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Gourmet Foraging Weekend

Gourmet foraging weekend

31st July - 3rd August 2020 Tutor: Mark Williams

A residential gourmet weekend foraging on farm, seashore, and garden. For those with a passion for excellent seasonal and locally grown food.

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For those with a passion for excellent wild, seasonal and locally grown food, Scotland arguably has one of the best selections on offer. Auchencairn House is situated right on the edge of the Solway Firth, and while the sea and shore has a wealth of culinary treats for those who know, the fields around the farm and hedgerows are also a veritable larder.

Mark Williams will be your guide for a day of foraging and gourmet wild food. Marks career history spans numerous jobs as a fisherman, smoker, chef, full-time wild food forager, and dairyman. He is now a full time foraging teacher, working with a diverse range of groups, from the world’s best chefs to school groups. His business, Galloway Wild Foods ( focusses on educating people on the foods which can be found all around them in rural Scotland.

Other Galloway Wild Food foraging events which run over the course of the year can be seen at

The foraging session will explore a wide range of edible woodland, hedgerow and coastal plants, plus some seaweeds and summer fungi. Mark will provide expert guidance  on finding rewarding species, identification (including poisonous lookalikes!), mindful harvesting, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, foraged drinks and wild cocktails, nutrition, processing, recipes, and cookery.

As well as a day spent with Mark, there will also be time to look around the walled gardens next to Auchencairn House, where Sue Gilroy grows a fantastic range of vegetables and fruit all year round.

Tides and weather depending, there will be an opportunity to walk out to Heston island on Sunday. The Gilroys graze sheep there for three months during the late summer/autumn and they will be hoping to take them out at this time. A trip to Heston is a real adventure, and a wonderful chance to take part in a unique farming tradition.



Arrive any time after 5pm. Pre dinner in the library followed by three course dinner.


Breakfast followed by Marks arrival and a welcome wild flower champagne

Foraging tour commences and will last for between 3 – 4 hours covering a distance of approx. 1.5 miles. – Mark will provide foraged treats and tasters throughout

Lunch will be an al fresco wild cook-in where guests will be able to enjoy some of the food which has been foraged, as well as sampling some of Mark’s pre-prepared tasters.

The evening will commence with a wine tasting in the library, followed by a three course dinner.

On Sunday morning, Sue Gilroy will give guests a tour of her walled garden, which will be followed by lunch and the opportunity to walk to Heston Island, or to explore the local area as you wish. A three course dinner will be served on Sunday night.


The Details


31st July - 3rd August 2020


£500 per person

Event address

Auchencairn House Auchencairn Castle Douglas DG7 1QZ

What's included in the price?

B&B for three nights Three course dinner on three nights Lunches on Saturday and Sunday Unlimited teas and coffees Guided foraging and demonstration by Mark Galloway A guided trip to Heston Island.

What you should bring

Coats, wellies, waterproofs, swimming costumes and towels, sun cream and cameras.

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