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Top 3 Restaurants in Scotland you have to Visit

If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to remember when reminiscing about holidays, it’s the food. If you don’t remember your food, then you’ve not experienced a true taste of the country. We explore the restaurants in Scotland you have to visit this summer.

Brea, Stirling

Almost as soon as it opened, Brea in the heart of Stirling’s historical centre began winning awards. It’s mixture of relaxed dining, excellent service and superb Scottish food made it an instant hit with both critics and the general public. Offering fresh, locally sourced dishes means you are guaranteed a taste of Scotland.  And not only that, they sell some of the finest burgers in the land, having been named winner of ‘Best Burger in Stirling’ at the Restaurant Guru Awards 2019!

Booking is highly recommended.

A view of Stirling and the castle

The Conservatory Restaurant, Inverness

Head onto the luxury hub of Inverness, the Kingsmills Hotel and spa, for a delightful evening in their Conservatory restaurant. Enjoy a varied menu of Scottish culinary treats such as Loin of Ardgay Red Deer, served with roasted parsnips and Pan Seared Scottish Hake Fillet, served with dill and lemon potato cake.

Totally tantalising? We agree.  Book your table here!

inverness over the River Ness

Asknish Bay Restaurant, Loch Melfortg

Located just outside Scotland’s seafood capital, Oban, enjoy world-class views and dining in the Asknish Bay Restaurant. Boasting two AA rosettes for their outstanding fine dining restaurant, this is a destination worth travelling to. Enjoy incredible local seafood such as Islay scallops, lobsters, langoustines and crab.

Book in for a fine-dining experience of a lifetime here!

oban view

 

Restaurants in Scotland you have to Visit

There’s never been a better time to hit the road and take a road trip to explore the best of Scottish cuisine. Scottish food is going through a renaissance right now – come and be a part of it! Not sure where to stay when visiting our favourite restaurants in Scotland? Check out this helpful guide here.

 

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Orange and red leaves

Harvesting The Best UK Autumn Festivals

Autumn is the time when the leaves begin to change colour and a slight chill sets in. It’s time to enjoy the last of the beautiful crisp, clear days before the UK is transformed into a magical, winter wonderland. We’ve got apple harvests and harvest festivals to look forward to. Halloween is looming. And there’s even a hint of Christmas in the air. October promises to be a multitude of golden hues and golden festivities as the autumn festivals get underway.

Spooktacular Ghost Festivals

Halloween may not be one of the more traditional autumn festivals. It is, however, one of the most exciting. With deadly dungeons, haunted castles and a bloodthirsty history, All Hallows Eve throughout the UK is sure to be a horrifyingly chilling experience. London is full of historical horrors. It’s rich history offers up a number of tricks and treats. Take a deadly tour around the Tower of London, walk the walk with Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks or brave the London Bridge experience. You miss the terror of London only if you dare.

Table with halloween pumpkins, autumn leaves, sunflowers and a basket of produce

Food And Drink Festivals

Scotland’s breathtaking scenery and picturesque cities makes it our autumn festivals destination of choice. And with autumn being the harvest season, it promises a multitude of foodie festivals guaranteed to leave you hungry for more. If one of the many farmers’ markets or drinks fairs isn’t your cup of tea, master the malt with whisky tasting in Islay, or get into the swing of things with a Golf Break in St Andrews.

Baskets filled with various fruit at a market

Medieval And Middle Age Festivals

Enjoy a variety of mixed literature, fine and performing art, pop culture and comedy shows at the Canterbury Festival in October. Growing in size and stature, the Canterbury Festival now has its very own Fringe. It is one of the most important cultural events of the South East.

If you’re more of a medieval history fan, join in the celebrations and festivities of October’s Gwledd Cowny Feast. The medieval town of Cowny will play host to the largest celebration of music, art and food in Wales. The charming quayside, castle and medieval streets will be bursting with fun and flavour. It’s one of our favourite medieval autumn festivals!

Cowny medieval castle in Wales

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Inside whisky distillery

Malt in Your Mouth Whisky Distilleries in Islay

Are you looking for a special UK winter getaway? Perhaps somewhere quiet and relaxing but with plenty to do? If so, then Islay might be perfect for you – especially if you like a dram or three. Islay is home to a number of world-famous Scottish whisky distilleries.

Since the fourteenth century Islay has been fermenting grain mash into smooth, distilled, traditional whiskies. An island ideal for growing barley, Islay’s pure water sources, fertile lands and abundance of peat has put Islay at the top of every whisky connoisseur’s bucket list.

5 Whisky Distilleries Off The Peat-en Track

Laphroaig Distillery

For over 200 years, Laphroaig Distillery has been crafting the world’s most richly flavoured Scotch Whisky. Join in a one-hour tour of the Laphroaig Distillery and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Laphroaig process. You can also test your taste buds in a flavour or premium whisky tasting with an experienced Laphroaig Host.

Exterior of Laphroig whisky distillery by the sea

Image title Laphroaig Distillery by Ed Wolstenholme is licensed under (CC BY-SA2.0)

Lagavulin Distillery

Situated in the picturesque Lagavulin Bay, the Lagavulin Distillery is well worth a visit. Take a tour of the distillery, watch the distillers at work and discover the rich peaty flavour of the Lagavulin magic. Nestled in a small and beautiful bay on the south of Islay, Lagavulin’s guided tours and local legend (Ian McArthur) will divulge all the secrets of their world famous malt.

Exterior of Lagavulin Distillery by the sea

Image title Lagavulin Distillery by Stephane Farenga is licensed under (CC BY 2.0)

Ardbeg Distillery

Since 1815, Ardbeg Distillery has been distilling their distinctive single malt Scotch whisky. To get a feeling for the true spirit of Ardbeg, you can visit the distillery where their whisky is crafted to perfection. With regular tours, a great shop and an excellent café, Ardbeg is a favourite among the whisky distilleries on the island.

Bowmore Distillery

Established in 1779, Bowmore Distillery is the first recorded distillery on Islay. It’s also one of the oldest in Scotland and renowned for its peaty flavour. Bowmore malts have been brewed the same way for over 200 years – carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln. Bowmore itself is home to almost a third of the island’s population. Besides the distillery, Bowmore is well known for its white-washed houses, stone-built harbour and iconic Round Church.

Kilchoman Distillery

Established in 2005, Kilchoman Distillery is the newest addition to Islay’s famous whisky distilleries. It is  one of the smallest whisky distilleries in Scotland. Also, it holds the honour of being the first whisky distillery to be built on the island in 125 years. Set on a farm on the rugged west coast, Kilchoman has gone back to the roots of traditional Scotch whisky distilling. From barley to bottling, Kilchoman farms its own barley and is one of only a handful of whisky distilleries still practicing floor malting. Unlike other whisky distilleries, Kilchoman is the only distillery to complete all parts of the whisky-making process on site.

Visiting Islay

If a tour of Scotland’s most notorious whisky distilleries is for you, then you can book in to Islay Cottages’ self-catering holiday accommodation. Perfectly positioned in both rural Kilchoman and the main village of Bowman, you can make the most of Islay’s vast whisky presence in its small village setting. So make the most of your trip to Islay with great whisky, great accommodation and great views!

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