I recently visited Speyside, a small town in the beautiful Scottish countryside, with the Walkers shortbread team. You may have seen a few snaps on my Instagram stories but I wanted to share some more photos in detail with you here. These are often my favourite type of posts to share with you guys, I love to try and capture the feel of a place.
Scotland is beautiful no matter what the weather. It wouldn’t be Scotland if it didn’t rain a little, right? Despite the damp and drizzly weather, there were scenic views everywhere we looked. Our hotel was in the village of Craigellachie, look at the dreamy decor.I won’t go into it too much again as I don’t want to repeat content you’ve already seen over on my Instagram, but we felt super lucky to be able to have a factory tour. It was fascinating seeing how the shortbread was made (with just four ingredients!) As you can imagine it smelt incredible, I wanted to bottle it up. Watching the lines of different shortbread was weirdly relaxing and mesmerising.I have to share with you some of the food we had (aside from 90% shortbread of course.) For breakfast, I had maple syrup pancakes with bacon and a hot chocolate. For dessert one evening most of us chose this lemon and lime cheesecake with pistachio glass, you can’t tell here but it was huge.I had no idea Walkers made so many different shortbread options, we got to sample most of them. One of my new found favourites is Ginger royals, dipped in dark chocolate, we saw these being created on the factory tour whilst in the ‘chocolate room’ they smelt delicious.
On the subject of desserts, let’s discuss Ecclefechan tarts. This beauty is encased in an all-butter pastry, baked in the heart of Speyside free from artificial colourings, artificial flavourings and artificial preservatives. They are incredible, best served warm with a dollop of fresh cream or vanilla ice cream (Jim Walker’s favourite!) and fresh fruit. They are dreamy, you must try them! I’m pretty sure we were all made up of 70% shortbread by the time the trip was over, in the best kind of way. The whole Walkers team were so friendly and welcoming, it was so much fun to learn about the brands family history. I had no idea it was still a solely family-owned brand, the fact that they only use four ingredients amazes me. A quick hot-chocolate stop and shortbread, obviously like we need ay excuse. All in all, a fantastic visit, a lovely brand, super friendly people, lots of laughing and learning… short but very sweet.