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 renowned CHEESEBOARD can be seen on the Cheese Map link on Scottish Cheese Trail.
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. Photo credit:Albannach
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. Photo credit: Albannach
Catering in Scotland Excellence Award for Sustainable Business 2016, this fabulous seafood restaurant in the renovated old Scabster Ice House and salmon bothy right by the pier has certainly put Scrabster on the map.
An exponent of Slow Food Principles, Jim and his wife Mary have brought great food to these most northern shores. Whenever possible they source their fresh produce within a 50-mile radius of the restaurant.
He visits the fish market to select the best sustainable seafood and goes to great lengths to be as environmental as possible, and inspires others to do so too. There is usually something for the carnivores too! See also Seafood Bar entry further down page. Please telephone to book.
Home of the Cheese Pantry and Café at Connage where they make a range of fine cheeses on their family farm. You can visit their beautiful shop and relax with home baking in their lovely cafe. More details on their cheeses in the Scottish Cheese Trail section.
The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum’s Ambassador of the Year 2015. Multi award winning cheeses handcrafted from organic milk produced on the family farm by Ardersier. In 2013 it was named one of top ten cheeses in Britain.
There are events throughout the season so check their website for details.........also seen on Hairy Bikers Programme! Supplier to the 2012 Olympic Games Competitors Village and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.
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.
A relatively small, couthy informal dining room. Always popular and very convivial.
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. Photo credit: Rothiemurchus Estate
Of modern design, overlooking the bay, this hotel on the outskirts of Kirkwall has a great reputation for dining. 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 start with beremeal bannock and 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.
The stylish interior complete with amazing seascape tapestries designed locally, plus its panoramic windows, make for a memorable dining experience with sea views to match. The bedrooms are also impeccably designed and a pleasure to stay in.
Currently closed for refurbishment.
Beautiful home on the shores of Loch Duich where you can enjoy imaginative dinners in their conservatory restaurant. The views of the loch and birdlife flitting around are really special. Further update when available.
Liz also offers a very useful range of courses from REHIS Food Hygiene to Drinks Licensing, Health and Safety. A handy person to know so here is her link too for further information. www.tkmtraining.co.uk.
Jim and Mary Cowie have just (April 2017) opened a wonderful Seafood Bar adjacent to their Captain's Galley serving a mouth watering range of informal seafood dishes - bouillibaise and fishcakes; bowls of steaming mussels and Nordic salt cod.
Delve into a bowlfull before taking the ferry or tarry awhile and enjoy a full meal in the semi al fresco surroundings of their lovely glazed verandah overlooking the harbour where your seafood is landed.
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. Photo credit: Lovat
An exceptional hotel with lots of character on the outskirts of Kirkwall adjacent to Highland Park Distillery. This family owned hotel offers graceful bedrooms furnished with beautiful antiques, complete with books on local history and a wonderful country house feeling throughout. The en suite bathrooms are top notch and stunningly contemporary.
There are several public rooms, all very inviting with attractive furninshings, a grand piano, whisky cabinets and the famous Orkney chairs in the hall.
Evening dinner menus offer a host of local produceexpertly cooked: from scallops to monkfish; beef to the famous North Ronaldsay lamb, and a delicious choice of desserts. Breakfasts are mouthwatering too with local butchers produce, a lovely buffet and a good range of options. A great place to stay when visiting Orkney and all it has to offer.
Catering in Scotland Excellence Award Independent Hotel of the Year 2016 and CiS Finalist for Sustainable Business Award 2016. 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.
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!
Winner of Most Hospitable Hotel, Thistle Awards 2017 (photo)
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. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
The oldest inn on Skye dating from 1790 - and 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; superb freshly landed seafood, and friendly hosts will make your visit memorable for all the right reasons. It makes you proud to be Scots! They are keen supporters of local food groups and also the Green Tourism Business Scheme. You can opt for a light bite to eat or a full 3 course evening meal - it is always a popular haunt.
In addition to their lovely accommodation above the inn, where they have 5 pretty rooms, 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. Photo credit: Stein Inn.
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. The family heirlooms, delightful meals and the personal attention give Viewfield a unique feel - you truly get an experience of this wonderful isle and its people.
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. There is also a lovely self catering cottage available in the grounds. Click on their link for a useful wee film on you tube. It's a super place. Photo credit: Viewfield.
Also known as the home of Isle of Lewis Cheese Company, Dave & Jane run a super B&B on their Croft, where they also grow much of their own produce, just a short drive from the island's capital. Why would you want to stay in Stornoway when you can enjoy a taste of crofting life instead!
They rear hens and of course their goats play a starring role too. The bedrooms are pretty and comfortable. Breakfast is served in their croft kitchen with panoramic views to the shore. Isle of Lewis Cheese is recommended on Scottish Cheese Trail.
Applecross is quite extraordinary! The road is awesome! Even in summer you can see flecks of snow on the moors as you drive up, 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 Their cheeseboard is always 100% Scottish including the butter and oatcakes, and they make their own Applecross Ice creams. Winners of several awards for their food and hospitality.
Excellent food at this hotel 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.
