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LOCHINVER

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV27 4LP
Tel:01571 844407
Comments

Lesley and Colin have a truly special place here and have deservedly received a Michelin Star. They use neighbouring Highland Stoneware pottery to set the stage for their highly creative dishes and grow many of their vegetables themselves. It is amazing what you can grow so far north when you are skilful and dedicated. Their passion for sourcing the best is well known far from these shores and this star shines as brightly as ever. If you haven’t visited for a while it is surely time to return – but be sure to book! They are Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club and together Lesley and Colin have created sublime meals for over 20 years at The Albannach and it always a pleasure to return to this truly special place.



Main Street
Lochinver
Assynt


Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV27 4JY
Tel:01571 844321
Comments
The wonderful folk at The Albannach, Lochinver now have second venue - downtown! The Caberfeidh Bar & Restaurant is now owned by Colin Craig and Lesley Crosfield, chef-proprietors for more than two decades of Michelin-starred restaurant and multi award-winning boutique hotel, The Albannach. The relaxed light, tapas-style bites, fresh local shellfish, fish and game, meatballs, hand cut chips, home made soups and breads on the menu at The Caberfeidh are another great addition to this highland village.


Cawdor
NAIRN

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV12 5XP
Tel:01667 404777
Comments
Cawdor is a miniature picturesque village a stone throw from Nairn and in it you will find this very special place. The Cawdor Tavern is an absolute gem of a place and the heart and soul of this highland village. As soon as you enter you know it will be fabulous: friendly staff, open fires, local produce and a great bustling atmosphere. The menus are brimming with wonderful produce and the dishes we selected were top notch - here is my excellent smoked haddock pate starter. No accommodation here but good B&Bs nearby and a lovely part of Scotland to visit. Very popular with locals and tourists.


Connage Highland Dairy

Milton of Connage

Ardersier

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV2 7QU
Tel:01667 462000
Comments
This fine cheese maker also has a superb cheese pantry, and lovely cafe so there is much to see and do, and in Apr 2013 it was named one of top ten cheeses in Britain. There are events throughout the season so check their website here for details.........also seen on Hairy Bikers Programme! Family of organic dairy farmers in the Scottish Highlands by Inverness making superb award winning vegetarian cheeses. A wonderful range for your cheeseboard and I also use them in many of my recipes. Their cows are mainly Friesian Jersey cross and Norwegian Reds and graze on lucious clover pastures. Their cheeses are sent across the world and have won international awards. If you are reading this in London they are now also available in Harrods Food Hall. To discover their delicious range and many awards please click on picture for their website. GOLD for Clava and BRONZE for Crowdie at the World Cheese Awards 2007 GOLD ** for Crowdie Great Taste Awards 2007 SILVER for Connage Dunlop at the Royal Highland Show 2007 BRONZE for Cromal Nantwich International Cheese Show 2007 Shortlisted 2007 Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards Runners-up in NFU Innovation awards 2007 WINNERS in New Business and New Product category with the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum 2006


Woodlands Terrace
GRANTOWN ON SPEY

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
PH26 3JU
Tel:01479 872106
Comments
They call themselves the small hotel with the big personality and I agree. Formerly the Country House home of the Earl of Seafield's family this charming Victorian home has many original features and has been lovingly restored to its former glory by your resident hosts. It is perfectly located to explore the Whisky Trail. Menus are carefully and attentively prepared to an exceptional standard using the very best local ingredients. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club their world class beef is sourced in Forres. The menus change daily and their whisky collection is very impressive. Little wonder they have guests who return time and again.


Rothiemurchus Estate
by AVIEMORE

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
PH22 1QH
Tel:01479 810005
Comments
Named after the burn that runs by the back of the building this is lovely place to eat on the Rothiemurchus Estate. Open for breakfasts and lunches it focusses on the highland beef, game and rainbow trout from the estate, simply served with style. There is also home baking and great coffee. Afterwards you can stock up on local produce at the farm shop next door - see farm shop entry.


Ratagan

Glenshiel
Nr KYLE OF LOCHALSH

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV40 8HP
Tel:01599 511331
Comments

Beautiful home on the shores of Loch Duich where you can enjoy imaginative dinners in their conservatory restaurant. They have a wonderful range of local produce from artisan producers on their mouth watering dinner menus. Not as far north as Kyle so look out for the turning to the original Skye ferry, perfect for visiting Kintail, Kyle of Lochalsh and Skye and only a moment's drive from the main road. They also offer Gourmet Weekends and Wine Tasting Breaks. Booking essential. A real find. Liz also offers a very useful range of courses from food hygiene to drinks licensing and health and safety. A handy person to know so here is her link too for further information. www.tkmtraiing.co.uk. Here we are having one of Tony's fine breakfasts. The views of the loch and birdlife flitting around are really special.



