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Scottish Foods; Our Pick of Scotland’s Best Restaurants

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 by Rupert Shanks

After years of painstaking research (eating and drinking) by our trip planners and a tonne of feedback from our clients and guides, here’s Our Pick of Scotland’s Best Restaurants.

Our wee country has come a long way since the heady days of battered mars bars and deep fried.. well pretty much anything. Scottish Food has so much to offer the adventure traveller and is an essential part of any trip to Scotland’s wild places.

Our Pick of Scotland’s Best Restaurants includes a range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and delis that have proven to offer a real taste of Scotland. Scottish foods have historically catered for an appetite induced by the great outdoors. There can be nothing more satisfying than settling into a mouthwatering meal of local, fresh and hearty dishes after a day out in the hills or on the water. This list of Scottish eateries, pubs and restaurants is by no means complete. We will be adding and amending to it as more research comes in! Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

Our Pick of Scotland’s Best Restaurants – By Area

Outer Hebrides

North Harbour Bistro, Scalpay
A tiny restaurant with a big passion for fresh local produce and a real talent in the kitchen. We have been getting rave reviews from guides and clients alike who have enjoyed stunning dishes with incredible local ingredients.
Tripadvisor Link | Budget: £

Temple Cafe, Harris Our Pick of Scotland’s Best Restaurants
Low-key and rustic charm in spades at this friendly cafe in Northton on Harris. The food ranges from delicious homebaking to enjoy with a coffee  to some fantastic meals prepared with a hearty Hebridean welcome. We recommend the pulled pork with bbq sauce followed by a slice of giant Strawberry shortcake.
Facebook Link | Tel: 07876 340416 | Budget: £

Inner Hebrides & Skye

Our Pick of Scotland's Best RestaurantsThe Three Chimneys, Skye
This michelin-starred restaurant in the north west of Skye offers a very special dining experience. Surrounded by rugged coastline, the approach at the Three Chimneys is all about sampling Scotland’s rich culinary heritage and the best in local ingredients.
Website Link | Tel: 01470 511258 | Budget: £££

 The Small & Cosy Teahouse, Skye
Drop in and sample a pot from their vast collection of unusual loose-leafed teas, washed down with a selection of top-notch home-baking.
Website Link | Tel: 01470 562471 | Budget £

Relish, Portree Skye
This deli offers a veritable smorgasbord of the freshest in local produce and their own menu of tasty treats. Take away a selection for devouring at home or sample something prepared. The langoustine, lime and garlic mayo sandwich comes highly recommended.
Website Link | Tel:01478 613787 | Budget: £

North West Highlands

Lochinver Larder

Our Pick of Scotland's Best Restaurants

Lochinver

Possibly THE most popular and infamous eatery within the Wilderness Scotland team. This unassuming cafe and bistro in the village of Lochinver produces some of the most delicious pies on the planet.
Website Link | Tel: 01571 844356 | Budget: £

West Highlands & Knoydart

Gille Brighde, Diabaig
This wee restaurant located on the shores of Loch Torridon offers a bounty of fresh local ingredients prepared with a real love of the area. Fantastic seafood and local venison comes highly recommended.
Website Link | Tel: 01445 790245 | Budget: £

Applecross Inn
An absolute gem of a place. Award-winning seafood to die for in a cosy wee pub-like atmosphere bathed in some of the most stunning views of the west coast possible. A real favourite with us.
Website Link | Tel: 01520 744262 | Budget: ££

Doune, Knoydart
One of our most favourite places to visit, Doune is a tiny settlement on the tip of the Knoydart peninsula. The food served there by Liz and Martin in the kitchen is an award-winning collection of the freshest seafood and local produce, often collected from the sea the same day. A very special place. (Click here for our short film about food culture on Knoydart, featuring Doune).
Website Link | Tel: 01687 462667 | Budget: ££

Our Pick of Scotland's Best RestaurantsEeusk, Oban
Located on the pier in Oban harbour, this seafood restaurant offers a invigorating dive into the heart of Scottish seafood culture! Enjoy views of the sun setting over the bay as you crack open annother lobster claw.
Website Link | Tel: 01631 565666 | Budget: ££

Kerrera Tea Garden, Oban
Cosy wee cafe located on the island of Kerrera, across the bay from Oban. Definitely in the running for best scones this side of the border! An ideal place for a refuel after a walk around the island.
Website Link | Tel: 01631 566367 | Budget: £

Cairngorms and Central Scotland

Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles
Within Scotland’s Best restaurants, Andrew Fairlie offers the best in fine-dining.  Scotland’s only 2 Michelin starred restaurant and previous winner of UK’s best restaurant in the Sunday Times. This is a dining experience to be remembered!
Website Link | Tel: 01764 694267 | Budget: £££

Scottish Deli, PitlochryOur Pick of Scotland's Best Restaurants
If you re anywhere near Pitlochry make sure you head over to the Scottish Deli where you can pick up a range of Scottish delights. They offer an incredible selection of fresh sandwiches and goodies to take away.
Website Link | Tel: 01796 473322 | Budget: £

Mountain Cafe, Aviemore
As our office is only a mile down the road, we have built up a pretty strong relationship with this friendly wee cafe. They offer a fantastic menu for breakfast and lunch of fresh and tasty dishes but perhaps are most famous for their award-winning home baking and mouthwatering cake selection.
Website Link | Tel:01479 812473 | Budget: £

The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
Another local favourite with the Wilderness Team who visit this absolute gem of a pub and restaurant perhaps a little too often! The Old Bridge is not only one of the best pubs in the highlands with a fantastic range of local beers,  whiskies and a cracking live-music lineup but also offers a very impressive menu of top-notch food. Not to be missed.
Website Link | Tel: 01479 811137 | Budget: ££

Andersons, Boat of Garten
Relaxed eatery with delicious comforting food and a welcoming atmosphere. Try the exploding ice cream for a post-dinner pick-me-up.
Website Link | Tel: 01479 831466| Budget: ££

Research incomplete!

This list is an ongoing project as more research (eating) is carried out. If you have any thoughts on our selection of Scotland’s best restaurants across the Highlands and Western Isles please share them below.

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Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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