If you don't know what a Michelin-star award is, then let us fill you in - it's basically an award given to the crème de la crème of restaurants (excuse the foodie pun). The Michelin rating system can award restaurants 1-3 stars based on their food which follows the below five criteria:
1. The quality of the products
2. The mastery of flavour and cooking
3. The 'personality' of the cuisine
4. The consistency between visits
5. The value for money
For many chefs, it's the most sought-after honour, and is widely regarded as the hallmark of fine dining. With incredible produce and extraordinary culinary talents in Scotland's kitchens, it's no surprise that a number of Scotland's finest eateries are annually awarded the prestigious accolade.
Scotland's Michelin-star restaurants
For a gastronomic experience to remember, book a table at one of Scotland's Michelin-star restaurants. Pick from nine eateries in superb locations; from four one Michelin-star restaurants in Edinburgh, to two Michelin-star dining in Perthshire, to the UK's most northerly Michelin-star restaurant, set within a rugged Highland landscape.
Explore Perthshire's culinary delights
Recently awarded 'Scotland's Food Town of the Year' by the Scottish Food Awards & Academy, it's no wonder that people keep coming back to sample some of Perthshire's culinary delights. From learning to cook authentic dishes from scratch, to whisky and chocolate tastings, there are a whole array of foodie experiences to whet your appetite.
Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
Enjoy a fine dining experience like no other at Scotland's only two Michelin-starred restaurant. Tucked away behind a discreet private entrance at Gleneagles Hotel, soak up the beautiful and tranquil atmosphere while enjoying the very best in French and Scottish cuisine. Taste one of the Chef's favourites or why not try the smoked lobster? It's one of the restaurant's most famous signature dishes with its intense smokiness coming from a five-hour infusion served over whisky barrel chips.
Dine out at some of the capital's best Michelin-Star Restaurants
Renowned for its thriving food scene and home to four one-star Michelin restaurants, Edinburgh truly gives visitors a real flavour when it comes to food and drink experiences. Whether you are looking to try something new or try a traditional Scottish dish with a twist, Edinburgh has got you covered.
Number One, Edinburgh
Experience world-class service at the Number One Restaurant at The Balmoral Hotel. Feel like an A-Lister as you dine in luxurious surroundings while tucking into the very best of Head Chef Mark Donald's Michelin-star food. Choose from a wide variety of dishes including North Sea Cod and Roast Langoustine with all of the dishes inspired by Scotland and flavoured by the team's travels across the globe.
The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Awarded a Michelin Star in 2007, have the ultimate dining experience at The Kitchin which showcases the very best of Scotland's natural larder. Enjoy high quality dishes inspired by the restaurant's philosophy 'From Nature to Plate' which reflects Michelin star chef Tom's passion for putting his own Scottish twist to some classic recipes. Sample some of the A La Carte favourites for each season including hand-dived Orkney Scallops, Terrine of Highland Venison, or Roasted Fillet of North Sea Turbot. If you have room for dessert, why not try the Calvados crepe filled with apple mousse, accompanied with Granny Smith apple sorbet?
Recently awarded one Michelin Star, Condita boasts an intimate dining experience featuring a surprise five or eight course tasting menu. Located just south of the city centre on Salisbury Place, delve into a variety of delicious dishes alongside an array of wines to compliment, most of which are organic. Afterwards, induldge in a couple of malt whiskies as well as cafetiere coffee or mint tea.
Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
Let your taste buds be blown away at Restaurant Martin Wishart. Situated on the Shore overlooking the Water of Leith, the Michelin restaurant brings the very best of Scottish and French cuisine to life from its seasonal menus. If you're a lover of seafood, you will certainly not want to miss the opportunity to sample the fish, shellfish and crustacean tasting menu, and for those who have a sweet tooth, why not try the bramley apple souffle or lemon bergamot cremeux?
Tuck into the Highlands best regional produce
Not only does the Highlands boast breathtaking scenery but it is also home to a fantastic food and drink offering. From Angus beef and venison, to local fresh seafood, let your taste buds go wild as you sample some of the very best Highland produce on offer.
Loch Bay Restaurant, Stein, Isle of Skye
Expect a warm and friendly welcome as you taste some of the Highlands culinary delights at the Loch Bay Restaurant. Enjoy both traditional Scottish Highland cuisine as well as more diverse menus, all with a gourmet twist. Treat yourself to a nice lunch with dishes including Fish Bay Soup and Highland Wood Pigeon or put on your glad rags as you sample a 'taste of the Highlands' from its evening menus.
Isle of Eriska Hotel, near Oban
Boasting an impressive barional mansion exterior and located on a private island off the west coast of Scotland - you don't get more prestigious than the Isle of Eriska. Featuring a hotel, spa and island of it's own, there's a certain magic to the area. Enjoy fine dining, with spectacular views of the surrounding estate, as you tuck in to a gourmet experience with an exquiste A La Carte 3 course menu.
Sample Fife's best servings
Whether you're looking for a spectacular setting for your fine dining experience or somewhere that's slightly more remote, Fife has all the right ingredients! The region is home to two of the most exclusive Michelin-Star dining experiences with a range of mouth-watering dishes to tantalise your taste buds.
Peat Inn, near St Andrews, Fife
Enjoy a night of outstanding food and drink at one of Scotland's most prestigious restaurants. Having worked in several distinguished kitchens around the world, Michelin Star Chef Geoffrey Smeddle's travels have inspired him to create some truly inspirational dishes. Indulge in real luxury dining with the restaurant's extensive dinner menu where you will be spoiled for choice with dishes including Scotch beef ribeye roast rack & braised flank of lamb with potato and herb gnocchi. If you've still got room left for pudding, why not try the Peat Inn's signature dessert 'From Bean to Bar', a rich dark chocolate, blackcurrant mousse with blackcurrant and tarragon sorbet on the side?
The Cellar, Anstruther, Fife
For those who are looking for a touch of class and sophistication to add to their fine dining experience, why not try The Cellar? With its tasting menu inspired by seasonal Scottish produce and local ingredients, the team work passionately to showcase the country's wonderful food and drink offerings from across the regions. If you're going for a fancy lunch with friends and family, why not try the Smoked Mussel or North Sea Cod?
Taste some traditional Scottish dishes at Braidwoods
Get a taste of what Ayrshire has to offer and you will find generous portions of hearty, home-style food served up in a friendly atmosphere. The region has a wide range of 4-star hotels with a la carte restaurants to bars, bistros and gastropubs as well as using fresh quality produce in their recipes. So, loosen up your belt and eat until your heart's content.
Braidwoods, Dalry, Ayrshire
Nicknamed the 'Master Chefs of Great Britain,' husband and wife Keith and Nicola Braidwood bring a wealth of experience to the kitchen by cooking up a storm with their homemade recipes. Having worked in the hospitality industry for many years and winning numerous accolades, the Braidwood's add a creative flair to their staple dishes, helping to encapsulate the true essence of Scottish cuisine. Whatever time of year you are visiting Braidwoods, come in hungry and leave happy!