Tweed Mill Brae
KINGUSSIE

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
PH21 1LB
Tel:01540 661166
Comments

A truly special place - sublime food, fine wines, all in the heart of Monarch country... Their excellent menus combine fine dining with local ingredients, served in the charming spacious restaurant where patio doors open onto a terrace overlooking the River Gynack. The building itself is very old with a fascinating history yet inside it is very contemporary and designed to a very high standard. Vegetarians and special diets should give good notice as the menus are influenced by local suppliers. As always, much has been accomplished when closed over winter and now it has reopened so check out their lovely refreshed website on the link to see all the latest menus and developments. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.



FORT AUGUSTUS

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
PH32 4DU
Tel:01456 490000
Comments
A charming Victorian mansion by Loch Ness, proud holder of the Catering in Scotland Environment Award for its passion for all things eco. The menus are sustainable and delicious, local and inspired. Owned by the same family as The Torridon, this place is very special and well worth a visit. Here is the charming entrance lounge complete with grand piano.


Torridon
by ACHNASHEEN
Western Highlands

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV22 2EY
Tel:01445 791242
Comments

Absolutely stunning location, set in 58 acres of parkland, this glorious country house is a perfect getaway from urban pressures. You can chill and relax or embark on a range of outdoor activities should you so wish - either way you will have a wonderful time. The Torridon is dedicated to producing creative dishes from as much local produce as possible, supporting many local producers, and growing their own in the adjacent superb kitchen gardens - all delightfully labelled for our interest. Their great reputation for food also caught the eye of the Great British Cheese Awards where their passion for cheeses won them first prize for their CHEESEBOARD....And their excellent whisky bar would seem a fitting place to linger at the end of the day! Their award-winning chef not only excels in The Torridon kitchens but also in their Torridon Inn. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.



Torridon
By ACHNASHEEN
Western Highlands

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV22 2EY
Tel:01445 791242
Comments
This cosy inn is only 100metres from the Torridon hunting lodge, offering an alternative informal menu and place to relax or use as a base whilst enjoying the activities on offer. The rooms are really pretty, arranged around the historic converted steadings, all on ground level. The lovely breakfast is served at the Inn where there are also very useful blackboards informing of the day's activities and likely weather. Whether wild and wintry or sunny and balmy this place is magic!


Region: Highlands & Northern Islands Members - Isle of Skye



SLEAT
SE Skye

Highlands & Northern Islands Members - Isle of Skye
IV43 8QY
Tel:44(0)1471 833333
Comments
Lady Claire Macdonald has done wonders for Skye - indeed for all of Scotland. Kinloch Lodge's renowned hospitality provides the ideal escape from our hectic lifestyles. 'Charming, cosy and discreetly luxurious' as they say, and it could not be more accurate. You can even book in for Claire's cookery demonstrations and go home inspired! Kinloch also has a well stocked cook's shop and of course her cook books. The tradition carries on as their daughter Isabella and her family are also in residence, along with Marcello Tully, resident head-chef providing an exquisiste daily changing menu, using the very best of local and seasonal produce in their Michelin starred restaurant. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Stein
WATERNISH

Highlands & Northern Islands Members - Isle of Skye
IV55 8GA
Tel:01470 592362
Comments
The oldest inn on Skye dating from 1790 - a cheery couthie place to dine and stay. Idyllic setting on shore with stunning waterfront views of the bay The Stein Inn is steeped in character and an excellent place from which to check out the local walks, mountains, birdlife and brews! Local beers, malts and produce from land and marvellous freshly landed seafood along with your friendly hosts will make your visit memorable. It makes you proud to be Scots! In addition to their lovely accommodation above the inn, they also have a super self catering at http://www.auld-mission-cottage.co.uk Originally the wee primary school, it was then a kirk and now totally refurbished to create a beautiful dwelling.


