Sometimes you need insider knowledge to find the best places to eat and drink.
Scotland’s natural larder can comfortably hold its own when matched against the country’s spectacular scenery as a top reason to visit Scotland.
We love our home grown produce, from fresh fish and shellfish to premium beef, lamb, wild game, fresh fruit and vegetables. There’s always a plentiful supply of local ingredients available if you fancy cooking up a storm in one of our hostel kitchens.
If you’re pushed for time or simply fancy a night off cooking but don’t know where to go, it’s always good to get some local knowledge.
To help steer you in the right direction we asked our teams across the country for their thoughts on the best places to enjoy a perfect slice of Scottish fare, from fine dining restaurants to chip shops and everything between:
The Laroch Bar and Restaurant, Ballachulish
A short drive from Glencoe Youth Hostel, the Laroch offers a ‘Highland dining experience not to be missed’.
Fresh Scottish produce lovingly prepared by a Michelin Star chef, served in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Advance booking is recommended and they will cater for vegans if given notice.
The Seafood Shack, Ullapool
Established by local lassies Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick in 2016, the Seafood Shack is a high quality takeaway serving beautifully cooked seafood that has been caught and landed locally and bought straight from the fisherman. The pair have already been reeling in the awards with 2017 accolades including Scottish Food Awards “Speciality Outlet of the Year” and "Highly Recommended Seafood Bar" and “Best Street Food” at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.
The Shilling Brewing Co, Glasgow
Great value for money if you’re looking for a casual night out in the city. This bar offers a fantastic range of craft beers and gin, friendly service and some of the best pizzas in Glasgow. Try the haggis pizza, served with the Irn Bru and chilli jam crust dipper, lovely!
Caberfeidh Gastro Pub, Lochinver
Located in Lochinver, close to our Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel, the Caberfeidh Gastro Pub serves up amazing seafood dishes in a pub setting. From ludicrously good langoustines to enormous beer battered cod goujons and grilled goat’s cheese with red onion marmalade, ignore the rustic feel of the interior and enjoy Scottish seafood at its best!
Café Fish, Tobermory
Fresh local seafood and shellfish in a relaxed atmosphere as you watch the sun sink over the harbour. As the menu points out ‘the only things frozen are our fishermen’. Book ahead, especially if you want that harbour view!
The Auld Smiddy Inn, Pitlochry
Set in a former blacksmith’s forge, the Auld Smiddy Inn serves locally sourced, wholesome Scottish fare and a range of Scottish beers from the Inveralmond Brewery in nearby Perth. The traditional Scotch egg starter, with a black pudding and sausage surround with a hollandaise style sauce is not to be missed.
These are only a few examples of the many fine eateries that have set up across the country, putting their own twist on traditional Scottish cuisine. We hope you find the suggestions helpful and you enjoy discovering the true taste of Scotland for yourself.