We are visiting Scotland for the first time and have done some research on this board, but found few current references for our culinary interests. We are seeking mid range dining, nothing severely budget minded nor fine dining/Michelin type restaurants, but prefer bistro or trattoria in a casual style. We enjoy many cuisines and also want to sample some of Scotland’s local fare.
We start in Edinburgh, staying at the Glasshouse, so we will need to dine somewhere within walking or a fairly short taxi ride distance from city center. I have found some restaurants that seem interesting:
Valvona & Crolla Centotre
L’Alba D’Oro Iggs & Barioja
Petit Paris Nargile
Santorini Fisher’s in the City
The Mussel Inn Dubh Prais
We then travel by car to Aberdeen, will be touring the many castles near Aberdeen, take the coastal drive from Aberdeen to Inverness, visit West Ross-Shire, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Oban, Loch Lomond, then Glasgow. The guidebooks offer little in the way of any special locations to stop for luncheons en route and we know stopping just anywhere can be quite spotty. Any advice on dining destinations along our route would be welcome.
We are staying at the Marcliffe outside Aberdeen, and from what I have read, the dining sounds fine there. In Inverness, we stay at the Rockpool Reserve which also seems to have a good restaurant, and there is also the Rockpool restaurant in town and the Contrast Brasserie near Loch Ness. On the Isle of Skye we will stay at the Three Chimneys in Colbost and I understand this is a dining destination in itself. From Skye to Oban, we want to visit the original Loch Fyne Oyster restaurant, and in Oban, Ee-Usk. In Loch Lomond, we are staying at the Monachyle Moor, another dining/hotel destination. Lastly in Glasgow, we are staying in the city center, but I do not have any recommendations other than the Mussel Inn, Café Gandolfi, and Fratelli Sarti.
Any comment on the above places and restaurants will be greatly appreciated!