Viewfield Road
Portree
ISLE OF SKYE

Highlands & Northern Islands Members - Isle of Skye
IV51 9EU
Tel:01478 612217
Comments
This genuine ancestral family home is over 200 years old with original features and personal history. It has been the home of the Macdonalds for many generations and you are invited into their home - the atmosphere is Scottish House Party with its own unique charm. Situated in the Island's capital Portree, set in 20 acres of woodland garden, this country residence is an ideal base for touring Skye yet within a brief walk of Portree centre. Click on their link for a useful wee film on you tube. It's a super place.


Region: Applecross



Applecross Inn
Shore Street

Applecross
IV54 8LR
Tel:01520 744 262
Applecross Inn
Comments

Applecross is quite extraordinary! The road is memorable - not in a negative way...just that it is awesome! Even in summer you can see flecks of snow on the moors as you drive up and over and down to the sunny shore where the inn lies. It has long been famous for its local produce - seafood from Applecross Bay, Applecross Estate Venison and as much garden produce as possible - all ingredients as low food miles as feasible. Under the same ownership since the 80's and winners of several awards for their food and hospitality. There are rooms too so enjoy at your leisure.



Region: Aviemore



Old Bridge Inn
Dalfaber Road

Aviemore
PH22 1PU
Tel:01479 811137
Old Bridge Inn
Comments
A cheery hostelry, on the road to the ski slopes so perfect after a country walk or ski. Offering great fresh local food from the Cairngorm region in an informal setting. You may well be sitting among hikers, families and romantic dates! It is justly a very popular place to go, outwith the maelstrom of Aviemore town yet only moments away on this quiet backwater by the river. A really lovely friendly place and this Feather Blade of Beef with mash and spinach was delicious.


Region: Boat of Garten



Andersons
Deshar Road

Boat of Garten
PH24 3BN
Tel:01479 831466
Andersons
Comments
In the heart of osprey country! At Anderson's the atmosphere is relaxed and informal, with Steve and Claire fiercely committed to using seasonal local produce. Their creative menus and daily specials are excellent – often with an international twist. Families are welcome, with children offered smaller portions.


Boat Hotel

Boat of Garten
PH24 3BH
Tel:01479 831 258
Boat Hotel
Comments
Delightful hotel with excellent food deep in the heart of the highlands in the village famous for its ospreys. Adjacent to the old steam railway line and handy for Aviemore town yet pleasantly rural set amidst stunning scenery and forest. Traditional Scots exterior and stylish interiors - there are even murder weekends if you fancy a mystery!


Region: Caithness



Castle of Mey
near Thurso

Caithness
KW14 8XH
Tel:01847 851473
Castle of Mey
Comments
The Castle of Mey was built by George, the 4th Earl of Caithness, and has a long and breathtaking history culminating in its sale to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1952. She fell for its isolation and beauty, rescued and restored it, and also renamed it Castle of Mey. She went on to have many many happy years here, every summer and at other seasons of the year. She adored the gardens she restored to glory and these too are enjoyed by the visitors who flock here to this most northerly mainland castle. Castle of Mey now also has a beautiful restaurant with natural wood beams and a delightful atmosphere. The menus are brimming with local produce, much of it from the beautiful and bountiful gardens pictured. As well as a superb range of potatoes, cucumbers, fruits and berries, there are onions for chutneys and cabbages for coleslaw; Mey Selections Beef from the home farm and honey from their hives. There are also fragrant rose gardens and walls with honeysuckle. Perfect for lunch or some home baking throughout the day. Open daily but only through seasonal opening so telephone to check. No e mail at present.


Region: Dornoch



Dornoch Castle
Castle Street

Dornoch
IV25 3SD
Tel:01862 810216
Dornoch Castle
Comments
Historic 16th century building with bags of character. Originally owned by the Church for their Bishops it was sold into private ownership in the 1920's, 20 years later being transformed into a hotel. The current owners have been there 12 years. Good food in couthy surroundings. Lounge bar serving coffees and home bakes, and Garden Restaurant for relaxed dining to relish the produce of the far north.


Region: Evanton



Storehouse Restaurant & Farm Shop
Foulis Ferry

Evanton
IV16 9UX
Tel:01349 830038
Storehouse Restaurant & Farm Shop
Comments
Great place with a stunning location on the shores of the Cromarty Firth in the heart of Munro clan country. This informal eatery is light and spacious and well capable of dealing with its popularity at peak times. On the day we visited there was tasty seafood and delicious salads and desserts. We went for the local lamb shank that was sublime! Ideal for meals, light bites and home made bakes en route north. Also with a lovely shop - see delicatessen entry.


