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You can’t drink single malt on an empty stomach. And we’re not just talking bangers or tatties. Artisanal meat, wood–smoked fish and fresh produce are as Scottish as blood pudding, and the north is practically crawling with Michelin–starred restaurants and seasonal tasting menus these days.

 

Timberyard | Edinburgh

At this family venture in a renovated brick warehouse, meals are built on ingredients from small, local growers, breeders, producers, suppliers and foragers – even the wine’s all natural.

Edinburgh Gin Distillery tour | Edinburgh

Steeped in a 200–year–old copper pot still, Edinburgh Gin is distilled with fresh juniper, coriander, citrus peel and orris root. Sound complicated? No worries; the master distiller will take you through it all, and the only test is a tasting at tour’s end.

The Gardener’s Cottage | Edinburgh

Chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray create a six–course tasting menu built on what’s local and in season, and serve it at long communal tables in a restored 1836 cottage.

Martin Wishart | Loch Lomond

Fine dining meets mountain views at this elegant sister restaurant to the chef’s Michelin–starred place in Edinburgh. Located in the Cameron House hotel, this branch earned a star of its own in 2011.

Loch Lomond Brewery tour | Loch Lomond

Award–winning ales and seasonal brews are on tap at this family–run microbrewery located right beside Scotland’s biggest lake, Loch Lomond. Do you like highly hopped citrus or hints of coffee, chocolate and orange? They’ve got your pint. Before the tour, be sure to take a boat ride on the lake to enjoy the views; for the daring, windsurfing or stand–up paddle boarding are great activities when weather permits.

The Boath House | Nairn

At this luxury country house hotel, diners gather to enjoy canapés and aperitifs in the lounge before repairing to their tables. Expect to splurge, and receive an extravagant and locally sourced repast in turn.

Cycle Tour and Talisker Distillery | Isle of Skye

Venture out on the gorgeous Isle of Skye by bike with Wilderness Scotland. Stop to steady yourself at the isle’s oldest working distillery, set on the shores of Loch Harport, with dramatic views of the Cuillins.

The Three Chimneys | Isle of Skye

The pioneers at The Three Chimneys create dishes which reference Scotland’s rich culinary heritage and wealth of ingredients. Over the years the restaurant has received international acclaim, most recently earning a coveted Michelin star.

Hanoi Bike Shop | Glasgow

No haggis here. The people at the Hanoi Bike Shop (Glasgow’s first Vietnamese restaurant) love to travel. Their menus take inspiration from the places they’ve been. Here, everything from the décor to the food evokes some memory from their collective experiences.

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