It wasn’t that long ago where the title of this post would have made no sense at all. The Highlands were a culinary desert – restaurants were few and far between, the great local ingredients were shipped south and if you could find a vegetable, it was often old and shrivelled.
How things have changed. Mostly because of the influence of incomers, I suspect, the folks in the Highlands have realised what an asset they have in local fish and seafood and poor food is now the exception rather than the rule.
We had a long week-end in the Highlands before the midges came out – not much walking as my wife Anne has a bad knee – but several great meals.
We started in the Applecross Inn – over the Bealach nam Ba, one of the highest roads in Scotland. Our journey there was a wee bit hairy as something very bad was happening to the brakes in our car, that were making a horrible grating noise (it turned out to be a siezed caliper). This is a great pub with a fantastic atmosphere and superb seafood served in the bar. The Red Cuillin ale was pretty good too.
We spent much of the next day sorting out the brake problem and were quite late arriving at the Plockton Inn. Again, this is a super place which was absolutely packed – luckily, we had booked a table for dinner – seafood again of course. Beer from the local Plockton Brewery. Plockton is a charming village – famous for its palm trees.
The highlight of the weekend was dinner at the Three Chimneys in Skye – this is a famous restaurant that we’d fancied going to for years – this time we made it to celebrate Anne’s birthday. It is in Colbost, which is a remote area in the west of Skye. The food and accommodation were superb – expensive of course but it was a special occasion experience.
After a day of rain on the way to Applecross, we had sunshine with snow on the hills. A great weekend.
More detailed reviews of the restaurants on my foodie blog.