Region: Fort William



Crannog Seafood Restaurant
Town Pier

Fort William
PH33 6DB
Tel:01397 705 589
Crannog Seafood Restaurant
Comments
A wonderful cheery red crannog-esque building, resting on the waterside by Fort William - a great way to enjoy fresh seafood, served simply and naturally - it's quite a landmark. There are also cruises - and available for floating weddings!


Inverlochy Castle
Torlundy

Fort William
PH33 6SN
Tel:01397 702177
Inverlochy Castle
Comments
A real castle in a magnificent setting and world famous - fine dining par excellence, a warm welcome awaits you. In a prime location very near Fort William. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club


Lochaber Farm Shop, Crafts & Cafe
Unit 5 Lochaber Rural Complex Torlundy

Fort William
PH33 6SQ
Tel:01397 708686
Lochaber Farm Shop, Crafts & Cafe
Comments
This charming rural log cabin houses a delightful gift shop and farm shop with lots of local produce, carefully sourced to be useful and interesting. They are farmers themselves so specialise in locally reared meat but also have many cured cuts, vegetables, baking and Fair Trade produce. The building is up by Aonach Mor Ski Centre and deserves to be supported. It has a lovely bright tearoom with home baking and is a welcome new find to Scottish Food Guide. Do check opening times - although open quite a lot!


Region: Gairloch



Badachro Inn
Badachro

Gairloch
IV21 2AA
Tel:01445 741255
Badachro Inn
Comments
What a great place! Local produce, local hostelry, all combined in one winning combo. Sailors, families, friends all enjoying the convivial surroundings and great local produce. You can go for a drink or a whole meal...advise booking... and sit outside if you wish overlooking Badachro Bay as you can see.


Na Mara
Strath

Gairloch
IV21 2BZ
Tel:01445 712397
Na Mara
Comments
This super restaurant in the heart of the village of Gairloch is very popular and we were lucky to get in! They have a lovely range of menu options with seafood as the star. The suppliers are celebrated and the provenance clear. They also do a very popular high tea for early birds and all their dishes reflect the daily catch. It is bright and informal, light airy and very friendly.


Region: Grantown on Spey



Ravenscourt House Hotel
Seafield Avenue

Grantown on Spey
PH26 3JG
Tel:01479 872286
Ravenscourt House Hotel
Comments
Graceful Edwardian country house, handy for the main street of Grantown on Spey yet located on a peaceful avenue. Relaxed dining in their conservatory restaurant serving local produce with friendly service.


Region: Helmsdale



Timespan River Cafe
Dunrobin Street



Helmsdale
KW8 6JX
Tel:01431 821327
Timespan River Cafe
Comments

Established in 1986, Timespan is an intriguing concept - developed from a small local heritage centre to an award-winning museum and contemporary art gallery and a creative hub. It has a programme of events and the bonnie River Cafe overlooking the river and Telford Bridge, serving locally made bakes with a smile. I particularly liked the way the cakes were attributed to their makers...although I have to confess I cannot remember who made our delicious lemon meringue pie!!



Region: Inverness



Glendruidh House Hotel
Old Edinburgh Road South

Inverness
IV2 6AR
Tel:01463 226499
Glendruidh House Hotel
Comments
Delicious meals in delightful country house setting with charming hosts.


Mustard Seed Restaurant
16 Fraser Street

Inverness
IV1 1DW
Tel:01463 220220
Mustard Seed Restaurant
Comments
Contemporary stylish dining. Mouthwatering menu and well worth a visit - I like to sit upstairs from where you can watch the chefs industriously prepare the dishes.


Region: Inverness-shire



Invergarry Hotel
Invergarry

Inverness-shire
PH35 4HJ
Tel:01809 501206
Invergarry Hotel
Comments
This has long been known among the fishing fraternity and is an ideal place to break the car journey from Edinburgh to Skye and now it has been completely overhauled and lovingly restored by its most recent owners it is a joy to visit. Stylish yet comfortable, modern yet not losing its gracious character the Invergarry has excellent menus on offer, welcoming non residents through from breakfast onwards. This may be a relaxed country inn but they take their food very seriously and are members of the Scotch Beef Club to prove it. Locally sourced and seasonal produce reigns supreme.


