Scottish Favorites

Now that I have temporarily quenched my thirst for all things Scottish, it’s time to reveal some of my favorites, from the Isle of Skye, to Pitlochry, to Edinburgh.  Too bad I don’t have a photo of every plaid pattern I saw on my trip to Scotland, but I do have wonderful experiences and places worth sharing.

FAVORITE HOTEL – Stay Central, Edinburgh

Lobby Stay Central Hotel

Tags left by guest with quotes and well wishes covering the map

My first impression was right…smart, witty and ingenious. The cheerful decor of STAY could perk up the most weary traveler with comic book wallpaper, comfortable beds, a wall map of Edinburgh, walk-in waterfall shower and loads of clever travel comforts. STAY is within easy walking distance to the train station, the Royal Mile, the Haymarket area and King George IV Bridge.

Not fancy, just brilliant.


 

FAVORITE B&B – Annslea Bed & Breakfast, Pitlochry

Annslea Guest House

Fresh, immaculate and inviting. Each room was lovely, displaying pretty linens and stylish antiques.

Bright yellow

The Annslea B&B, also delighted us with the best breakfast imaginable. Our traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms and tomatoes were seasoned to perfection.


 

BEST TEA CAKES – Tunnock’s Tea Cakes

A little bite of heaven…milk chocolate coating a fluffy marshmallow filling, sitting on a crispy biscuit. Where have you been all my life?!

Tunnock's Tea Cakes


 

BEST STARTER

Settling in at the Fairy Cottage Restaurant in Pitlochry – we devoured the Mushroom, Garlic & Parmesan Cream Bake. In fact we requested extra bread, just so we could prolong and savor every drop.

Mushroom, Garlic, Parmesan, Cream Bake with Olive Bread, Fern Cottage


 

FAVORITE SPIRITS – Caorunn and Crossbill Gin

Of course I have my short list of favorite whiskies, but sometimes I enjoy the crisp taste of gin. After trying a few highly recommended selections from the Gin Menu at the Fairy Cottage, I’ve decided more sampling will be required in order pick my absolute favorite.

Caorunn Gin

Crossbill Gin with a splash of tonic water and garnished with orange slices


 

MOST PICTURESQUE VILLAGE – Portree, Isle of Skye

The bay was peaceful at dawn with the sailing and fishing boats dotting the rippling water. Portree is a gracious and quaint village freckled with happy colors and friendly people. Every view was captivating.

Row boats on the dock, Portree

Lobster traps on the dock, Portree


 

FAVORITE SOFT DRINK

Irn-Bru is the soft drink of choice and I can understand why.

IRN BRU


 

FAVORITE FARM ANIMALS? –  Heelin Coo and sheep.

Enjoying the view on her hill top


 

FAVORITE RESTAURANT – Scorry Breac, Portree, Isle of Sky

One glance at the menu and I knew our evening would be a culinary event.   The entrees and desserts were created with the freshest ingredients and delicately plated. The aromatic flavor combinations sent my taste buds into overdrive. Scorry Breac was no doubt one of the best dining experiences I have ever had on holiday.

 

Roasted Cauliflower, Halloumi, Wild Garlic Pesto, Spring Onion

Roasted Cauliflower, Halloumi, Wild Garlic Pesto, Spring Onion

 

Coffee Seared Loin of Venison, Buttery Kale, Wild Mushrooms

Coffee Seared Loin of Venison, Buttery Kale, Wild Mushrooms

 

Passionfruit Cheesecake, Mango Compote, Margarita Sorbet, Poppy Seed Tulie

Passionfruit Cheesecake, Mango Compote, Margarita Sorbet, Poppy Seed Tulie

 

Dark Chocolate Delice, Espresso Ice Cream, Honeycomb and Candied Pistachios

Dark Chocolate Delice, Espresso Ice Cream, Honeycomb and Candied Pistachios


 

FAVORITE SOUVENIR – Skye Cuillin Marble

Sky Cuillin Marble

Sky Cuillin Marbles

Before leaving Portree my daughter and I both found earrings we fancied made from marble. We now have a little piece of Skye to treasure always.


 

FAVORITE TAVERN – Castle Tavern, Inverness

Enjoyed having a few brews at the Castle Tavern with Bonnie Prince Charlie.


 

FAVORITE SIGN – Dogs Welcome

dugsNpubs

The Scots love their dogs, and we loved watching friendly wagging tails, as they would come and go from the pubs.

Thank you for letting me share some of my Sottish favorites with you!

Cheers!

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2 thoughts on “Scottish Favorites

  1. Diane Layman says:

    You have captured Scotland perfectly. These pictures are beautiful and definitely make me want to explore all the possibilities!

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