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Scottish Highlands Restaurants

venison.jpgThere are some superb high quality restaurants throughout the Scottish Highlands. Many Highlands restaurants are situated on or near the coast serve fresh fish and shellfish from local catches. Venison is widely available too in Highlands restaurants as Deer are plentiful is most areas. Local Highlands dishes such as Haggis are well worth trying.

From fine dining to hiker’s lodge restaurants, the Scottish Highlands can tempt you to traditional home cooking both in the cities and in the Glens. You might be surprised at the variety and fine cuisine found even in the remotest places in the Highlands.

Those searching for a the genuine Scottish Highlands taste can be rewarded, even when hiking, to Venison cooked in red wine, cloves and juniper berries or freshly caught Highlands Salmon in a dill sauce.

Fresh fish is not restricted to restaurants by the Scottish coast and you will find that chefs throughout Scotland and the Highlands who manage to produce good quality food at reasonable prices using not only local produce but freshly bought game and shellfish from not too distant shores. Scottish venison farms can be found to provide excellent supplies of sausages, burgers and steaks to restaurants and Highlands fisheries will have good stocks of salmon, brown trout and scallops.

Scottish hotel restaurants in the Highlands are a good stopping place for food as they provide a wide menu to entice the passer by, but an abundance of good food restaurants can be found in most of the towns and especially the villages which depend on the tourist trade and have reached a reputation for their excellent cuisine. Many Scottish Highlands restaurants are also “pet friendly places” providing your dog is well behaved indoors. Haggis with its neeps and tatties is a must for anyone looking for a taste of the Scottish Highlands even if only to say that you’ve tried it and Mussels Marinier is a very favourable starter or light lunch at many restaurants, knowing that they are picked straight from the Scottish shores around the Highlands makes the experience all the more pleasurable.

Out among the hills and mountains, what could be better after a long brisk walk than a plate of good home cooked Scottish Highlands food from one of the many restaurants in the area. Look out for “snug rooms” in restaurants with cosy fires, pictures of stags and heroes in kilts and plenty of tartan to remind you even indoors of the traditions of Scottish kin. It all adds to the atmosphere to make your Highlands dining experience in one of the areas restaurants one that you’ll remember and hopefully want to repeat.

Not all Scottish Highlands restaurants remain open all day and many stop cooking after 1400 hours so check opening times before expecting to turn up mid afternoon for a late Scottish lunch.

In the city of Inverness in the Highlands and some of the larger Scottish towns such as Fort William, one can find alternative cuisine in various Scottish Highlands restaurants from Indian and Chinese Restaurants. Burger bars are not common place in Scotland but Takeaways and fish and chip shops can be found in almost all Scottish Highland towns. Of course awards are often given to even fish and chip shops and restaurants here, due to the remarkable quality of the fresh fish, so where ever you find yourself dining, you can be sure of some of the best food in Britain.

For romantic evenings by candle light, or for that special dinner or lunch out with friends why not sample the gourmet delights within one of the Scottish finest Manor house restaurants or converted castle restaurants. When the stars appear in their glory on a warm summer’s evening and you look out across the restaurants grounds towards the local Scottish loch, nowhere else but Scotland could provide the essential ingredient to complement dining out at its best.
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