From the Mega-Adventurous to the Classiest, Here’s the Best in Dining and Drinking in Scotland
For those who enjoy being outdoors and away from it all, the Old Forge pub on Knoydart Peninsula might be exactly what you are looking for. There are three routes to this tucked-away pub: a three day hike stating at Fort William via Glenfinnan, a one day hike from the town of Kinlochhourn that is farther in, or even shorter, a forty minute ferry ride from Mallaig. There are no cell towers on Knoydart Peninsula, so there is no cell reception, and no internet service, either. This adds to the charm of the Old Forge pub and to the rest of the Peninsula, as well. It’s often touted as Scotland’s last frontier. The people there are extremely friendly, and the pub is no different. For more authentic Scottish cuisine while you’re on Knoydart Peninsula, try the Doune Dining Room. All of the menu items are created using only local items so everything is extremely fresh.
For fine dining establishments and authentic Scottish pubs that are comfortably closer to civilization, there are three that are must-visits. They are the Castle Terrace Restaurant, the Glenapp Castle Hotel, and the Stravaigin.
Castle Terrace Restaurant, which is located under Edinburgh Castle, is an excellent option. Its motto is ‘from nature to plate’ and ensures the freshest quality in all of Chef Patron Dominic Jack’s creations. The restaurant has many awards, including a Michelin star. Private dining is also always available for guests who request this in advance.
Glenapp Castle Hotel is located in Ayrshire, Scotland and features a wonderful restaurant. All lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner menu items are always tailored to fit special dietary needs by Head Chef Matt Worswick. For those who are exercise-minded or who simply love nature, a walk in the castle gardens is a must-do activity.
Stravaigin is located in Glasgow and was awarded three distinct awards in 2012. Guests are treated to strange food and delectable wines from all over the world, and the menu is constantly changing. Stravaigin’s motto is to ‘think global eat local.’
Remember to take your camera and your appetite, and if you wake in the morning with a hangover, try the national cure, Irn-Bru!