/ High quality restaurants or gastropubs in the Highlands?
I thought a better idea might be to make a day of it on Sunday; take a drive up north, maybe go for an easy walk or see some visitor attraction, then get lunch or dinner in a good restaurant or gastropub. It's the last bit I'm stuck on, as it's easy to find reviews on places in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Abderdenn and so on but not so much out in the styx. I've read in various broadsheets that there are old drovers inn's and so on that serve Michelin-aspirational food in spectacular settings, but can't recall the names. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations or had heard of any? I'd be willing to drive for up to about 2 hours from Glasgow, west or east coast, doesn't matter.
The main thing is I'm talking good food cooked by a chef, not a microwaved shepherd's pie and chips (I would like to keep my testicles attached to my body...) This idea may get veto'd, but brownie points for trying are always good. ;) Any recommendations gratefully received.
The Crannog at Fort William is quite nice. Not too expensive.
Pity the Ben Fong shut down - you don't get any more romantic than chips in bus shelter, in the rain. :)
I've not been there for a few years, but the Creggans Inn at Strachur (on Loch Fyne) used to be a favourite of mine. Great bar food and the restaurant was exceptional. The Loch Fyne Oyster Bar isn't too far away, and Fyne Ales (Cairndow) is just along the road too - well worth a visit if you like your beer.
Hill-wise, it's handy for the Arrochar Alps.
If you fancy this idea, make sure to check that the Rest and Be Thankful road is open, as it's been closed a fair bit recently because of land slides.
This'll be a bit out of your way, but does look lovely, maybe more of a long weekend destination:
The greasy spoon trucker's caff on the southern edge of Newtonmore is cheap and good quality, and last time I was there they had Cairngorm Tradewinds on tap. Fantastic! Perhaps your girlfriend would disagree... :-)
The Three Chimneys is a good hour from Kyleakin...
The Lime Tree in Fort William has been good whenever I've been there:
It not the Highlands but not central belt either, but the Kirkstyle Inn at Dunning, just short of Perth is really good. You'll need to book though.
A couple of other options that aren't quite in the Highlands but are a bit closer to home are the Barley Bree in Muthill and Yann's, in Crieff. You could walk up Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroinn, or Ben Chonzie, or even Auchnafree Hill, and then go on to Delivino in Crieff. for ace cake, and then on to one of the restaurants. Or just head to The Lounge in Crieff after your walk and have a very chilled evening.
I was going to suggest the Applecross Inn until I noticed the 2 hour restriction.
The seafood place on the north side of Loch Leven is meant to be very good...
Making me hungry checking out these menus. Not spoken to the missus about it yet however, fingers crossed she fancies it!
I had a great dinner at the Crianlarich Hotel last month which is less than 2 hours away from you.
Let us know where you end up because I want to eat my way around Scotland ! It's been great reading people's recommendations ......
So watch this space.
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