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Fine dining in the Scottish Highlands

Our pick of the region’s AA Rosette restaurants

The best Highland restaurants

The Scottish Highlands are renowned for their rugged beauty, spectacular coastlines and sparkling lochs. But this diverse landscape isn’t just visually beautiful – it also produces world-class ingredients that form the backbone of the region’s rich culinary offering.

Here’s our pick of the Highland’s best restaurants, all with at least two AA Rosettes.

Dining Room, Tain

Glenmorangie House is renowned for its eponymous whisky ­– its Dining Room is equally special in its homage to its beautiful Highland surroundings. Expect a modern approach to Scottish cuisine, teaming up prime local ingredients with a resourceful and creative cooking.

Duisdale House Hotel, Isleornsay

Situated on the Isle of Skye’s southern tip, Duisdale House Hotel’s delicious cooking is served up alongside spectacular views. The two-AA Rosette restaurant sources only the best ingredients from Skye’s larder, serving up dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes.

Edinbane Lodge, Edinbane

This historic property on the Isle of Skye creates dishes with ingredients that are supplied by family and friends who farm the land and fish the waters all around the island. Experience a memorable culinary exploration, enjoyed in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Kilcamb Lodge Hotel, Strontian

Standing on the shore of Loch Sunart, the striking views from this boutique hideaway paint an unforgettable backdrop to its outstanding 3-AA Rosette dining. The restaurant specialises in delivering exceptionally fresh seafood, served in comfortable surroundings.

Loch Bay Restaurant, Stein

Occupying a magical setting in a row of 18th-century lochside fishing cottages, Loch Bay is a cosy and unpretentious 16-seater seafood restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team Michael and Laurence Smith. Choose the ‘Skye Fruits de Mer’ set menu for a beautiful showcase of top-class local ingredients.

Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle, Fort William

This grand baronial castle at the foot of Ben Nevis hosts a culinary experience to savour, with Michel Roux Jr taking the helm of the kitchen. The setting is intimate yet formal, with the high ceilings and crystal chandeliers creating a real sense of history and opulence.

Rocpool, Inverness

Located in the centre of Inverness, Rocpool uses local ingredients to serve fresh-tasting food that is inspired by flavours from around the world. The place has a real brasserie feel – the sharp, contemporary design combined with eye-catching views of the ancient castle adds to thrill of eating here.

The Three Chimneys & The House Over-By, Colbost

This remote whitewashed cottage restaurant has become an iconic pilgrimage for foodies over the past four decades. The food from Welshman Scott Davies is firmly rooted in its island environment, and is lovingly created with the finest techniques of ancient Nordic and haute Scottish cuisine.

The Torridon 1887 Restaurant, Torridon

Part of the Victorian Earl of Lovelace’s turreted former shooting lodge, this restaurant gets its name from the year it was built. The setting exudes contemporary elegance – chef Paul Green and his team offer innovative British cuisine, underpinned by the motto ‘from field to fork’.

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