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The loch's bounty at the Kylesku Hotel, Sutherland, Scotland

Western Sutherland is one of the North Coast 500’s most sparsely populated stretches. Much of the road from Ullapool to Durness is one lane meandering out of the mountains among boulder-strewn heath, and you’re rewarded for exploring the even smaller coastal roads, like the Wee Mad Road of Sutherland, that run through the region’s small settlements. It’s here where you’ll find some of the best eating options in the northwest highlands, and so I figured it would be helpful to collect a few ideas for you to reference the next time you’re exploring the North Coast 500.

One of my favorite finds was SALT Seafood Kitchen… Read more...

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Pre-dinner canapes and wine at Knockendarroch Hotel, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland

Last autumn I had the opportunity to stay in Pitlochry at Knockendarroch Hotel, a place that had long been on my radar. Struan Lothian, the man behind Knockendarroch, managed the Kylesku Hotel and Torrdarach HouseĀ once upon a time, and my stay at the latter five years ago was a highlight of the trip. My stay at Knockendarroch was similarly excellent, and as part of it I had a chance to experience dinner at the small hotel.

Dinner at Knockendarroch Hotel worked out perfectly as it was my first day of the trip and I usually don’t like having to seek out restaurants when I’m jet-lagged and grumpy. Whatever grumpiness I had was soon to be dispelled… Read more...

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Antler chandelier at the Dunkeld House Hotel, Dunkeld, Scotland

It’s no secret that Dunkeld is one of my favorite towns in Scotland. The stone-built village hugs the River Tay and hides a ruined cathedral among Perthshire’s big trees. It just feels right.

For the longest time, however, I struggled to find a solid accommodation in town. Greater Perthshire overflows with excellent choices, many you can read about here on Traveling Savage, but Dunkeld proved to be a challenge.

That challenge may be a thing of the past.

The Dunkeld House Hotel looks to fill that gap, and I had the opportunity to visit during my trip last November. Read more...

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Badachro Inn, Badachro, Wester Ross, Scotland

Scotland’s northern highlands are a gorgeous wilderness filled with high mountains, sea-scoured cliffs, vacant beaches, and secretive wildlife. There are some humans, too, but the largest town on the northwest coast, Ullapool, has all of 1,500 people. As visitors to this special region we need to calibrate our expectations in the realms of tourism infrastructure and services. There’s just not much out here — that’s a large part of why those of us who like such places like them — so when I find a pub or restaurant out on the edge of Scotland I usually tamp down my expectations. Such was the situation I found myself in after a journey out to isolated Red Point Beach southwest of Gairloch. Read more...

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Pre-dinner aperitif in the Torridon Hotel's drawing room

During my stay at the Torridon Hotel I had the pleasure of dining at their 3 AA Rosette restaurant, 1887. Here the focus is on local Scottish produce prepared with modern French techniques, and with a new menu each day the creativity of 1887’s head chef, David Barnett, is always on display. As the 3 AA Rosettes attest, 1887 is a lauded restaurant and one of the finest you’ll find on the North Coast 500. You can’t miss the freshness of produce from the Torridon’s two-acre kitchen garden or the quality of meat from the Torridon Farm.

It’s a gross understatement to say I was excited to dine at 1887, and it was especially wonderful… Read more...

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