Coming home to Scotland can be a cathartic experience. With miles of green space surrounding the major cities, it isn't a long drive outside my home town of Glasgow before reaching some desolate countryside location. Although the Scots aren't known for their great diet, we actually have some of the best local produce in their world. I was lucky enough to get a double whammy of fresh air and fresh food in my last trip home when staying with my good friend Brenda, owner of Tasting Scotland, a travel company specialising in gourmet food tours.
We drove up to Loch Fyne, about an hour outside Glasgow, to experience the fresh, sustainable seafood which is sourced from the local area. Famed for it's oysters, we couldn't resist a platter and really pushed the boat out (excuse the pun) with lobster for main. I'm a simple kind of guy but my love of seafood has meant I'm always attracted to lobster & oysters. I may be bias but that meal at Loch Fyne was undoubtedly the best I've eaten across the world. After overeating (ice cream was obligatory) Brenda took us to the shores of the loch to discover a mass of oysters beds. Sitting with old friends by a loch is truly second to none.