Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld

One of the many joyous aspects of Scottish tourism is the multitude of historical attractions, sites and places of significance, scattered around the country; of interest to many, accessible to all. Sitting pretty on the banks of the River Tay, in the Historical Cathedral City of Dunkeld, is the … [Read more...]

Ballathie House Hotel, Kinclaven, Stanley, Perthshire

As befitting any Scottish Institution today, Ballathie House Hotel has re-invented itself, aligning the appeal to a broad, modern-day market, whilst retaining all the glory of its historical roots. Built in 1880 within the beautiful Perthshire countryside and slap bang on the banks of the River … [Read more...]

The Allanton Inn, Allanton

A recent visit for dinner, following a search for a country pub type establishment; offering a good menu and excellent wines; the Allanton Inn ticked all the boxes. The quintessential village pub, the inn sits on the main street of the small Berwickshire conservation village of Allanton, thus … [Read more...]

The Blue Goose Country Pub, Edinburgh

Hurrah it’s Sunday! My thoughts precisely when the end of last week arrived, following six days of cramming, evening work and ultimately, ticking items off my ever-expanding “To Do” list. For me, for this week anyway, Sunday was going to be our day of rest and relaxation. An invite to The Blue … [Read more...]

Angels With Bagpipes

The uniquely named Angels with Bagpipes has quickly established itself on the Edinburgh upmarket restaurant scene and just as quickly earned an enviable reputation for producing exemplary Scottish cuisine. With a home on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the simple, yet stylish restaurant is surprisingly … [Read more...]

Seafood Temple, Oban

The aptly named seafood restaurant on Oban’s foreshore is so, as it worships local, fresh seafood, newly docked in Oban, and so do it’s patrons. Living studiously by their ethos of “fresh and local”, the Seafood Temple could be nothing but a great success and, that it has been since it’s opening … [Read more...]

Cuan Mor Restaurant, Bar and Brewery, Oban

Cuan Mor, for me, represents what Oban is all about: a warm welcome, roots in local tradition, a proud history presented with a current day twist and superb seafood, as, with views over the Big Ocean (Cuan Mor), it’s as fresh as it comes. Proud of the indigenous Gaelic history; a theme which is … [Read more...]

The New Inn Restaurant and Bar, Coldingham

The villagers in this close-knit community are quite rightly very proud of their local pub and justifiably so, as my experience verified, in the New Inn, Coldingham. A quaint, stone-built establishment which sits in the middle of the small Berwickshire village, most prominently known to divers, … [Read more...]

Adamo, Stirling

How refreshing to find a business adapting to fit established surroundings within a prominent and architecturally, fabulous building. The Adamo Hotel in Stirling has done just that, locating in the commanding former bank, this structure has not merely fallen into disrepair but been fantastically … [Read more...]

The Waterside, Haddington

How lovely to be able to give a second chance – I know the Waterside of old; when, at the height of its adoration, customers would travel a distance to eat there; pre-booked of course; there was no chance of sitting down otherwise; such was its popularity. Sadly, for a time, new owners didn’t … [Read more...]