Where to eat and drink in Scotland
Looking for some fantastic dining out opportunities in Scotland? Our handy eating and drinking guide divulges the best bars, restaurants, pubs and cafés to visit during your stay.
While on holiday in the country, you will find a wealth of incredible places to eat in Scotland. Whether you are looking for a plate of haggis complete with neeps and tatties, a succulent Aberdeen Angus steak, a dram of single malt whiskey, or even a deep-friend mars bar, you are sure to find something to your taste.
For fine dining, visit one of twelve Michelin starred restaurants in Scotland. Loch Bay Restaurant, based in Stein on the Isle of Skye, is one such venue. Placing an emphasis on simple, local food without any pretentiousness, the restaurant provides a menu full of traditional Scottish fare with a French twist, specialising in fresh local seafood, such as hand-dived scallops, cullen skink, and Loch Bay Bouillabaisse.
If you are looking to experience history and heritage while enjoying a pint and a good meal, look no further than the many authentic pubs in Scotland. Established in 1610, The Globe Inn is thought to be the oldest pub in Dumfries and is famous for being the favourite ‘howff’ of national treasure Robert Burns. Follow in the footsteps of centuries of weary travellers and stop off at The Moulin Inn near Pitlochry. Established in 1695, the Inn is the perfect spot for respite; recline in front of the stone hearth fire with a pint of Braveheart Ale and plate of hearty food.
You can’t visit the historic country without trying a slice of freshly baked shortbread, visit one of the abundance of tearooms and cafes in Scotland and relax with a warming hot drink and sample a piece of Scottish heritage. The ideal location for this would be Dean’s Café and Bistro in Huntly, the home of Helen Dean’s melt in the mouth shortbread.