Region: Isle of Harris, Western Isles



Amhuinnsuidhe Castle
Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate


Isle of Harris, Western Isles
HS3 3AS
Tel:01859 560 200
Amhuinnsuidhe Castle
Comments
This is something else! At the end of a country road in stunning landscape with rarely a human in sight Amhuinnsuidhe is as unique as its name! It can be booked in its entirety complete with sporting facilities but it is also open for Bed and Breakfast, short breaks and courses.They pride themselves in serving local ingredients, particularly their own shellfish, estate venison and beautifully home smoked salmon.


Scarista House
Sgarasta Bheag


Isle of Harris, Western Isles
HS3 3HX
Tel:01859 550238
Scarista House
Comments
Idyllic location overlooking Taransay Island (of BBC fame). Scarista has a fine reputation for food, local and where possible organic. They pride themselves in Slow Food principles and also have one of the best sandy beach you have ever seen on their doorstep! Awesome scenery.


Region: Isle of Skye



Cafe Arriba
Quay Brae
Portree

Isle of Skye
IV51 9DB
Tel:01478 611830
Cafe Arriba
Comments
Delightfully quirky upstairs bistro overlooking the harbour. With its rich hues and blackboard menus it's a lot of fun and filled with ethical produce! No e mail at present.


Columba 1400
Leadership Centre
Staffin

Isle of Skye
IV51 9JY
Tel:01478 611400
Columba 1400
Comments
Bright and attractive cafe and social enterprise comprising of Community and Leadership Centre, IT café & restaurant in a stunning location. Remarkable and creative. Open for lunch, dinner, light snacks and good coffee all day.


Eilean Iarmain
Isle Ornsay
Sleat

Isle of Skye
IV43 8QR
Tel:01471 833332
Eilean Iarmain
Comments
Enchanting spot on the shore, so picturesque it has been used in various films. Fine dining & beautifully furnished period rooms in the hotel. Eilean Iarmain also has the local's bar, Baram Praban that can be a lively spot for informal gatherings all year round plus good food served all day. Much of the seafood is landed at the hotels' own pier.


Greshornish House
Edinbane

By PORTREE

Isle of Skye
IV51 9PN
Tel:01470 582266
Greshornish House
Comments
Greshornish House, on a secluded loch-side setting, is surrounded by 10 acres of its own gardens and wooded grounds amongst the spectacular scenery between Portree and Dunvegan Castle. It is a lovely comfortable home with imaginative menus. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant
Stein
Waternish

Isle of Skye
IV55 8GA
Tel:01470 592235
Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant
Comments
Into their second decade at Stein this charming converted fishermen's cottage serves excellent locally landed seafood. Open for dinner only from 6.30pm - Wednesday to Saturday inclusive from Easter to mid October. With only 7 tables booking is advised.


Rosedale Hotel
Beaumont Crescent
Portree

Isle of Skye
IV51 9DB
Tel:01478 613131
Rosedale Hotel
Comments

This very old building by the harbour has a fascinating history - from the former bar once the village Co-Operative Supermarket Harbour to the bakers' oven still in the lounge bar. The location gives it exceptional views, and your charming hosts will make you very welcome. This quaint old building winds down to the water's edge. Now B&B only.



Three Chimneys
Colbost
Dunvegan

Isle of Skye
IV55 8ZT
Tel:01470 511258
Three Chimneys
Comments
Shirley & Eddie founded Three Chimneys in the 80's where they created wonderful award-winning dining followed subsequently with imaginative suites. They put a tiny hamlet in the far north of Scotland on the world stage. Now Michellin starred with 5* accommodation, and pioneering chef/director Michael Smith at the helm, they still play an active role in the business. Also Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Ullinish Country Lodge
STRUAN

Isle of Skye
IV56 8FD
Tel:01470 572214
Ullinish Country Lodge
Comments
Experience Ullinish Country Lodge and let the magic of Skye embrace you. Start off following the road to Dunvegan but turn onto the by-roads to find this secluded gem. Steeped in history it offers year-round hospitality, with fine cuisine and a warm welcome from the resident owners Pam and Brian Howard. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Region: Isles of Orkney



Birsay Bay Tearoom
Palace
Birsay

Isles of Orkney
KW17 2LX
Tel:01856 721 399
Birsay Bay Tearoom
Comments
Breathtaking views (my photo does not do it justice!) and lovely home produced goodies. Freshly baked cakes and a lovely selection of teas. The giant greenhouse next door produces some of the menu, notably tomatoes all of Orkney talks about! Check up for seasonal opening hours.


