Skye – A foodies paradise.
If you love good food and you’re planning a visit to Skye then you’re in for a real treat as the island has lots of great places to eat. To help get the most from your visit we have pulled together our favourite ten restaurants and eateries for you to try.
We haven’t ranked the ten as we love them all and which one you choose really depends on the type of meal you fancy. We recommend visiting each restaurant’s website (just click on the links) and have a look at the menu and opening hours before you visit.
We had a fantastic meal at Scorrybreac in October 2016. This cosy restaurant in Portree overlooks the harbour and has been extremely popular since it opened. Chef, Calum Munro, is Skye born and bred and returned to the island a few years ago to set up Scorrybreac with his brother Niall. The restaurant initially operated from the brother’s family home on the edge of the bay. Our meal was perfect with great service throughout
We visited Kinloch Lodge on a cold December day for Afternoon Tea and enjoyed a super couple of hours sitting beside their roaring fire drinking tea and eating sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes. Situated down a single track road at the head of Loch na Dal on the Sound of Sleat, Kinloch Lodge, the ancestral home of Lord and Lady MacDonald doesn’t disappoint – the food and views are amazing. Marcello Tully presides over the Michelin-starred restaurant, and this year he’s joined by Calum Montgomery as Head Chef (most recently Ullinish Country House Hotel). We are excited by this development as Calum cooked our best meal of 2016 and are looking forward to sampling the new menu at Kinloch Lodge.
Isle of Skye Baking Company
Barry and Liza set up Isle of Skye Baking Company ten years ago, and the business has gone from strength to strength. Their shop in Portree has a fresh selection of bread and cakes daily and also stocks their wide range of preserves, oatcakes and biscuits. This is usually our first stop in Skye for good bread and homemade jam for holiday cottage breakfasts! The wood burning stove also makes this a cosy place to stop for coffee and cake or a bite of lunch. Upstairs they also have the Skyeworks gallery offering an excellent range of Scottish products. We splashed out on our last visit and bought one of their Darach whisky barrel benches. There’s lots of temptation but upstairs and downstairs at Isle of Skye Baking Company.
The Three Chimneys
The Three Chimneys has always been one of our favourite restaurants on Skye. We’ve been for lunch and dinner five times in total, but our visits were pre-blog and before Head Chef Scott Davies’s arrival. Over the past three decades, the restaurant has been regarded as one of the best places to eat in the world and has continually maintained fantastic international acclaim and 3 AA Rosettes. Scott’s menu reflects the incredible variety of food from the island’s natural larder, and when you dine at the restaurant, you enjoy the very best of Skye. The last time we visited we watched the shellfish for dinner being delivered straight from the loch. The restaurant may have been around for three decades, but Shirley, Scott and the team have such passion that this is a restaurant to watch over the next few years. Exciting times ahead at The Three Chimneys!
The Oyster Shed
A visit to Skye isn’t complete without popping in to see the Skye Oyster Man in his Oyster Shed! If you’re looking for a no fuss lunch of excellent seafood in rustic surroundings, then this is the place to go. Don’t expect anything fancy – just great seafood and local produce. Stand around the whisky barrels or at the trestle tables and enjoy your taste of Skye looking out over the beautiful countryside. We stayed in a holiday cottage and were looking for some Venison at New Year and Paul arranged this for us so if you are self-catering and looking for fish or meat, give him a shout.
The Oyster Shed is just up the hill from Talisker Distillery so if you are visiting Talisker be sure to pop in.
Loch Bay Restaurant
We enjoyed an excellent meal at Loch Bay Restaurant in October last year. Chef/Patron Michael Smith (previously chef at The Three Chimneys) and his wife Laurence, own the restaurant, and Graeme Creamer oversees warm and friendly service as the restaurant manager. Loch Bay is situated in a whitewashed cottage in the old fishing village of Stein on the Waternish Peninsula and serves both lunch and dinner. Waternish is one of our favourite areas of Skye and regarded as one of the best places in the world to watch the sunset. Do try to make time to visit Trumpan Church at the end of the road just as the sun is setting – amazing! If you have time, be sure to pop into Skyeskyns – worth a visit and don’t forget your credit card!
The Old School Restaurant
We have enjoyed a good few meals at The Old School Restaurant in Dunvegan. The building used to be Durinish school and became a restaurant back in 1985 when Maryann and Hugh Mackenzie, “original Sgitheanachs” returned home to Skye after a naval career. This lovely cosy restaurant is still in the family and welcomes locals and visitors with friendly service and great local produce.
If you have time when you are in Dunvegan, a walk to Coral Beach a few miles outside the village is a must!
The Red Roof Gallery
A walk to Neist Point lighthouse and then lunch at The Red Roof Gallery is always a great day out on Skye. The gallery, situated in an old traditional crofters cottage, with kitchen and counter filled with delicious cakes at one end and dining space at the other, is the perfect spot to rest your weary feet.
The menu is made up of mixed platters, all of which have a standard offering, and then you add extras from the specials board. Names such as The Gamekeeper, The Crofter, The Fisherman and Laird’s Lunch fill you with anticipation for tasty local treats. They also have regular music evenings throughout the summer so keep an eye on their website and social media for details.
Two others that come highly recommended
We haven’t visited the final two in our top 10 as they were closed for the season, but with such great feedback and reviews, it would have been such a shame to miss them out. We will be visiting next time we are in Skye, but if you visit before we do, please let us know how you get on!
Single Track Art Gallery and Espresso Bar
If you are visiting the north end of Skye, then Single Track has great coffee, hot chocolate and Birdie’s legendary homemade cakes! They also have a soup available every day. The cakes on Facebook and Twitter look amazing, so we can’t wait to pop in next time we visit.
Skye Pie Cafe
Lots of folks have mentioned the Skye Pie Cafe to us, but it wasn’t open on a Monday the last time we visited. They use local, organic and seasonal products to make amazing mouth watering gourmet pies. It seems that they do a mixture of both sweet & savoury pies and you can either eat in or take away. The menu changes with the seasons, and there’s also plenty of choice for vegetarians and fish lovers.
The pies come served with a selection of ever-changing salads, wedges or homemade spiced beans. It all sounds quite delicious, and we can’t wait to pop in next time we are up.
Hopefully, we have given you a good selection of places to visit on your next holiday in Skye. We recommend booking ahead for most of the restaurants listed as they do become fully booked over the summer. If you have a favourite restaurant or cafe that we’ve missed, please leave a comment below, and we will make sure we pop in on our next visit to Skye. I’m sure the list will continue to evolve as new exciting ventures continue Skye’s culinary journey.
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