The current Visit Scotland marketing campaign highlights just how much we can see and do in our own back yard. There is no denying, we are lucky that there is so much on offer. Some might say a lot relies on the weather, but, as the saying goes – “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.
One activity featured in the ‘Only in Scotland’ video is fruit picking. Perthshire and Angus are famous for the quality and variety of their berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants are plentiful and are shipped across the world to once again highlight the quality of Scotland’s produce.
But, it’s not only about exporting. They can be enjoyed at home too. Broadslap farm, a ten-minute drive from the wonderful, Gleneagles, is a great example of experiencing Scotland’s produce firsthand. Here, you are actively encouraged to ‘pick your own’. Slots can be booked online and then you are allowed to spend as much time as you want wandering the polytunnels, ambling through the berry bushes, or enjoying a coffee and some cake.
In the picturesque valley (Strath) of the Earn river, Strathearn offers the perfect climate for berries. The ideal soil, light and sunny landscape, the right amount of rainfall (!) and high levels of care and attention, make for a sensational product. The farm has become more commercial in recent years, but that only highlights the quality of the product and the high levels of customer service we can boast about. Not a normal tourism year, by any means, but the attention to detail, extra care and attention and service with a smile were in full evidence.
From ‘farm-to-spoon’ in twenty minutes, we are keen to support local businesses, biodiversity, sustainability, healthy eating, the Scottish tourism and hospitality industry and we always love a good meringue. Fun for children and adults, fruit picking is the perfect way to enjoy the best of Scotland.