Sunday, 12 June 2011

Taste Scotland's Finest Real Ales at the Trossachs Beer Festival

You may think that malt whisky is Scotland's finest produce, but a trip to the Trossachs Beer Festival could persuade you to think again. Scotland's distilleries and selection of single malts are, deservedly, highly regarded around the world, but the country is also home to a number of small breweries producing unique real ales using ingredients such as heather, seaweed and porridge oats.
There are few more luxurious ways for you to sample Scotland's best brews than by staying in a castle during a late summer trip to the Trossachs and attending the beer festival.
The celebration of Scottish beer takes place at the Lade Inn in Kilmahog - a venue which is famous for brewing its own real ales and serving a menu packed with local produce. Located in the shadow of Ben Ledi, the pub is well worth visiting at any time of year, but that is especially true during late August and early September when the festival is on. In 2010, the event runs from August 27th - September 6th.
As well as the Lade Inn's own beers, real ale connoisseurs will be able to taste produce from a variety of Central Scotland's other small breweries, including Tryst, Harviestoun, Williams Brothers and Traditional Scottish Ales.
Drinkers who have booked into local castle accommodation will also be able to meet the brewers behind the unique flavours of Scotland's real ales at special tasting sessions, as well as being entertained by local folk bands. If you develop a love of any of the brews, you will be able to pick up a few bottles to take home from the Lade Inn's real ale shop.
You will probably also want to use your break in Scotland to explore the natural beauty of the Trossachs National Park, which is one of the UK's largest expanses of unspoiled countryside. Staying in one of the castles for rent in Scotland will provide you with an ideal base from which to see the rugged beauty of the park's mountains and lochs.
If you are the adventurous type - and haven't overindulged at the beer festival - you could even hike up Ben Lomond or Ben Ledi to give yourself a magnificent view of the area.
But, if you are looking for a less energetic way to see the region, why not try a leisurely boat ride on one of the lochs - you may even be lucky enough to see seals in their natural habitat.
If you're thinking of staying in a castle for your next holiday then look no further than Scotts Castles for a huge range of castle accommodation. With a wide selection of castles for rent in Scotland you're sure to find accommodation that suits your needs.
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