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Jul 2, 2009 10:54 AM

3 Days in Scotland - Help!

Hi all,

My first post on here. In a few weeks time I will be traveling to Scotland for 3 days and wondered if anyone had any recommendations for where to eat and food/drink places of interest. I thought I'd let the food dictate where to exactly to visit although I'd like to stay clear of the cities and try take in some of the amazing scenery Scotland has to offer.

I just finished university so nothing pricey.

Many thanks.

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  1. Scotland is a country, not a town. You may want to ask a slightly more specific question.
    Just a thought...

    1. Generally speaking, I'd say the west coast is probably better for food than the central or eastern areas - but I could be wrong!

      Peg is right though - we need a bit more info - are you driving? Will you be in a different place each night? Three days isn't long (does that mean only two nights?). It's a mistake to think that you can cover much in that time - I've tried to do too much in Scotland before, but when driving in the highlands it always takes longer than you think.

      Places I've enjoyed include the pub in Tayvallich (I think) on Loch Sween - in the middle of nowhere, and great fresh fish.

      Tignabruich is gorgeous and the hotel there (can't remember it's name, but it's probably the main one there) does good fresh fish.

      EeUsk and Coast in Oban

      Crannog Seafood Restaurant in Fort William was my favourite of our week long trip - gret fish again, and an interesting menu.

      If you want the best of Scottish food, you will need to have one or two fish/seafood meals, but that will make the cost of a meal higher.

      1. 3 days to see the best of Scotland's scenery! The best scenery takes a day in itself to get to, Skye, west side of Mull, Orkney, Lochinver to Cape Wrath. As much as I love food and love the idea of letting the food dictate your trip, Scotland's too beautiful for that. If you want to see as much scenery as possible then try try this trip. Go to Oban, its a three hour bus (or train) ride from Glasgow through some wonderful scenery. There's a hostel in Oban. Get some sandwiches or crab claws from the green shed on the ferry pier. They also have a restaurant which I've heard great things about.

        Get a bowl of mussels from Eeusk, I've struggled to find better.

        From Oban, take a day trip to Iona and Staffa (Fingal's Cafe). There's a combined bus and ferry ticket you can buy I think from bowman's tour buses, offices on the way to the pier. The coach goes through fantastic scenery on mull and the tourguide is fantastic.

        If you have a car, head home in the direction of fort william which goes via castle stalker (monthy python and the holy grail) then turn for glencoe and rannoch moor.

        You shouldn't avoid the cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh are both great and unique (which one is greater is a personal preference and cause for much debate!). There's plenty to eat and drink of interest. They're both easily located for day trips, from glasgow you can get to the trossachs or Isle of Arran - Scotland in minature as the guidebook says, not far from the ferry is Broderick Castle with Arran Breweries, from Edinburgh you can get to St.Andrews in an hour and half on the bus and eat ice cream by the sea. If you have a car you can stop of on the many fruit farms on the way and pick up some strawberries and raspberries and drive round the villages of the East Neuk. There's a beautiful harbour cafe in Crail and you can spend ages quequing at Anstruther's Fish Bar.

        Scotland's a big place with varied scenery you need to be more specific about where you are going and how you're getting here to get better recommendations. Are you flying? Are you travelling around by car? What kind of scenery do you want to see.

        For example if you said yes to the last two, you could fly into inverness and visit the highlands - glen affric is a beautiful spot. If you're interested in really old stuff and love an island feel, then fly to Orkney, Skara Brae, Rings of Brogdar, tour Highland Park, there's a couple of award winning breweries (well at least one) in Orkney, take an Orkney produce tour (I presume there is one given how well they market their food produce).

        This is only a little bit of what you could do in Scotland. I find this website below useful for deciding where in Scotland I want to go.

        1. I agree,there is so much to see that it would be better to have a route picked out. This website might be useful for potential eating places.

          1. Here is an article from the NY Times of about a year ago on 3 of the better restaurants in the HIghlands. Be aware that the 2 Quail in Dornoch is no longer serving dinner.