Despite sounding like you can't pronounce it even when you can, Inshriach is still a pretty amazing place. The recently resurrected hunting lodge is nestled in a 4.5 thousand kmsq. national park up in the Scottish Highlands, and's not content with merely offering regular local distillery whiskey tastings, off-road driving, and clay shooting (not in that order, thankfully), as they also provide
Along with a Mongolian-style yurt and a rustic writers' retreat, they've recently added the Beer Moth: a '56 fire service truck they drove up from Kent, then re-fitted by literally raising the roof, then putting in a wall taken from a doghouse (leaving its former occupant raising ruffs), oak floors from a Tudor mansion, a cottage door, a Victorian double bed, and a wood-burning stove using a snooker-slate for a hearth. This sucker is actually still mobile, and will be moved to be closer to..
The Insider Festival:
Taking place on-site over three days in June, this awesomely remote get-together will feature:
- A 60+ strong band lineup, many with super-cool names you wish you'd thought of for your own band, like Three Blind Wolves, Dr Mango & The Chickpeas, and Dirty Heart Club DJs.
- Popup restos serving the likes of scrambled Arbroath smokies, venison chilli wraps, wood-fired pizza, and seaweed-smoked pigs’ cheeks, because hey, it's a festival, there's gonna be some weed smoking.
- A purpose-built whiskey bar made almost entirely from local barrels that surely weigh a tun.
- An Olympiad, with events like celebrity lookalike dance-offs, "let's-settle-this-like-men" arm-wrestling, the "Boris Yeltsin memorial cabbage tossing contest", an egg and spoon triathlon, and a tug of war featuring randomly selected teams like "bald people vs gymnasts for example", which also sounds wrong even if you are saying it right.