Built by George, 4th Earl of Caithness, with a long 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, renaming it Castle of Mey. She had many happy years here and adored the gardens she restored to glory, now enjoyed by visitors who flock to this most northerly mainland castle. There is a lovely restaurant with natural wood beams and a delightful atmosphere. Menus are brimming with local produce, much of it from their beautiful and bountiful gardens - potatoes, cucumbers, fruits and berries, onions for chutneys and cabbages for coleslaw; beef from the home farm and honey from hives. There are also fragrant rose gardens and walls with honeysuckle. Perfect for lunch, but only through seasonal opening so telephone to check. No e mail.
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. Catering in Scotland Excellence Award Finaist for Group Hotel of Year Award 2015.
Bistro in the heart of the village of Gairloch with a lovely range of menu options and 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.
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!!
Delightful country house setting with charming hosts on the outskirts of Inverness adjacent to Loch Ness Golf Course (not sure if Nessie plays golf?). Beautiful gardens. Accommodation on B&B basis only.
This has long been known among the fishing fraternity and is an ideal place to break the journey from Edinburgh to Skye. Refurbished and restored it is stylish and comfortable, modern yet not losing its gracious character. Inviting menus offer tasty options for residents and 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.
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.
The Judith Glue shop opposite St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is famous for its colours and hues, its crafts and its flamboyance. Originally for her own Orkney knitwear designs - and now it has a cafe too, serving light meals, soups and cakes. It is positively buzzing with locals and tourists. Within the shop she also has a great range of local produce, from beremeal bannocks to Orkney fudge.
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 perfect place to have another Orkney ice cream too!
A romantic highland hotel where Chef takes advantage of the wonderful ingredients on his doorstep to create delicious dishes. This is a popular destination for both an intimate dinner and a full blown wedding party! The couple have sensitively restored this lovely home and also own Toravaig House Hotel, also on Sleat, and have recently started to tackle Skeabost Hotel, up nearer Portree. I look forward to seeing that transformation on my next visit to Skye. Winner of Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards 2015 Independent Hotel of the Year Award.
This delightful spot has long held a great reputation for seafood and now home to Chef Patron Michael Smith's inspired cuisine where he has been awarded a Michellin Star. Scottish dishes with French influence and Skye produce. Sounds good to me! No e mail address.
Just beside Stein Inn, the oldest Inn on Skye and another wonderful place in this tiny hamlet - a must on any visit to Skye.
This is the only oyster farm on Skye and offers takeaway seafood goodies from their tiny venue! Estab in the 80s by fisherman Kenny Bain, his son-in-law Paul took over in 2008, opening their farm shop in 2012. You can buy a selection of seafood hot, cold, live or frozen! Range of local game also on offer. This is very unique takeaway indeed!
This very old building by the harbour has a fascinating history. The location gives it exceptional views down by the water's edge. B&B for a while it now has a flourishing bar and restaurant again.
Shirley & Eddie founded Three Chimneys in the 80's and created wonderful award-winning dining, followed, over the years, with imaginative suites at the 'House Over By'. They put a tiny hamlet in the far north of Scotland on the world stage. Now Michellin starred with 5* accommodation, they still play an active role along with their valued team. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
Beautifully restored mill, it was a meal and barley mill from 1855 until early 1900s, then used as a butchery and tannery before falling into dereliction in the middle of the 20th century. Now thriving once again as a lovely art gallery with many Shetland and Nordic crafts to tempt you! Downstairs is a lovely cafe with wonderful home baking - these cakes were straight from the oven and superb. Locals told us 'best cakes on the island' and I believe them! Served by Angela's daughter so quite the family affair. A must whenever on Shetland and very easy to find.
This friendly informal cafe is a popular haunt with the locals for a morning cuppa, tea time treat or light supper. It opened summer 2016 after a total refurbishment and transformation and is a welcome addition to this pretty village that didn't have a cafe before. On the waterfront, it has lovely views over the harbour and has been beautifully restored. Upstairs are several rooms: spotless and comfortable. The food is simple, breakfast very good and the welcome warm. Before you leave be sure to visit the wonderful knitwear shop next door too!
This Master Baker moved to Yell and, along with his wife, renovated a croft, and set up the bakery, a craft he knows well from his previous bakery down south. In addition to a traditional range he makes Lamb bridies, reflecting the local food culture of Shetland. His breads are traditionally fermented and hand moulded and along with his pies are delivered across the isles. He uses no additives or preservatives and all his dairy ingredients and free range eggs are sourced locally. Available at many local shops including Scoop (deli section of Scottish Food Guide). No e mail address at present so please telephone instead
This is a wonderful hotel on the waterfront in the pretty village of Scalloway, only 15 minutes drive from Lerwick and a perfect place to base yourself whilst on Shetland. Family run with really friendly staff we were made very welcome and had a super time. There is informal dining in the lounge bar and fine dining in the dining room where the superb breakfast is also served. Whatever the meal, it is brimming with local produce and seafood straight from the fishing boats landing at the pier, perfectly cooked. Delicious Native Shetland Lamb (Slow Food Ark of Taste) is also on the menu. Rooms are upstairs over two floors and really beautiful.
