Where to go for the best catch in Scotland

With all those lochs and sea surrounding it, Scotland is known for the freshest fish and seafood you can eat. Try the catch of the day at these eateries.

1) Gille Brighde Restaurant

This once was an old schoolhouse tucked away in the dramatic scenery of Loch Torridon. This is local seafood and produce at its best. A lot of thought has been put into the food here, from sea to land to plate. Friendly welcome and Highland hospitality here. Opened from Easter until the end of October with then still a limited opening times so please check and book before your visit.

people having a drink in the sun outside at Gille Brighde restaurant

2) The Oystercatcher

You head down this long and winding single track road until you eventually come to The Oystercatcher. It has a beautiful pontoon outside that must be a hit in the summer with sun baskers and bathers alike. Admittedly the building looks unassuming from the outside, but what Chloe and Dave have done with the inside is what matters. The interior has a modern, spacious but cosy pub feel to it, with rustic wooden furniture and panellings. The menu is superb with lots of fresh fish choices, burgers, veggie options and Ballimore oysters from Loch Fyne, of which the pub looks over. The home baking is also worth a shot. The bar stocks an array of Scottish craft beer, with lots of really nice options to try. They also pride themselves on their collection of small batch gins and artisan tonics to partner. They do have some recommendations if you want to stay the night. Well worth the detour!

a man with a tattoo cutting an oyster

3) The Shieldaig Bar & Coastal kitchen

The outside seating and upstairs deck provide an amazing setting to watch the world go by in one of Scotland’s most scenic settings on Loch Torridon. Specialising in local seafood and wood-fired pizza, this bar is a perfect stop-off if you are in the area. Local An Teallach Brewery on tap for ale lovers and not a bad selection for a wee bar. Get the craic on Saturday nights as they usually have a folk session on the go, which is worth popping your head in the door for. Booking advised at the height of the season.

a couple looking over Loch Torridon from The Shieldaig stay

4) The Applecross Inn

When you drop down from the dramatic Bealach na Ba Pass, you continue to follow the famously twisty road until you reach a T-junction and turn left to the acclaimed Applecross Inn. The outside seating provides excellent views over the water to Raasay and Skye. The observant eye amongst you might even spot lurking submarines in the distance. The menu is famous for its seafood, but other fine Scottish options are available, and in big portions. The bar has a good selection of real ales, whisky and gin. During the height of the season it is very popular, so best to keep dining times flexible. If not, head to their retro food truck ‘The Inn-side out’ for fish and chips. If you use the community Wi-Fi please make sure to contribute a donation.

Applecross Inn seafood truck

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