Fascinating Fungi Walk @ The Scottish Wild Food Festival, Stirlingshire


Saturday, 14 September 2019
09:30 - 13.00

A guided forage and cookery demonstration exploring the fascinating world of wild fungi at Scotland’s first Wild Food Festival.



An exploration of the fascinating and fabulous world of fungi at Scotland’s first Wild Food Festival. September is high fungi season in Central Scotland and this event is designed to make the most of it. Over about 1.5 miles of easy walking over 2.5 hours we will explore the fungi of Cardross Estate, then learn how to prepare and cook the best edible species. Ticket price includes admission to the Wild Food Festival in the grounds of Cardross Estate, near Stirling. (Full details of the festival will be released soon!)

Your host for the walk will be Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Mark is a passionate mycophile, wild gastronomer and professional wild food educator, who has been teaching about wild mushroom identification and edibility for over 25 years. Mark is a font of knowledge and enthusiasm on wild fungi, specialising in making this often daunting subject fun and accessible to novices, while providing solid foundations for a lifetime of discovery, enjoyment and worry-free wild eating. Mark writes widely on this subject and works closely with leading mycologists, landowner/conservation organisations such as The National Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.

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Check out Mark’s free online wild fungi guide here

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Please note that while this date and location will be selected to maximise the potential range of fungi we encounter, it is not possible to guarantee what we will find. We will be exploring all aspects of fungi

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Location: Near Cardross House, Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith, By Stirling, FK83JY

Date: Saturday 14th September 2019

Start time: Arrive in time for a 9.30am start.

Finish time: Around 1.00pm – allowing lots of time to explore further festival events during the afternoon.

Cost: Adults £50 Children aged 12 to 16:  £25 (Please note: fungi identification can be complex and this event is recommended only for children with a keen eye for detail)

Expect: Up to 1.5 miles gentle walking on well made paths over 2.5 hours followed by an edible wild mushroom cookery demonstration.

Fascinating Fungi


  • The important role fungi plays in nature
  • How to go about identifying important families and species of fungi
  • How to home in on the most rewarding edible species
  • How to recognise dangerously poisonous species
  • Medicinal and utilitarian uses
  • Sustainable harvesting practices
  • Preservation and cooking techniques
  • Key resources for taking your personal learning forward
  • Other autumn woodland wild foods

The cookery demonstration after the walk will be open to all festival-goers, but ticket holders for the walk will have priority seating and tasting.


Essential: Stout footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water

Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera, fungi field guide if you have one. If you make any foraged delights at home and would like to share them with the group, please bring them along!

Please read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION tab on this page before booking and again before setting off for the event.

Please note: I do not recommend this event for children under 12 years old. Sorry, this event is unsuitable for dogs.


Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.

This information applies only to events booked on this website. When booking events involving GWF anywhere other than on this website,  the terms and conditions of the vendor apply, which may be different from the following.

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund or rebook for no-shows or cancellations within 2 weeks of the event.

In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.

The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.

Please provide  the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :

  • Medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy). All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.

Please ensure that  all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.

On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!

Please bring your own drinking water.

Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.

My very friendly, calm dog occasionally accompanies me on guided walks. He is not a distraction, and often adds to the entertainment as he tends to like to copy my foraging antics! If you have a specific aversion to dogs, please check with me before booking – I don’t necessarily need to bring him. The one thing that makes him more of a handful is other dogs (he will constantly want to play with them, especially if they are ladies!), so please check in with me first if you might like to bring your own dog.

Please contact mark on mark@gallowaywildfoods.com or 07900 692 478 if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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