The stunning Michelin star 'hidden' restaurant close to one of Scotland's most magical glens

If you love excellent food in a peaceful location with beautiful views then this restaurant is a must-visit.

Published 26th Jun 2024
Updated 26 th Jun 2024

With summer in full swing, it’s a joy to be able to get out and about and explore Scotland. There’s an added bonus when this can include a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings. 

While Scotland’s cities are home to some amazing fine dining and Michelin Star restaurants, the countryside and island should not be overlooked.

One of the most celebrated restaurants in Scotland is Inver, which opened in 2015, on the shores of Loch Fyne. About an hour and a half drive from Glasgow, Inver is Scotland’s only Michelin Green Star restaurant, which is awarded to sustainable restaurants.

The Green Star was introduced to The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland in 2021, to highlight the restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices.

Their outstanding eco-friendly commitments are a source of inspiration to both keen foodies and the hospitality industry as a whole. This year, there are six new recipients of the Michelin Green Star, bringing the total number of role model restaurants to 33.

Guests to Inver can expect simple, local and often foraged ingredients within dishes on the a la carte lunch menu or six course tasting menu for dinner.

Head chef Pam Brunton, who released a book this year, champions seasonal seafood, meat and game, which has seen her restaurant consistently win awards and praise.

Michelin Star restaurant magical glen
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The location too is stunning, on-site bothies and shepherd’s huts offer cosy and comfortable accommodation on the shores of the stunning Loch Fyne. It’s this tranquil spot, off the beaten track that makes Inver seem like a hidden gem to some visitors and tourists.

It’s also a half hour drive from one of Scotland’s most magical glens, Puck’s Glen - a deep, woodland gorge with cascading waterfalls that’s one of the most popular beauty spots in the Cowal Peninsula in the west of Scotland.

Ideal for all the family, this glen is home to many mythical creatures according to folklore. Head there and follow the trail that follows a Victorian walkway and wooden bridges up the rocky gorge, passing several waterfalls and Douglas firs.

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Often likened to scenery from Lord of the Rings, Puck’s Glen has parking, picnic areas and the walk can take about an hour.

After a good walk taking in the scenery, surely there’s no better way to end the day than enjoying the tasting menu at Inver?

Inver Restaurant & Rooms, Cairndow, UK
Inver Restaurant & Rooms, Cairndow, UK, PA27 8BU
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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