The best of Skye food
Skye is home to some of Scotland's finest restaurants. Lucky us.
Treat yourself in one or, even better, all of them.
Edinbane Lodge is an ancient Skye hostelry which dates from 1543. It was given a wonderful new lease of life in 2018 as the first solo venture by talented local chef Calum Montgomery. The old building has been refurbished to a good standard and is a very comfortable place to spend an evening.
Calum was born on Skye, learnt his trade at the famous One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, returned to Skye to become Head Chef at Ullinish, and then took the same role at Kinloch Lodge under Marcello Tully. Now he is producing really great food in Edinbane.
Kinloch Lodge, Sleat
In January 2010, Kinloch Lodge was awarded Skye's first ever Michelin star - a fantastic achievement on this island of wonderful restaurants. The accolade was reaffirmed each year until 2017, and the standards achieved by head chef Marcello Tully and the team remain very good indeed.
Kinloch Lodge stands in a wonderful setting on the shore of Loch na Dal. It’s a hotel, a restaurant, a shop - all overseen by Lady Claire MacDonald, the food commentator, television presenter, writer and cook.
Loch Bay by Michael Smith, Stein
Loch Bay Restaurant
Michael Smith is now the undisputed star of Skye's thriving culinary scene. He was Chef Director of the Three Chimneys when it earned its Michelin Star in 2015. Now he is doing amazing things in his own Loch Bay Restaurant in Stein, on the Waternish Peninsula. He achieved a Michelin Star here in the 2018 guide, and very well deserved it is.
The restaurant is small, welcoming and comfortable. It offers two menus - a five course seafood degustation (see below), or a fixed price three course meal. The latter gives a choice of three starters (seafood, vegetarian or meat), three main courses (ditto) and a third couse of either cheese, a pudding or a selection of small desserts.
Described as "Contemporary Scottish with classic French influences", the food is, as you should expect from a renowned chef, the sort of stuff that makes you say "Mmmm" quietly with every forkfull. Great ingredients, perfect cooking and beautiful but unfussy presentation. There's nothing at all pretentious about what you get at Loch Bay. And everything is wonderful.
The Three Chimneys, Colbost
The Three Chimneys holds long list of other domestic and international recognition and awards, including 5 Gold Stars from VisitScotland, a coveted Gold EatScotland Award and a 5 Star AA rating. It has had countless superlative critiques in newspapers and magazines and restaurant guides around the globe. It truly is "Skye's world famous restaurant".