Join Tom Aikens for a Culinary Adventure in the Scottish Highlands

A Gastronomy Experience over four days hosted by Michelin Star Chef Tom Aikens in the Scottish Highlands at Alladale Wilderness Reserve.

In Partnership with The European Nature Trust

Hosted Experience with Tom Aikens at Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Scotland

SUN 2 – WED 5 February 2020 (4 days / 3 nights)

Join iconic London chef Tom Aikens on an exclusive culinary travel experience to Alladale Wilderness Reserve, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
This is an intimate travel experience with Aikens, arguably one of the most exciting chefs currently working in the UK, to sample his Great British menus. With this masterclass you will actively engage with him in the kitchen and learn more about his culinary style. A special shared experience designed to connect people together, focused on the love of food and nature.

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Exclusive experience for a group of 12 guests

A Collective Food Experience in a Magical Wilderness Setting

“Great food connects all, it holds us together & gives us amazing unique experiences on every level.”
— Tom Aikens —

Tom grew up around great food and wine and his reverence for fresh seasonal produce comes through in his menus. In his own words: “Food is my life and my first true love. It has given me more than I could ever imagine.”

This Hosted Cooking Experience brings the very best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients from the Highlands. With an exclusively designed 4-day menu that is a tribute to the best from local Scottish farmers.

The menu is aligned with Alladale’s approach to food, by only working with small local and family run suppliers to source the best of produce, including wild venison and fresh trout from the local rivers and lochs. The menu comprises Tom’s hearty specialities and comfort recipes, designed exclusively for this experience in the Highlands.

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An Exclusive Seasonal Winter Opening at Alladale


Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a 23,000 acre gem in the Scottish Highlands, 1.5 hours north of Inverness. This is the ultimate private getaway, a Victorian manor for all seasons. Guests can bask in all-in comfort and enjoy an array of outdoor pursuits before returning to a welcoming roaring fire.

The staff work on keeping this part of Scotland truly wild, by replanting lush forests and reintroducing original Highland plant and animal species. The rugged terrain in the reserve, with its dramatic glens, colorful hills, glistening rivers, and herds of majestic red deer will take your breath away.

Alladale is pleased to share this wonderful property in the Highlands by opening exclusively for this experience during its wild winter glory when the reserve is usually closed. During your stay you will be hosted in the main house at Alladale, a luxury Victorian lodge with seven bedrooms, dining room, games room and living room.

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Meet Your Host
Chef Tom Aikens


Tom Aikens is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs. Aikens has been the youngest chef in Britain to achieve two Michelin stars as head chef at Pied à Terre aged only 26. Born in London, into a family in the wine business, from childhood Tom had regular trips around France with his family. As they visited wineries while travelling around France, Tom sampled the best local food that the various regions had to offer and stared to appreciate French gastronomy at an early age. Tom grew up in Norfolk, where he studied at the Norwich City College Hotel School with his twin brother Rob, completing an Advanced Catering Diploma in 1989. 

His remarkable career took him to David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire, Joel Robuchon in Paris, Gerard Boyere’s in Riems and Pied-à-Terre to name a few. It was at the latter that Tom became the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars, aged just 26.

Hailed as one of the most creative and talented chefs Britain has ever seen, Tom Aiken is opening his new London restaurant Muse in Belgravia early in 2020. A chef who mastered fine-dining, Aikens ran his immensely successful eponymous restaurant, Tom Aikens (2003-2014), which won a Michelin star and rising 2 star in 2009. In 2006 Aikens followed with “Tom’s Kitchen”, a brasserie-style restaurant in Chelsea. Today Aikens has built a diverse international collection of restaurants operating across Europe, the Middle East & Asia. 

Tom has written three books; Cooking (2006), Fish (2008), and Easy (2011), and has made several appearances on television, reaching the final banquet of 2013’s Great British Menu on BBC2 in aid of Comic Relief, and is a regular guest on Great British Menu as a Judge and Great British Bake Off’s The Extra Slice. Tom is dedicated to serving only the highest quality, ethically sourced ingredients and continually supports The Environmental Justice Foundation to raise awareness of illegal ‘pirate’ fishing and diminishing fish stocks. He also works closely with various charities including: the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Campaign, Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign and School Food Matters, where he teaches young children basic cooking skills.


2-5 February 2020
4 Days / 3 Nights

Luxury Accommodation
(Alladale Main House)
Welcome Reception
4-Day Menu Designed by Aikens
2 x Masterclass with Tom Aikens
Airport Transfer (Inverness)
4×4 Reserve Tour
Hiking With Rangers
Mountain Bikes
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Wim Hof Experience
Whisky Tasting
Scottish Bagpipes
Celtic Band
Your host Tom Aikens will be with the group during the whole experience at Alladale.
A percentage of every booking goes to our Foundation, supporting local communities, education projects & environmental issues with every trip you take.

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Set against rugged hills and the country’s most northerly ancient Caledonian pine forest, the Alladale Lodge is the ultimate private getaway. This beautiful Victorian manor, refurbished by Laura Ashley, is comfortable and spacious. Its traditional design makes it a true Scottish home away from home.

Enjoy your daily experiences at the wilderness reserve then return to a welcoming roaring fire.

Alladale Lodge Overview:

  • Luxury accommodation 10-14 people (Double/Twin/Single)
  • All guest rooms have en-suite shower/bathroom
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Fully catered & serviced with private chef & staff
  • Free satellite WIFI
  • Boardroom with latest AV equipment
  • Fully equipped gym
  • In-house sauna
  • Snooker room
  • Drawing room
  • Dining room
  • TV room
If you would like further information about this experience or to talk to a Travel Designer please contact us here

Experience the winter wilderness at Alladale reserve with exciting adventures during your stay. The stay is inclusive of all the following experiences:

4×4 RANGER GUIDED TOURS Experience Alladale’s vastness & beauty.  Alladale is famous for its ‘rewilding’, which involves reforestation and reintroduction of plant and animal species.

GUIDED HIKES Explore 23,000 acres of Highland beauty with experienced rangers. At Alladale, you can go on a different hike every day, as the reserve has plenty to discover.

MOUNTAIN BIKING Enjoy many miles of stunning Highland scenery on a Mantra Pro mountain bike.

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING A fun outdoor activity where you will be taken to the special shooting area, guided by the rangers through the process of shooting your clays.

WHISKY TASTING You cannot leave Scotland without tasting some of its best whisky. Sit back and enjoy a great whisky experience in front of the roaring fires and learn about this fascinating drink in its homeland.

MASSAGES A holiday at Alladale is the perfect time to relax and treat yourself to something extra. Enjoy a lovely massage, relax at the in-house sauna or experience the fully equipped gym at your disposal.

WIM HOF An introduction to the Wim Hof Method, a combination of meditation, breathing exercises, and exposure to cold that can help you regulate your stress levels.

SCOTTISH ENTERTAINMENT Enjoy a variety of local entertainment during your stay with Scottish bagpipes, Celtic band, Pianist, in addition to the games and snooker room.

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Spending time in nature is integral to wellbeing, mental health and physical wellness.

The European Nature Trust’s mission is to connect people to nature.  The trust is dedicated to the protection of Europe’s remaining wild places, and restoring those already lost.

This experience is an opportunity to explore the wonderful conservation work done in Alladale in collaboration with the European Nature Trust, restoring the Highland ecosystem to its former glory and reintroducing original plants and wildlife species. 

The conservation and rewilding initiatives at Alladale are a long term partnership with the European Nature Trust, where 7% of the estate revenue is transferred to the trust, contributing directly to a variety of conservation and restoration efforts throughout Europe.