DATE: September 18, 2017
There are only a few months during the year that it’s suitable to eat outside in Scotland. Cursed with terribly frigid temperatures during the winter months, Scottish diners and visitors to the country might be forgiven for thinking that ‘al fresco dining’ in Scotland is simply a joke, but there are a few restaurants that have the guts to put furniture outside, usually to make the most of the breathtaking scenery that they are placed right on the doorstep of.
These four eateries are dotted around the Highlands area. They might not be suitable for every budget, but they all serve excellent food and give the diner the option of eating outside when the Scottish summer sun is shining:
Fresh seafood is a must-try when visiting Scotland. The country is famous for it’s langoustine, mackerel and oysters – which you’ll inevitably find at it’s freshest fish on the coasts. With a commanding view over Loch Carron, Kishorn Seafood Bar has been serving locally sourced seafood for over twenty years, picking up multiple awards and accolades over the years. Drive up to the cliff side restaurant in the peak of summer, take a load off on a picnic bench and enjoy a grand seafood platter featuring the very best that the local seas have to offer.
The proprietors at the Applecross Inn understand what the compulsory components are for a decent pub: comfortable furnishings, decent ale and a pleasant outdoor area; so that you can sit down and sip drinks well into the evening. On cooler evenings a merry fire burns eco-friendly wood briquettes, keeping patrons warm and toasty, whilst they tuck into locally sourced food that includes: warm salad of pigeon breast, local smoked salmon and haggis. You can also find more traditional pub grub at this handsome pub and you’re just a short walk away from stunning coastal views.
Packed full of character and unique charm, this unique eating spot couldn’t be more secluded. Set within it’s own estate, where the majority of the restaurant’s meals are sourced from, Inver is run by Pam and Rob who run the restaurant with their family and friends to an award winning standard. The restaurant serves homely ingredients, presented in a simple style that has wowed critics, making it one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the entirety of the Highlands. With phrases such as ‘world-class’ and ‘perfection’ being bandied about, it’s little wonder that dinner for two can set you back well over £90. Drop in for afternoon tea or lunch, if you’d like a cheaper taste of the experience.
Loch Ness is one of the standout attractions for the Highlands region – thousands of tourists flock to it every year to get a peak at the legendary monster that is said to lie beneath the service. Unfortunately, many of these hopeful tourists leave the Loch disappointed. You might not have much chance of spotting a mythological beast whilst your visiting Loch Ness, but at least you can guarantee yourself a slap up meal when you stop at the Dores Inn. Whilst the local gins and real ales might well keep locals coming back for more, it’ll be the large beer garden that attract the tourists and will mean that you can keep an eye out for Nessie whilst sipping down an enjoyable beverage.
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