Travelling to Scotland’s islands is always a special occasion, and what better way to celebrate than a meal at an inviting Scottish restaurant. Round off a busy day of walking, touring or sightseeing with some fabulous local cuisine.
1. Ninth Wave, Mull
Ninth Wave takes its name from Celtic mythology, in which the ‘land of other-worldly delights’ lies beyond the ninth wave. Expect spectacular fresh seafood and organic Mull meats served by a husband & wife team in a beautifully renovated 200-year-old crofter’s bothy.
2. Highland Cottage, Mull
This award-winning hotel in Tobermory, Mull, has 2 AA Rosettes for Food and an RAC Blue Ribbon Award. Family run to the highest standards, this is a great place to stay if you are exploring Mull.
3. The Colonsay Pantry, Colonsay
Enjoy seafood straight from the boat onto your plate! The Colonsay Pantry is located right beside the pier on the Hebridean Isle of Colonsay, with stunning views looking out over the local hills and across to the Isle of Jura. Choose to dine al fresco, or unwind in the warmth and comfort of the dining room.
4. Colonsay Hotel & Restaurant, Colonsay
This relaxed and informal restaurant has harbour views and a woodburning stove. Dining at the Colonsay Hotel Restaurant is a simple and delicious affair. You can look forward to freshly baked bread, soups, seafood platters, and steak & Colonsay ale pie.
5. Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant, Skye
This legendary Skye restaurant promises fish simply cooked without being spoilt by over complication. Everything on offer is prepared in-house apart from the cheese and ice cream.
6. The Three Chimneys, Skye
One of Scotland’s most iconic restaurants with rooms, The Three Chimneys is perfect for a special occasion. Nestled on the shores of Loch Dunvegan with the dramatic backdrop of the Duirinish peninsula of Skye, the restaurant prides itself in sourcing the highest quality local produce.
7. The Foveran Restaurant, Orkney
Four time winner of the Orkney Food & Drink ‘Best Evening Meal’ award, The Foveran Restaurant offers visitors the finest Orkney produce whilst enjoying stunning sea views across historic Scapa Flow, only 3 miles from the island’s capital, Kirkwall.
8. Birsay Bay Tearoom, Orkney
This modern tearoom serves light lunches and snacks throughout the day. Situated on the northerly tip of mainland Orkney, it has panoramic views overlooking the Brough of Birsay and towards Marwick Head, some of Orkney’s finest natural sights.
9. The Stag’s Pavillion, Arran
The Stag’s Pavilion restaurant is opposite the golf course in Lochranza on the north side of Arran. Run by a husband & wife team, the restaurant offers traditional home cooked food with a continental flair, all freshly prepared. Look out for deer roaming the valley outside.
10. Cruize, Arran
Cruize is a stylish and modern glass galleried bar brasserie with comfy couches, fireplace and an outside terrace. Great for families, you’ll find laid-back dining with a menu combining traditional favourites with innovative new dishes. There’s also a fantastic children’s menu.
11. Uig Sands Restaurant, Lewis
Uig Sands has world-class views and food to match. The focus is on local fish and shellfish but you’ll also find good vegetarian and vegan options. Bookings are essential at this bright, light and open restaurant in the Hebrides.
12. Wobbly Dog of Lewis, Lewis
This dog friendly shop and café can be found in Lionel at the most northerly point of the Isle of Lewis. Serving coffee, tea, homemade cakes, bacon rolls, soup, cold drinks and snacks, they also have a range of unique local craft items and Scottish antiques and collectibles.
13. No 88 Kitchen and Bar, Shetland
Shetland is famous for its natural larder and this restaurant aims to showcase local seafood and meats at their best. The menu is awash with produce from local suppliers and a creative approach to cooking means this is a must-visit.
14. Fjarå Café Bar, Shetland
Fjarå Café Bar prides itself in providing bistro style food using the best local produce Shetland has to offer. Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a light snack or a sweet treat, this Lerwick café and restaurant is too good to miss.
15. Peatzeria, Islay
Looking for pizza on Islay? Look no further! This Bowmore restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients such as Islay lobster and Islay scallops – and they’re all on top of a pizza. Located on the seafront, you can enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining here.
16. Port Charlotte Hotel Restaurant, Islay
This beachside hotel has a cosy bar, elegant dining room, bright and airy conservatory and spacious terrace overlooking the bay, all of which are open to non-residents to enjoy fine dining, bistro-style meals and lunches, as well as fine wines, ales and whiskies.
17. The Machrie, Islay
Making the most of the freshest Scottish produce, The Machrie restaurant and bar, 18, offers delicious food alongside a world class golf course. Taking inspiration from the land, sea and air, you’ll enjoy a relaxed and informal dining experience with panoramic views.
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