For many international visitors planning to visit Scotland for the first time, the words “Scottish cuisine” calls to mind a plate of haggis and oats. But that’s a dated stereotype, and today Scotland is a land of memorable dining experiences crafted by talented chefs who use the bounty of the local lands and waters in their creations. In fact, Scotland boasts 13 Michelin starred restaurants, five of which are located at members of the Luxury Scotland (previously Connoisseurs Scotland) family of luxury hotels.
Visitors wishing to take a culinary tour of Scotland will have the opportunity to cover some ground in this picturesque country, as the properties featuring Michelin star dining span the map. From the Boath House in the charming coastal town of Nairn to Martin Wishart at Cameron House on the lush shores of Loch Lomond and Kinloch Lodge on the breathtaking Isle of Skye, many of these luxury dining experiences also come with epic views. In the capital city of Edinburgh, 21212 is a “restaurant with rooms” serving fine dining in a city-centric location, while nearby Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles—the only two Michelin star restaurant in Scotland—delights foodies and golf lovers alike.
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Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles—Scotland’s only two Michelin star rated restaurant—recently added another culinary feather to add to its cap when it became the first Scottish restaurant (and one of only seven in the UK) to be inducted into Les Grande Tables du Monde, a collection of some of the most illustrious gastronomic restaurants in the world. Les Grande Tables du Monde, which was founded by a group of legendary Parisian chefs in 1954, brings together a select group of the most distinguished and celebrated restaurants around the globe, all of which boast long-standing two or three Michelin star ratings. “It is a phenomenal honor to be listed next to such highly renowned chefs as Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and my wonderful mentor, Michel Guerard,” said Chef Andrew Fairlie. “The founding ethos of Les Grande Tables du Monde totally chimes with our own: a deep respect for culinary traditions, a natural emphasis on the craft, and a focus on the art of hospitality.”
Food and nature come together at the Boath House in Nairn, where the distinguished restaurant boasts one Michelin star as well as four rosettes from AA. The menu regularly features an exciting variety of “wild foods” like foraged mushrooms and herbs, plucked fresh from nature’s larder and incorporated into the chef’s imaginative dishes. This only makes sense for a property that’s also lauded for its 22 acres of lawns, walled garden, orchard, wildflower meadow and vegetable and herb gardens. In an effort to better unite the culinary and natural elements, later this year the Boath House will open a rustic café located in the walled garden, which will offer a garden-to-plate menu with many ingredients sourced from the surrounding gardens. A wood-fired oven and a more casual dining environment will complete the rustic picture.
At Cameron House in Loch Lomond, the one Michelin starred Restaurant Martin Wishart has undergone a complete makeover. The elegant and stylish—but also relaxed and calming—environment was redesigned to put guests at ease and encourages them to be fully open to the fine dining experience offered at this upscale establishment. This spring, guests can opt for the six-course tasting menu featuring innovative dishes like citrus marinated royal sea bream with quinoa, avocado and ponzu and a saddle of Borders Roe deer with onion, bone marrow and long pepper sauce for £80, or go for the three-course lunch menu for just £32.
Feeding the “body and soul” is the mission at Kinloch Lodge, the historic, family-run inn located on the wildly beautiful Isle of Skye. The property’s remote coastal location is not only part of its charm, it’s also a source for the fresh seafood always present on the Michelin starred restaurant’s seasonal menu. Brazilian-Scottish Chef Director Marcello Tully offers creative dishes like sea bass and monkfish lime and coconut, and a house-cured salmon wrapped in seafood mousse. For guests who want a better view of how the alchemy of Chef Marcello’s food works, the Chef’s Table is a special ledge for dining up close with a sneak peek into the kitchen. Behind the privacy (and safety) of a glass wall, guests can watch the chefs prepare dinner, as well as be guided through the menu and experience by Chef Marcello himself.
Those wishing to have an epic culinary experience in Scotland’s capital should look no further than 21212, Edinburgh’s only Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms. The unique hotel and restaurant, which holds one Michelin star and four AA rosettes, is located in a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh’s Royal Terrace and features commanding views to the Firth of Forth and beyond. And while the atmosphere is certainly incredible, the star of the show is the restaurant’s creative, French-inspired menu, which changes weekly to reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients. This spring, several packages make the journey to 21212 even more enticing. A mid-week offer, valid Tuesday to Thursday, includes luxury overnight accommodation and three course dinner for two for £275 ($345 US). An extended weekend package invites guests to stay Saturday night and get Sunday for only £75 ($94 US).
Members of Luxury Scotland include five of the world’s finest golf venues, three castles, one of which was voted to be the best hotel in Europe; city-center properties; country house hotels; exclusive-use properties; a range of world-class spas; an all-suite hotel; the ultimate luxury train, Belmond Royal Scotsman; and the only cruise ship in the world with a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen, Hebridean Princess. Five members boast Michelin-starred restaurants, including Gleneagles, which has the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland. Information about Luxury Scotland, its members, partners and special offers can be found at www.luxuryscotland.co.uk.