A special place in the heart of Monarch country. 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 is very old with a fascinating history and inside is light, contemporary and designed to a very high standard. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
This very special place is accessed by sea! Steeped in history from Pictish Times, through Highland Clearances to modern day. The views and wildlife are stunning and the food matches in excellence.
A very special couple I know went for their honeymoon and tell me it is amazing! Set menu every night, venison the night they ate, from Knoydart. They watched the sun set over Skye and the Cullin Mountains as they ate their dessert (their photo). Amazing was mentioned frequently in their description! Local game, landed seafood and their own garden vegetables - their green credentials are top notch. They will collect you from Mallaig in one of their own boats. 'Cross the water and enter a different world.' Seasonal opening. Can't wait!
Most of the produce for this lovely Speyside restarant is sourced from their Walled Garden, local meats and Scottish cheeseboard. Along with many other products - including their own gin, they sell their own preserves in the farm shop. Open for breakfasts, lunches and bookable afternoon teas. Photo credit: Gordon Castle
The Cawdor Tavern is the heart and soul of this highland village. Friendly staff, open fires, local produce and a great bustling atmosphere. Menus brimming with artisan produce. No accommodation here but good B&Bs nearby and a lovely part of Scotland to visit. Very popular with locals and tourists.
40 North is a combination of dining and takeaway. "Fine Foods from the Croft Kitchen" This started out as a food-to-go with everything home made and eggs from the croft. Now they have added a lovely restaurant named The Verandah, with 20 covers and enticing menus, open for both lunch and dinner. In addition to local seafood and game, their specialty is homemade pizzas - I can highly recommend. The restaurant is delightful, with views over their gardens and boyond, and their attention to detail fantastic.
At the end of an island 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. Farm shop by castle.
Ceann na h-Àirigh, Grimsay’s new community centre, is an excellent community hub with versatile space, regular local produce market, home bakes and teas. With Post Office and café this will always be a place to meet, for functions and events. The centre’s design reflects its past life as a church and the interior is sympathetic and creative.
Currently this charming venue operates with home bakes, teas and coffees, but with a super kitchen and great location it is currently looking for someone to run it as a bistro too. Get in touch if you are skilled in the kitchen and fancy a slice of island life!
A super find overlooking West Loch Tarbert in Ardhasaig on the way down to Tarbert. There is a great range of teas and coffee, cakes and scones, plus a few savoury options including local smoked seafood. Top notch tearoom with super gallery - loads of light in this imaginative new build with panoramic views.
Isle of Harris Distillery is a Social Distillery - owned by the people for the people with locals in employment and a great new asset to Tarbert and indeed all the Outer Isles. Down by the harbourside it has yet to produce its own whisky but does produce Harris Gin. Their eatery, The Canteen, is a lovely place to stop, serving fresh soups, home made pates, seafood and an interesting range of local fare. Good gift shop for souvenirs too.
Isobel & Alan have a really special place here with a great reputation, now established for 30 years (2017). Their menus represent the finest Hebridean produce - seafood comes fresh from boat to hotel kitchen, supplied by local fishermen, Hebridean lamb from the hill and much of their beef from their own fold of Highland Cattle, raised on the croft. Their establishment has gradually extended into a 9 bedroom hotel and their restaurant has stunning views as you can see.
Idyllic location overlooking Taransay Island, Scarista House has a fine reputation for local, and where possible organic, specialties. They pride themselves on Slow Food principles and have one of Scotland's most stunning and deserted sandy beaches on their doorstep! The awsome scenery is matched by the meals: Harris Minch Languistine Bisque; home baked breads, Isle of Lewis Goat's Cheese Caramelised Red Onion Tart, Stornoway landed seafood; finest beef and mouth-watering desserts.
20 years young (2017) in the heart of Benbecula, this family business offers not only a super restaurant brimming with local produce but also a hub for the island community where folk can meet over a coffee with delicious bakes and fine local seafood. The brothers have created a very special place near their renowned sister company MacLean’s Bakery. The Taste of Uist Dinner they hosted during https://www.toradh.org was a meal to remember - a superb banquet of local produce.
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.
What a great find! On the sometimes challenging A832 with hairpin bends and stupendous views you will spot 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 used for all her service. Home bakes and light meals available - delicious cakes and locally caught shellfish straight from the creels; smoked salmon and local cheese. No longer Maggie's, this croft will always be known as such by locals as Maggie is fondly remembered for her warmth and helpfulness to her neighbours. No e mail address so please call to check opening hours thank you.
Idyllic setting, overlooking the Summer Isles. Exclusive, dishes are prepared immaculately by award-winning chef. The Summer Isles has long been regarded as destination dining and is famous for its Signature Taster Menu. 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.
Small gourmet chocolate enterprise in the far north packs a big punch. Winner Scotland of Food and Drink Excellence Award for Food Tourism in 2009. They are 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, once part of the Ministry of Defence Early Warning System and now a colourful community of artists, families and of course chocolate! The lovely cafe has outside summer seating and is very popular.