Foveran Hotel
Kirkwall
St Ola

Isles of Orkney
KW15 1SF
Tel:+44 (0)1856 872389
Foveran Hotel
Comments

Of modern design, overlooking the bay, this hotel on the outskirts of Kirkwall has had a great reputation for dining for many years. Safe in the hands of the Doull family, Paul, chef with his wife Helen oversee the restaurant, while his sister-in-law Shirley is administration and brother, Hamish, looks after the facilities and maintenance. The family is supported by a strong team in the kitchen and restaurant, including second chef Roddy Belford. Paul is passionate about local produce and has consistently won awards for his creative use of the island produce. A typical menu will include Kirkwall Bay Shellfish’ scallops, lobsters, partans or langoustines; Jollys of Orkney excellent smoked fish from their own kiln; Grimbister Farm Cheese and the renowned North Ronaldsay mutton to name but a few. 



Hamnavoe Restaurant
35 Graham Place
Stromness

Isles of Orkney
KW16 3BY
Tel:01856 850606
Hamnavoe Restaurant
Comments

Highly respected seafood bistro, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. With seafood and produce such as the Orkneys have to offer it is wonderful to see it put to such good use with creative flair in this Stromness bistro, up the small winding streets of this historic harbour town. Watch out for seasonal opening so check first.



Julia's Café & Bistro
20 Ferry Road
Stromness

Isles of Orkney
KW16 3AE
Tel:01856 850904
Julia
Comments

Relaxed café that deservedly has a great local reputation. Good honest local produce, simply prepared and high quality. Lots to choose from whether you are looking for a great latte or a full blown meal. Ideally situated by the ferry terminal in Stromness.



The Creel Restaurant with Rooms
Front Road
St Margaret's Hope


Isles of Orkney
KW17 2SL
Tel:+44 1856 831311
The Creel Restaurant with Rooms
Comments

For almost 30years The Creel has led and set the standard for the Orkney Isles. On its most southerly island, half an hour’s drive from Kirkwall over the world famous causeways, The Churchill Barriers, the drive is stunning – with food to match at your destination! Alan’s skills in the kitchen have received many accolades and he has a passion for the local island produce.



Region: Isles of Shetland



Bonhoga Gallery
Weisdale Mill
Weisdale


Isles of Shetland
ZE2 9LW
Tel:01595 830400
Bonhoga Gallery
Comments

Beautifully restored barley mill with fascinating Shetland knitwear museum, café and gallery. Beautiful ceramics to buy and delicious local produce to enjoy.Well worth a visit.



Burrastow
Walls

Isles of Shetland
ZE2 9PD
Tel:01595 809307
Burrastow
Comments

A magical place worth seeking out. This beautiful home is on the edge of the world with fantastic views and a real serenity. The food is home cooked and as local as could be. The scenery is stunning and the whole experinece will leave you relaxed, well dined and chilled. Booking essential.



Lews Castle Woodlands Trust
The Woodlands Centre

Castle Grounds
Stornoway

Isles of Shetland
HS2 0XP
Tel:01851 706916
Lews Castle Woodlands Trust
Comments

Steeped in history and nestling in the woods, seek out this delightful licensed Café for lunches, home baking, fresh coffee, gifts and crafts, natural and local history displays and a deck area for warmer days.



Region: Isles of Uist, Western Isles



Orasay Inn
Lochcarnan

Isles of Uist, Western Isles
HS8 5PD
Tel:01870 610298
Orasay Inn
Comments

Isobel & Alan have a really special place here - and the Hebridean soup is just superb. The superb selection of fish and seafood for their restaurant comes fresh from boat to hotel kitchen, supplied by local fishermen. Much of the beef served is from their own fold of Highland Cattle, raised on the croft.



Region: Kishorn



Kishorn Seafood Bar
Kishorn
Ross-shire

Kishorn
IV54 8XA
Tel:01520 733240
Kishorn Seafood Bar
Comments
This delightfully cheery place serves top notch seafood, home baking and coffees. Situated by the small hamlet of Kishorn overlooking the loch this is a charming place to stop off for a meal or a light bite. The menu has freshly prepared oysters, scallops and crab, delicious cakes and scones. We sampled Vivienne's tasty cullen skink - a winner.


Region: Knoydart



The Pier House
Inverie by Mallaig

Knoydart
PH41 4PL
Tel:01687 462347
The Pier House
Comments
Idyllic spot accessible by boat (unless you have walking boots). Delicious home made breads, garden produce & a warm welcome awaits you.


