6 of the most idyllic and remote places to eat in Scotland

We take a look at 6 of the most remote places to eat in Scotland's Highlands and Islands, which serve fresh, homemade, local and seasonal dishes.

Published 3rd May 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Enjoy a lunch, dinner or sweet treat in one of these remote restaurants, cafes and takeaways

Creel Seafood Bar, Isle of Mull

Fionnphort car park, Isle of Mull PA66 6BL

Picture: The Creel, Mull, Facebook

Found literally as you get off the ferry, this small, family run takeaway serves up extremely fresh seafood including oysters from Dervaig and scallops from Tobermory.

Perfect for picking up a quick snack before travelling on, or why not stay for a while (if the sun is out), take a seat on the nearby decking area and enjoy the views?

Croft 36, Isle of Harris

36 Northton, Isle of Harris, HS3 3JA

Picture: Croft 36 Facebook

This charming takeaway prides itself on local, seasonal and sustainable produce which can be ordered for delivery to holiday homes and nearby tents, or for collection by passing visitors.

Homemade soups, pies and pastries filled with meat or seafood make for an ideal lunch or larger main courses such as fish curry and rabbit stew are available for those who are really hungry.

The menu is subject to local catches and seasonal availability so it is best to phone ahead.

Skoon Art Cafe, Isle of Harris

4 Geocrab, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3HB

Picture: Skoon Art Cafe, Facebook

Enjoy lunch or coffee and cake whilst browsing local artwork in this former traditional croft house, which is only a 20 minute drive from the ferry port at Tarbet on Harris. Serving homemade cakes, bread, biscuits, puddings and soup, plus teas and coffees, this is a picture perfect spot to stop at whilst visiting one of Scotland's most famous Isles.

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Antlers Bistro, Jura

Isle of Jura, PA60 7XS

Picture: Antlers Bistro Facebook

Find out more about Jura, pick up some local crafts and tuck into seasonal, homemade fayre, such asĀ a moreish venison burger, hearty soups and home baking.

Enjoy a lunch or dinner after trying a few drams in the nearby Jura distillery.

Doune dining room, Knoydart

Knoydart, PH41 4PL

Picture: Doune Knoydart Facebook

Book into this remote restaurant, which is part of the family run Doune Hotel, for a memorable meal.

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The menu is seasonal and featuresĀ local produce such as venison, lamb and seafood including crab and scallops.

Any fruit and herbs have likely come from the owner's garden, and the cheeses are from nearby artisan dairies.

Focusing on a slow food concept, and serving up fresh, homemade dishes, Doune dining room is worth travelling to.

The Boathouse, Ulva

Isle of Ulva, PA73 6LZ

Picture: The Boathouse Ulva Facebook

This former ferry shed has been on the remote Isle of Ulva since at least 1880, and after being renovated in 1989, it is now home to the family run Boathouse tearoom.

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Visitors can enjoy a range of local, fresh seafood from the family fishing boat (such as Ulva Soriby Bay oysters, prawns and lobster) as well as homemade cakes, daily specials and soups.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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