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Slainte! Scotland's best bars and restaurants

Slainte! Scotland's best bars and restaurants
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The days of Scotland being known just for whisky are over. Today, from the highlands to the islands, across the central belt and everywhere in between, microbreweries and distilleries are crafting properly good pale ales, gorgeous artisan gins, and scrumptious stouts. Of course, for those of you with an inkling for an Islay or a notion to savour a Speyside, Scotland's whisky distilleries continue to go from strength to strength, serving up delectable drams that are enjoyed all over the world.

Of course, where you drink is just as important as what – and Scotland is lucky enough to have some of the world's most incredible bars. From trendy gastropubs in the shadow of Edinburgh castle to cosy Highlands inns hidden in gorgeous glens and even some of Scotland's many whisky distilleries, we've pulled together some of the best places to settle in, grab a glass, and enjoy.

Nestled in the heart of Glencoe, the Clachaig Inn has been offering 'real people, real hospitality and real craic' for over three hundred years. With over 260 malts behind the bar, a wide range of beers from breweries from across the Highlands, and regular live music, it's the ideal place to kick back after a day exploring Glencoe.


Slainte! Scotland's best bars

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Sample a dram (or three) on a tour of Talisker Distillery – home of the only single malt whisky produced on Skye. Set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins, a tour of the distillery is the perfect chance to see behind the stills of this world-renowned whisky.

Pay a visit to the fantastically-named Lock Inn in bonny Fort Augustus for a great selection of beer and gin, traditional pub grub, and fantastic atmosphere. It's a great spot to watch the world – and one or two boats thanks to its location on the banks of the Caledonian Canal – pass by.


Fort Augustus

Built in 1705, The Drovers Inn in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park still looks and feels as if Rob Roy himself could walk in through its low-slung doorways at any minute. With stuffed animals on the walls, roaring fires in the rooms, a menu plucked straight from your mammy's cookbook, and plenty of nooks and crannies – and single malts – to get lost in, a night at the Drover's is something you won't forget. Grab a seat, settle in, and experience one of Loch Lomond's best-loved pubs.

Take an iconoclastic pilgrimage to Edinburgh's Brewdog – where Scotland's foremost purveyors of craft beer have a trendy bar offering their full range of ales, pales and everything in between.


Scran! Scotland's best restaurants

From its roaring seas, to its crystal-clear rivers and its rolling green fields, Scotland has quite the larder on its doorstep. Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway black pudding, Shetland salmon, scones, whisky, shortbread, and not to forget haggis – we're blessed with an array of culinary delights, and we've pulled together a list of some of the nation's best restaurants to take you to culinary heaven. Ready your tastebuds!

Loch Linnhe

Set on the banks of beautiful Loch Linnhe, it's no surprise that the Crannog Seafood Restaurant has cultivated a reputation as a seafood-lovers paradise. While their Loch Linnhe langoustines and mussels from Loch Eil are firm favourites, the chef's use of fresh venison from the hills of Kingairloch and matured Aberdeen Angus steak mean even the most voracious carnivore will be well-satisfied.

Mallaig

Overlooking the busy harbour of Mallaig, the Cornerstone Seafood Restaurant offers a range of freshly-caught west coast delights, from home-made Cullen Skink to hand-dived scallops. It's the perfect spot to relax after a hard day treading the sands of Morar, watching the sun slink beneath the horizon with a hearty meal in your belly and a dram in your hand.

Set in an unassuming converted croft overlooking rugged Loch Dunvegan, The Three Chimneys has spent the past 30 years establishing a reputation for offering up fantastic food that reflects the amazing variety of Skye's authentic, natural larder from sky, land and sea. Book early, ready your tastebuds, and settle in for a meal that'll dance on your palette like the moonlight on the Fairy Pools.

Nestled opposite Glasgow's old Victoria Infirmary in a former tram station, the family-run Battlefield Rest has been tantalising tastebuds for over 20 years with an array of homemade Italian delights served in one of the city's most atmospheric venues.

Aberdeen Angus steak

There's an art to a good steak, and the team at Edinburgh's Leith Chop House are the culinary equivalent of Michelangelo. Smart, sleek and always buzzing, this is the place to savour a steak in the city.

Fancy sampling another Scottish delicacy? We've scoured the coasts, set sail for the islands, and had a gander around the harbours for the best fish & chips in Scotland. Feast your eyes…

Famed for all the right reasons and offering up some of the finest fried fish in the west of Scotland, Troon's The Wee Hurrie will have you rushing back for seconds.

With a simple name that hides a modern, inventive menu, Glasgow's Catch features everything from salt & chilli squid to macaroni cheese with lobster. No matter what you choose, you're in for a treat.

Stonehaven's The Bay attracts visitors from miles around keen to sample some of Scotland's best fish and chips before taking a walk along the town's iconic prom.

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