Forest Holidays

The launch of the exclusive Picnic Butler

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Forest Holidays and VisitScotland have today launched an exclusive new experience for holiday makers to Scotland - The Picnic Butler, which has been created to celebrate the country’s Year of Food & Drink and promises to create many brilliant moments for visitors to Scotland.

The Picnic Butler is an exclusive experience offered by Forest Holidays at their two Scottish locations at Ardgartan in Argyll, and Strathyre in Perthshire. Each location is nestled in the natural luxury of breathtaking Forestry Commission land, on the edge of stunning lochs and surrounded by dramatic mountains. The Picnic Butler will take guests out to extra special places at each location to experience a special picnic of local produce. The Picnic Butler is an experienced forest ranger and will offer guidance on foraging, making fires, spotting wildlife and outdoor survival – creating brilliant moments guests will remember for a lifetime.

Guests at Forest Holidays’ two Scottish locations will be able to choose from a range of Picnic Butler experiences tailored towards couples or families. Guests will be able to suspend the reality of the clock and let the Picnic Butler lead them to the magical locations, learning all the secrets of the forest and its inhabitants.

Each of the Forest Holidays locations will source produce from local suppliers for the picnic hampers, including Scottish smoked salmon and Caboc cream cheese bagels, Scottish crisps, Arran cheese and Arran oat cakes, seasonal fruits, Tunnocks tea cakes and caramel logs, Heather Honey tablet, Irn Bru, Scottish spring water and a glass of sparkling wine for romantic walks.

Jack Black, The Picnic Butler, is a true force of nature, with a fascinating career which has taken him to every far-flung corner of the world. He has climbed Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro and Ben Nevis, worked as a wildlife ranger in Kenya, ferried Chinese refugees through the mountains into Nepal and escaped from a bear in Canada. Now, as Scotland’s only Picnic Butler, Jack said: “Having travelled the world exploring and visiting some the highest mountains and greatest wilds, it’s only fitting that I am now taking on the greatest challenge of my career – being Scotland’s only Picnic Butler. Scotland’s incredible landscape and the natural larder go hand-in-hand, and the two Forest Holidays locations offer excellent opportunities for picnics and discovering wildlife. It’s a pleasure for me to be a part of people’s holidays, creating moments they will treasure forever.”