The Three Chimneys & The House Over-By
“Excellent regional cuisine in the wildest of locations” - AA Inspector
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An iconic pilgrimage for foodies over the past four decades, this remote whitewashed cottage restaurant with rooms continues to make an indelible mark on Skye’s local economy as well as its wider gastronomic reputation. This is easily one of the UK’s wildest restaurant locations, particularly in winter, although the accommodation in The House Over-By next door (complete with views across Loch Dunvegan) factors in the fact diners are unlikely to be going far after a meal in this secluded spot. After all, it’s an hour from the Skye Bridge, with the last five miles or so by a single track road. A warren of small rooms with low ceilings, the restaurant’s polished dark wood floors and tables are offset by exposed stone walls and black slate place mats. Service from the friendly front-of-house team is professional and fine-tuned. The food from Welshman Scott Davies is firmly rooted in its island environment, particularly seafood from nearby waters. Loch Dunvegan provides a bountiful supply of langoustine, which might end up on the menu scorched and paired with cauliflower pannacotta and pickles. A meal could begin with dressed scallop, Jerusalem artichoke, apple and herbs or a simple plate of local oysters. A second course of devilled pigeon pie with Nordic mustard and gherkin might lead on to a main course of Black Isle beef, parsley and onions or precisely cooked Gigha halibut with asparagus and mussel butter sauce. Other fish options include North Sea cod with nettle and pistachio pesto, bbq lettuce, squid and brown shrimp. The impeccable standard continues through to desserts, with chocolate custard, mint, pistachios and crumble or Crowdie cheesecake, rhubarb, yogurt, gorse and lemon curd. Alternatively, round things off with a carefully curated selection of five cheeses served with oatcakes, quince, honey and cucumber relish.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.15
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 17
- Cuisine style: Scottish, Nordic Influence
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About the area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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