Region: Nairn



Boath House
Auldearn

Nairn
IV12 5TE
Tel:01667 454896
Boath House
Comments
Style, elegance and an enviable reputation. Enthusiastic members of the Slow Food Movement. Their Chef Charley Lockley is highly respected across Scotland. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Region: Plockton



Plockton Hotel
Harbour Street

Plockton
IV52 8TN
Tel:01599 544 274
Plockton Hotel
Comments
Great hotel right on the water's edge in this picturesque village - always a warm welcome with good food. Lovely local produce all year round and very friendly staff. Spotless and pretty bedrooms, great atmosphere in the bar and a lovely arty dining room. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


Plockton Inn & Seafood Restaurant
Innes Street

Plockton
IV52 8TW
Tel:01599 544222
Plockton Inn & Seafood Restaurant
Comments
Friendly informal eatery with great locally landed seafood, smoked in their own smokery. There is frequently live ceilidh music to enjoy whilst checking out the real ales and extensive range of malts. A couthy popular place with lovely food.


Plockton Shores
30 Harbour Street

Plockton
IV52 8TN
Tel:01599 544 263
Plockton Shores
Comments
Plockton Shores is a lovely wee restaurant on the waterfront in the picture postcard village of Plockton. It still houses the village grocer too for essential useful items, then you can linger awhile over a dish or two from their mouthwatering menu and watch the boats.


Seann Bhruthach
Duirinish
near Plockton

Plockton
IV40 8BE
Tel:01599 544204
Seann Bhruthach
Comments
A memorable B&B in the picture postcard crofting community of Duirinish (photo) where the highland cows and blackface roam on communal grazing alongside the river running through the village. A very warm welcome awaits you at this friendly B&B.


Region: Poolewe



Bridge Cottage Cafe
Main Street

Poolewe
IV22 2JU
Tel:01445 781335
Bridge Cottage Cafe
Comments
This delightful cafe and coffee shop is brimming full of home bakes and local produce. The couple who own and run it are passionate about their ingredients with as much artisan, organic and fair trade as possible. It really is the perfect friendly place to break your journey - and of course very popular with locals too.


Region: Ross-shire



Maggie's Tea Room
2 Camusnagaul
Dundonnell

Ross-shire
IV23 2QT
Tel:01854 633326
Maggie
Comments
What a great find! On the sometimes challenging A832 with its hairpin bends and stupendous views you will spot the clear signs to this delightful haven. Not only has she a bonnie tea room, lovely outside seating and stunning views, but also a good range of local crafts, including the Tain Pottery you see here that is also used for all her service. There are home bakes and light meals available - delicious cakes and locally caught shellfish straight from the creels; smoked salmon and local cheese. Although no longer owned by 'Maggie' it will always be known as such to locals hence the name as she is fondly remembered for her warmth and helpfulness to her neighbours when she lived on this croft. No e mail address at present so please call to check opening hours thank you.


Summer Isles Hotel
Achiltibuie
Wester Ross

Ross-shire
IV26 2YG
Tel:01854 622 282
Summer Isles Hotel
Comments

Idyllic setting, overlooking the Summer Isles. Exclusive, with dishes prepared immaculately by award-winning chef. The Summer Isles has long been rightly regarded as destination dining. They serve gracious afternoon teas (better to book) and also have a more informal bar serving splendid seafood platters at lunchtime. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.



Region: Scourie



The Shorehouse
Tigh-na-Mara

Scourie
IV27 4SS
Tel:01971 502251
The Shorehouse
Comments
When you see the sign from the 'main road' do turn off and investigate or you will forever rue the day! This magic place is right by the ferry to Handa Island, owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust where summer sailings will take to a beautiful isle for a wee trip... and of course have a meal before or after you go!! This family business has a lovely range of local delicacies to enjoy and home baked puds, but for me the star has to be the crab platters. The crabs are landed on the doorstep and Mum bravely prepares goodness how many to feed the enthusiastic customers who know about this special place! Once been, always returning. No e mail at present. Seasonal opening.


Region: Scrabster



Captains Galley
The Harbour
SCRABSTER

Scrabster
KW14 7UJ
Tel:01847 894999
Captains Galley
Comments
Great seafood restaurant with many awards, in the renovated old Scabster Ice House and salmon bothy right by the pier! An exponent of Slow Food Principles, Jim has brought great food to these most northern shores. Whenever possible they source their fresh produce within a 50-mile radius of the restaurant. There is usually something for the carnivores too! Please telephone to book.


