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Scottish foodie experiences to give as Christmas gifts

Looking for some last-minute Christmas gift inspiration?

Published: December 22, 2015
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Epicurean experts the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School  have one-day cookery courses teaching everything from cooking with game to baking artisan bread, curries to French cuisine, gluten-free to Japanese, vegetarian to Vietnamese, desserts, shellfish, knife skills, patisserie, even healthy eating for those with New Year's resolutions in mind – all of which can be bought as gifts, or you can buy gift vouchers towards the cost. They can even email the vouchers, making them perfect for last-minute presents.

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Far more slick and stylish than any cookery school situated inside a brewery has any right to be, the spanking new Tennent's Training Academy in Glasgow does so much more then beer – how about a day of cooking, curry and comedy? Your loved one will be talked through assembling their own curry before sitting down to enjoy it with a pint, then being whisked off to a comedy club to finish off the night. For those more into patatas bravas than poppadoms, the Spanish tapas, sangria and salsa experience is a safe bet – cook up a bite-sized storm with sangria in hand, then head off to Arta in the Merchant City to learn some Latin moves. Both available from Gift Experience Scotland.

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For food obsessives, the star they really want to see on top of the tree is Michelin-shaped. Restaurant Martin Wishart  has vouchers starting from £50 and options including lunch for two or a tasting menu experience, while Paul Kitching's 21212  vouchers are available for any amount and they'll personalise them for you too. At Tom Kitchin's The Kitchin , gift vouchers start from £29.50 per person for a three-course lunch and from £75 per person for a tasting menu experience, or from £50 towards the cost.

For pint-sized foodies, a sushi making class is great fun – this one for beginners in Glasgow from Buy a Gift  has a minimum participation age of just six and lasts only one hour, making it perfect for miniature attention spans, for £49 per person.

Or for something decidedly grown-up, how about a seven-course banquet in an opulent 15th-century Highland castle? Ackergill Tower sits on the sea cliffs near Wick and uses only locally sourced Scottish produce, some of it grown on the Tower's own 3,000-acre estate – £90 per person from Virgin Experience Days . If you fancy springing for a post-prandial room too, you'll be greeted by a four-poster bed and a roaring fire, or, if you opt for the tower's treehouse, a 7ft-wide circular bed under a cut-out ceiling made for stargazing.

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