Highlands & west coast of Scotland
We will be driving around the Highlands and west coast of Scotland in late August and am looking for recommendations. Have heard Kishorn Seaford bar is good, and we have previous enjoyed good meals at the Old Inn in Gairloch. But was wondering whether anyone had any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
Funny you should ask, as I was in Gairloch less than 2 weeks ago! I can recommend the Badachro Inn, in the village of Badachro, several miles south of Gairloch. It is a very pleasant/picturesque pub/inn, overlooking a portion of Loch Gairloch, and is a perfect place for lunch on a sunny day. Driving north/west on the A832 highway, you will see a left turn over a single-lane bridge, about 3 miles south of Gairloch. You drive on a single track road thru Shieldag and then to Badachro. There is both an indoor and outdoor dining area. The food we had was good, not great.
I recommend the Creel in Gairloch.
We stumbled across it when we were in Wester Ross last summer and liked it so much we went back and back. As you'd expect, very good shellfish and fish cooked fairly simply.
I remember the seafood platter v fondly, and also the crab linguine. It's the kind of food you'd want to cook yourself if you had access to fantastic seafood on your doorstep. I also remember some interesting wines on the list, but I've forgotten the details. And the owners are great.
I think they close all winter.
The Creel restaurant, Gairloch, Ross-shire IV21 2AH, Tel: 01445 712497, Fax: 01445 712688
On the east coast of the Highlands, I can recommend Luigi's (on Castle Street in Dornoch) and The Quiet Piggy (in the Bridge Hotel, Helmsdale).
Luigi's serves lunch daily and dinner from 2 or 3 nites to 5 or 6 nites a week, depending on the time of year. They have excellent shellfish (mussels, scallops, langoustines, etc.).
Ee Usk in Oban is very good for fish and seafood. Lovely mini fish pies/hotpots as as a starter, but I found the mussels a bit underwhelming. I really like the Crannog in Fort William - good location and great fish and seafood - had a perfect meal there a couple of years ago.
There was a new restaurant in Oban when we were there a few years ago. I don't know if it is still open, but it was run by a lovely couple and we had a really nice meal - it was called Oasis and they served what I guess you'd call modern british food, with an occasional oriental twist.
There is a pub on Loch Sween called the Tayvallich Inn (I think). It's quite a modern pub, so not particularly cosy, but they do really good fresh fish dishes. It's out of the way, but worth a detour.
If you're around the Kyles of Bute, the Royal Hotel in Tighnabruaich does good food, either in the restaurant or in the bar/brasserie.
This may be a bit off your route, but if you are in the far Southwest near Port Patrick, and fancy a bit of posh nosh, then Knockingham Lodge is fantastic.