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    Scottish Foods: Our Pick of Scotland’s Best Restaurants

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    By Rupert Shanks, Chief Storyteller
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    Are These Scotland’s Best Restaurants?

    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 and our choices reflect where the best outdoor adventures can be found. 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.

    EDITOR’S NOTE – please check with each eatery about changes to opening times post-lockdown.

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    Outer Hebrides & St. Kilda

    Scotland's Best Restaurants

    Seafood salad at North Harbour Bistro

    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. Update from Scottish Food Awards 2017: Winners of Island Restaurant of the Year 2017 and Gold Fish Medal 2017.
    Tripadvisor Link | Budget: £



    Temple Cafe, Harris 

    Scotland's Best Restaurants

    Temple Cafe

    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 including 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

    Scotlands Best Restaurants

    Lochinver Larder pies

    Lochinver Larder

    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: £


    Scotland's Best Restaurants


    Kylesku Hotel

    This beautiful small hotel sits overlooking Loch Gleann Dubh almost underneath the mighty Kylesku bridge, north of Unapool. The award-winning food on offer here is sourced locally. Fresh seafood arrives on the pier alongside the hotel and local crofters supply the finest lamb, pork and venison. A foodie oasis along one of the wildest routes in Scotland, which we visit as part of our new cycling adventure, the North Coast 500.
    Website Link | Tel: +44 (0) 1971 502231 | Budget: ££


    West Highlands including Knoydart

    Gille Brighde, Diabaig

    Scotland's Best Restaurants

    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 & Central Highlands

    Within Scotland’s Best restaurants, Gleneagles fine-dining is in a world of its own.  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 had 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. Although the Aviemore location is now closed, the same quality of food is available at their new site in nearby Grantown.
    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: ££

    Meet the Author: 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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