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9:00 AM 20th November 2019

The Ultimate Island Escape

Hollywood A Lister, Kate Winslet, said this Scottish island was ‘Heaven on Earth and the kind of magic one longs for, looks for and seldom finds.”

Now, you can experience the private island of Eilean Shona for yourself next September, providing you have deep pockets……..£1625 for the week.

Situated in a remote loch off the west coast of Scotland, it is the chosen location for Fire + Wild’s first Wilderness Retreat from 12-19 September.

Described by Condé Nast as ‘Britain’s most romantic island hideaway’, Eilean Shona – 1300 acres of untouched, raw wilderness - is the location which inspired Peter Pan’s Neverland after J M Barrie rented the island in the 1920s.

During this unique week of wild adventure, up to 16 guests will experience island life with Fire + Wild’s team of chefs, hunters and foragers, reconnecting to nature with workshops, fire and feasts.

The island is a car-free haven and is blessed with an array of wildlife where deer roam freely, otters drift through surrounding lochs and eagles circle overhead. Dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks can all be seen in the surrounding waters.

Days will be filled with mushroom foraging, hiking, fishing, deer butchery, whisky tasting and wild swimming with lunch on the beach or in the forest. In the evening, multi-course tasting menus will be cooked on an open wood fire, with wine pairing and wild cocktails. Every dish will celebrate the surrounding landscape and capture the flavour of the island with ingredients including red deer, wild mushrooms, coastal herbs and vegetables, freshly caught fish and seafood.

Guests will be met by the ferryman at Dorlin Pier to boat across Loch Moidart to Eilean Shona and will stay in one of a collection of private cottages each set in its own plot of wild paradise on the island, overlooking the loch.

Breakfast with freshly baked bread and pastries will be delivered each morning.

Fire + Wild is a nomadic food and foraging experience hosting outdoor dining events, guided foraging walks and wild camping. Events take place all over the country from Sussex to Scotland, serving hyper-seasonal, restaurant-style dishes cooked over fire.
This all-inclusive wild adventure costs from £1625 per person, including luxury accommodation, all food and drink and workshops. The price excludes the cost of travel to the island. Details: www.fireandwild.co.uk/retreats