Medieval menu; activity holidays
The six member family Škuletić, together with numerous cattle, spends the summer in Krnjača Katun, where they come to pasture from the village of Duži. The katun is reached by a local road after 15 km west from Šavnik. All family members have their daily responsibilities in taking care of sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens and one horse. The children are mainly responsible for grazing cattle and will gladly invite you to join them and try homemade bread and sour cream prepared by their mother. From fresh sheep's milk that has been boiled, the housewife makes cheese and skims cream, which is kept in a large wooden vat until the end of their stay in the katun that ends with the arrival of winter. A particular specialty that you must try is “saljevak” – morning fresh milk skimmed cream from milk that had been boiled the previous night. In Krnjača Katun, scarce water is carefully saved, which you can go and fetch on your own with a bucket from a nearby well.
In order to get familiar how traditionally cattle were taken care of in the past, host Jovan will show you, who has handmade a wooden shepherds’ mobile hut for night watch of cattle from wolves. It is the so-called “kućer”, which is moved on big wooden “sleds” and changes its place depending on the flock.
The family resides in the village of Duži (hamlet Kutnja Njiva) the rest of the year, on the right bank of the river Komarnica, which is known for its more than 300 m deep canyon. The village is 2.5 km away from the katun and it is recognizable by excellent micro-climate conditions for growing buckwheat. Apart from the pedological composition of the soil, the local night wind – “notnik” – is also important, which does not allow the formation of frost and thus the cereals do not freeze. At the table of the Škuletić family, be sure to try homemade buckwheat bread with dairy and meat specialities produced in ecological conditions.
In the moments of rest and enjoyment, hard-working farmer Jovan will play on his handmade national musical instrument gusle for his guests.
Archaeological sites that still wait to be discovered can be found nearby: remains of the caravan road Dubrovnik – Constantinople, on the stretch from Šavnik to Bukovica; Jelovica – a monastery below the village of Duži, at the mouth of the Komarnica and Pridvorica rivers; a group of medieval tombstones Stećci in the villages of Bijela and Pošćenje, etc.
Continuing further through beautiful landscapes along a gravel road in the direction of Plužine, at the 14th kilometre you will come upon the traditional katuns of Studena and Boban. From Studena you can climb to Buručkovac (2093 masl), from which you will have a panoramic view towards the surrounding peaks of the Piva Mountain and Durmitor, and some flocks of sheep, goats and cattle. Even further, after 2 km, you will reach the asphalt road “Durmitor Ring”, a landscape attraction for visitors in cars, on motorcycles and bicycles.