Must-see restaurants in Scotland

  • Silver Darling

    Aberdeen

    The Silver Darling (an old Scottish nickname for herring) is the place for a special meal, housed in a former Customs office at the entrance to Aberdeen…

  • Three Chimneys

    Skye

    Halfway between Dunvegan and Waterstein, the Three Chimneys is a superb romantic retreat combining a gourmet restaurant in a candlelit crofter’s cottage…

  • La Vigna

    Southern Scotland

    This long-established local favourite is a great spot, seemingly plucked from some bygone age with its quietly efficient service and classy, welcoming…

  • Lime Tree

    Fort William

    Fort William is not over-endowed with great places to eat, but the restaurant at this small hotel and art gallery has put the UK’s Outdoor Capital on the…

  • Loudon's Café & Bakery

    Edinburgh

    Organic bread and cakes baked on the premises, ethically sourced coffee, daily and weekend newspapers scattered about, even some outdoor tables – what's…

  • Kanpai Sushi

    Edinburgh

    What is arguably Edinburgh's best sushi restaurant impresses with its minimalist interior, fresh, top-quality fish and elegantly presented dishes – the…

  • Hamnavoe Restaurant

    Orkney

    Tucked away off the main street, this Stromness favourite specialises in excellent local seafood in an intimate, cordial atmosphere. There’s always…

  • Moonfish Café

    Aberdeen

    The menu of this funky little eatery hidden on a backstreet concentrates on good-quality Scottish produce but draws its influences from cuisines all…

  • Riverhill Coffee Bar

    Glasgow

    Chain cafes plaster Glasgow's centre, so it's a joy to come across this tiny place, which offers great coffee and hot chocolate as well as delicious…

  • Loch Bay

    Skye

    This cosy farmhouse kitchen of a place, with terracotta tiles and a wood-burning stove, is one of Skye’s most romantic restaurants and was awarded a…

  • Auld Alliance

    Dumfries & Galloway

    Overlooking the heart of town, this restaurant's cuisine is true to its name, which refers to the historic bond between Scotland and France. Local produce…

  • Fishers Bistro

    Leith

    This cosy little restaurant, tucked beneath a 17th-century signal tower, is one of the city's best seafood places. The menu ranges widely in price, from…

  • Designs

    Dumfries & Galloway

    This excellent cafe under a gallery and shop is the best spot in town for a coffee, with cosy wood fittings offset by a garden space out the back. There's…

  • Cafe Sia

    Skye

    Serving everything from eggs Benedict and cappuccino to cocktails and seafood specials, this appealing cafe specialises in wood-fired pizzas (also…

  • Creelers

    Skye

    Broadford has several places to eat but one really stands out: Creelers is a small, bustling restaurant (refurbished in 2018) that serves some of the best…

  • The Shore

    Kirkwall

    This popular harbourside place is a convivial spot with a helpful attitude. It offers high-standard bar meals and excellent evening meals in the…

  • Pierhouse Hotel

    Southern Highlands & Islands

    The excellent restaurant at the Pierhouse Hotel enjoys a view across the water to Lismore, and specialises in local seafood and game. The bar menu also…

  • Musicker

    Southern Highlands & Islands

    This cool little cafe serves Bute's best coffee, alongside a range of home baking, soups and sandwiches with imaginative fillings. It also sells CDs,…

  • Skoon Art Café

    Outer Hebrides

    Set halfway along the Golden Road, this neat little art gallery doubles as an excellent cafe serving delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, cakes and…

  • Restaurant at the Cross

    The Cairngorms

    Housed in a converted watermill, the Cross is one of the finest restaurants in the Highlands. The intimate, low-raftered dining room has an open fire and…

  • Crannog Seafood Restaurant

    Fort William

    The Crannog wins the prize for the best location in town – perched on the Town Pier, giving window-table diners an uninterrupted view down Loch Linnhe…

  • Kilmartin Museum Café

    Southern Highlands & Islands

    The cafe of the Kilmartin House Museum has a lovely conservatory with a view across fields to a prehistoric cairn. Nourishing, delicious, home-style…

  • Taybank

    Highland Perthshire

    Top choice for a sun-kissed pub lunch by the river is the Taybank, a regular meeting place and performance space for folk musicians and a wonderfully…

  • Café 1

    Inverness

    Café 1 is a friendly, appealing bistro with candlelit tables amid elegant blond-wood and wrought-iron decor. There is an international menu based on…

  • Outside Henri of Edinburgh in Stockbridge

    Henri of Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    This spacious French deli-cafe supplies many of Edinburgh’s top restaurants, and boasts some of the best cheese and charcuterie the city has to offer. It…

  • Cavens Arms

    Dumfries & Galloway

    Engaging staff, 10 real ales on tap and a warm, contented buzz make this a legendary Dumfries pub. Generous portions of typical pub nosh backed by a long…

  • Reel

    Kirkwall

    Part music shop, part cafe, the Reel is Kirkwall’s best coffee stop and sits alongside St Magnus Cathedral, bravely putting tables outside at the…

  • Topolabamba

    Glasgow

    Lots of fun and attractively kitted-out in cool Mexican decor – all skulls, figurines and tequila crates – this place brings a real slice of authentic…

  • A'Challtainn

    Glasgow

    Part of the Barras markets' revitalisation, A'Challtainn is upstairs in the Art & Design Centre and is an enticing destination for quality seafood, with…

  • Café Gandolfi

    Glasgow

    In Merchant City, this cafe was once part of the old cheese market. It's been pulling in the punters for years and attracts an interesting mix of die-hard…

  • Drover’s Inn

    Loch Lomond

    Don't miss this low-ceilinged howff (drinking den), just north of Ardlui, with its smoke-blackened stone, kilted bartenders, and walls adorned with moth…

  • The Finnieston

    Glasgow

    A flagship of this increasingly vibrant strip, this gastropub recalls the area's sailing heritage with a cosily romantic below-decks atmosphere and…

  • Twelve Triangles

    Leith

    Tucked away on an unassuming stretch just off Leith Walk, Twelve Triangles is an exceptional (and exceptionally tiny) bakery. Some of the city’s best…

  • Gannet

    Glasgow

    In vogue but not starchy, this jewel of the Finnieston strip offers a cosy wood-panelled ambience and gourmet food that excels on presentation and taste…

  • Left Bank

    Glasgow

    Huge windows fronting the street reveal this outstanding eatery specialising in gastronomic delights and lazy afternoons. Lots of little spaces filled…

  • Hutchesons City Grill

    Glasgow

    This upstairs dining room in a historic Merchant City building has real wow factor with superhigh ceilings, leadlights, ornamental fireplaces and 19th…

  • Cail Bruich

    Glasgow

    In an elegant if rather nondescript dining room, the kitchen here turns out some memorable modern Scottish fare. The forage ethos brings surprising, tangy…

  • Alchemilla

    Glasgow

    The number of quality eating options opening on the Finnieston strip is phenomenal, and this is a fine example. The casual open-kitchen eatery offers…

  • McCune Smith

    Glasgow

    This stellar cafe is named after a University of Glasgow graduate who was a noted abolitionist and the first African American to hold a medical degree…

  • Edinburgh Food Studio

    Edinburgh

    Far from the city centre throng, Edinburgh Food Studio is a tiny unassuming restaurant and ‘food research hub’ dishing up some of the most creative, nerdy…

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