Region: Spean Bridge



Corriegour Lodge Hotel
Loch Lochy

Spean Bridge
PH34 4EA
Tel:01397 712685
Corriegour Lodge Hotel
Comments
Family owned, this beautiful lodge has glorious views and beautiful interiors, perfect for a holiday treat or your wedding. Ideally located en route to the road to Skye by the shores of Loch Lochy their Loch View Restaurant is renowned for fine food - a real hidden treasure.


Region: Sutherland



Cocoa Mountain
8 Balnakeil
Durness
Lairg

Sutherland

Tel:01971 511233
Cocoa Mountain
Comments
This small gourmet chocolate enterprise based in the far north in Durness packs a big punch, winning Scotland of Food and Drink Excellence Award for Food Tourism in 2009. Along with their dedication to ensuring their chocolate is of the highest quality, they are also committed to ethical principles such as using fair trade, free range, organic and locally sourced ingredients where possible. Their shop and cafe is on the site of an intriguing slightly hippy jumble of angular buildings that were once part of the Ministry of Defence Early Warning System and is now a colourful home to a community of artists, families and of course chocolate! The lovely cafe also has outside summer seating and is very very popular. You can have 'chocolate shots' that are steaming ace hot chocolates with truffles on the side...too tempting to resist!!


Craggan Hotel
Melness

Sutherland
IV27 4YP
Tel:01847 601278
Craggan Hotel
Comments
This hotel sits in a small crofting community where the views are sensational as you can see. There are breathtaking panoramas and golden beaches - and the food is terrific! The MacKay family are part of the history of this community and have put this northerly spot on the culinary map. Kate is passionate about local produce and knows her suppliers well. The restaurant is contemporary and delightfully arty with cobalt glass and fine white linens.


Kylesku Hotel
Kylesku by Lairg

Sutherland
IV27 4HW
Tel:01971 502 231
Kylesku Hotel
Comments
This was originally an old coaching inn dating as far back as the 1680's and adjacent to the ferry crossing over the sea lochs north of Lochinver. Although there is something for everyone seafood is definitely the star of the show here. Most is landed on the doorstep and all the food has its provenance clearly stated with local suppliers and producers given just praise from the kitchen. The food is superb and the views match. Although steeped in history the interior design is highly contemporary and most attractive.


Region: Thurso



Forss House Hotel
Forss

Thurso
KW14 7XY
Tel:01847 861201
Forss House Hotel
Comments
Once the family home of an intriguing adventurer it makes the perfect country house hotel retreat. It still has many original features and trophies from its past and is a listed building. It has a wonderful atmosphere that makes you feel very welcome and the menus are testament to the finest produce of the region skilfully prepared. A special place to savour.


Region: Tongue



Rhian Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Tongue
IV27 4XJ
Tel:01847 611257
Rhian Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Comments
This idyllic B&B is a perfect place to locate when exploring this magical landscape. Regular users of my guide will know I only review B&Bs when I happen upon them and this one came recommended and did not disappoint. Formerly a gamekeeper's cottage set in 20 acres, the breakfast is traditional with local butcher sausages and their own eggs, all freshly cooked to order and deliciious. There is a dresser with compotes and cereals and of course porridge on offer too.


Tongue Hotel

Tongue
IV27 4XD
Tel:01847 611206
Tongue Hotel
Comments
This delightful former shooting lodge is a relaxing place to tarry awhile and experience the stunning scenery of Sutherland - high cliffs, dramatic skies, sensitive flora and fauna...nature at its best. Both upstairs in the lovely dining room and downstairs in the bistro there is a great range of local produce on the menus such as the fragrant bowl of mussels I tucked into. A lovely place with a great reputation.


Region: Ullapool



Ceilidh Place
14 West Argyle Street

Ullapool
IV26 2TY
Tel:01854 612 103
Ceilidh Place
Comments
Refreshingly different and always good The Ceilidh Place is an institution in Ullapool, indeed Scotland. It started out as a cafe in a boatshed in 1970 and from the beginning was environmental, local and convivial. It shines as a great meeting place for young and young at heart with its energy-giving mix of food, literature (book shop) and music - indeed where arts and joie de vivre meet great local food. It is always popular, informal ...and delicious! Also with accommodation so you are sorted!