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Picnic season has started, so this weeks blog covers not only the essential food for a good old fashioned picnic, but also a few suggestions of where you could go.
To start – the essentials!
• Cool box
• Picnic crockery – plastic plates, cups, spoons, forks, knife
• Bag for rubbish
• Hand sanitiser and wet wipes
• Kitchen towel or napkins
• Midge repellent and cream for stings (the odd wasp may be attracted by the yummy smells!)
• Tweezers for tick removal and sun cream (we’re always optimistic…)
• A fully charged mobile phone
And now the food! These are of course just suggestions and you probably have lots of other scrumptious ideas. Your local deli/bakery will have an amazing array of goodies if you don’t fancy preparing anything.
• Scotch eggs (check out our recipe)
• Chopped veg and dips such as carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, broccoli, baby sweetcorn – all make excellent implements for dipping in humus, cheese and chive dip etc.
• Wraps and fresh bakery pork pies or sausage rolls
• Scottish strawberries, bananas, blueberries and grapes
• Peeled, boiled eggs
• Selection of cold meats
• Water or juice in bottles so they can be re-sealed. Open cans of fizzy juice in particular can attract wasps
• The essential treats for after – Tunnocks teacakes!
Where to go?
Local play park – if you have young children, you may want to find a local play park which has picnic tables. The kids are entertained, leaving you free to enjoy your snacks!
A Lochside is a great choice for enjoying not only the scenery but also the wildlife. It is also possible to fish, swim or boat on some!
A Beach has the obvious attraction of sand but also exploring rockpools and paddling.
A Forest is a great choice for the active family. The Forestry Commission are great at creating walks that are suitable for buggys and often there are picnic tables and toilets. Walking further in, you can get away from the bustle and find your own little spot.
An area of outstanding beauty such as Ardnamurchan – there are so many spots to simply stop and admire the view, we really can’t pinpoint just one! Pack the car and see where you end up!
An attraction such as wildlife parks and castles often have picnic areas. A great way to combine a day out with a picnic!
Or keep it random! Take off and see where you end up. That’s the beauty of a portable meal! Sit on a jetty and dangle your feet in the water, sit at the top of a mountain or even stay in your own garden!
Wherever you end up, we’re sure it will be memorable.Tags: days out with the kids, eilean donan castle, family day out, family fun, forestry commission, how to remove a tick, loch achilty, loch fleet, picnic season, picnic snacks, picnic week, sanna ardnamurchan