaurant, located in the heart of the old town. The menu choices include haggis, salmon, Angus beef and vegetarian options.

Whisky Distillery Tour with Lunch: St. Andrews, Fife

Two people can take in the sights, sounds and smells of the tour at Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky Distillery. Led by an informative guide, guests will learn about the mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation of whisky. Guests will also be taken to the tasting room for a sample of the distillery’s New Make Spirit and to enjoy a pre-lunch dram.

distillery still door

The on-site lunch consists of sandwich, cake, tea and coffee options.

The ticket is also a discount voucher, redeemable on a bottle of whisky or gin from the distillery gift shop.

Segway Adventure with Three Course Meal: Gorebridge, Midlothian

Combining adventure skills with culinary delights, this experience includes 60-minutes of Segway fun and a three-course meal with a drink at Zizzi Italian restaurant.

After an introduction and training session on the Segway, participants can enjoy the off-road rally course, designed to be thrilling and exhilarating. Also, hopefully receiving a certificate at the end.

A three-course meal can then be enjoyed at Zizzi. Choose from their set menu which includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Meals are accompanied with a glass of wine or soft drink.

This experience can also be enjoyed at other locations across England and Wales plus there is one venue in Northern Ireland.

Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: Edinburgh, Midlothian

Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea on board a vintage double-decker bus as you take in the sights of Edinburgh.

The tour includes some of the capital’s most iconic sights, including The Scottish Parliament Building, Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle.

vintage double decker bus to enjoy an afternoon tea and gin tour of edinburgh

For afternoon tea, savour the selection of finger sandwiches, mini quiches, Scottish smoked salmon blinis, petit fours, cakes, meringues, scones with jam and cream plus as much tea and coffee as you would like.

There is also a gin tour available, to add a glass of prosecco and a Gin Bothy pot-tail to the experience.

Cream Tea on a Castle and Three Bridges Cruise: South Queensferry, West Lothian

Enjoy the scenic views of South Queensferry from the The Belle during a 90 minute cruise down the Firth and Forth. There will be on board commentary throughout as you sail by the three famous bridges, Blackness Castle and have the chance to take in some of the local birds, seals and other wildlife.

A cream tea of scones, jam and clotted cream with a pot of tea or coffee will be served on board.

Vouchers for this experience can bepurchased for two or four people.

Dinner Bus Tour: Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Board a vintage double-decker bus for an evening taking in the sights of Glasgow whilst enjoying your dinner choice.

The tour will pass by some of Glasgow’s most iconic sights during the approximately two-hour tour.

a view over glasgow cathedral and museum quarter from the necropolis

The dinner options include pizza with prosecco, antipasti with wine or sliders and cocktails. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are all available.

A daytime whisky bus tour is also available to visit two of Glasgow’s single malt whisky distilleries and taste a selection of locally produced whiskies.

Gin Distillery Tour with Lunch: St. Andrews, Fife

Take in the smells, sights and sounds of Darnley’s Gin Distillery to learn how this popular spirit is created. Guests will also learn about its history and botanicals alongside some sensory awareness and tasting.


The on-site lunch consists of sandwich, cake, tea and coffee options.

The ticket is also a discount voucher, redeemable on a bottle of gin from the distillery gift shop.

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