The Six Best Farm-to-Table Stays in Scotland

Scotland's hotels are reaping the culinary benefits of their locations among the country's rugged landscapes and fertile land. Here's where to stay for the best locally sourced farm-to-table food.

From Glasgow to the Highlands, these are Scotland's best field-to-fork holidays

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Glenfeshie Estate & Cottages

Stretching across 45,000 acres of mystical woodlands, twinkling lochs and babbling brooks, Glenfeshie Estate is the perfect place in which to escape. Located within the Cairngorms National Park, bens and munros (peaks and mountains) provide endless opportunities for exploration, whether you're trekking across squelching peatland or testing your ability to spot swooping golden eagles. In a lodge bearing typical 19th-century Scottish architecture, chat to Glenfeshie gamekeepers to learn about the best stalking spots in the Caledonian Pines, where they fish for salmon, and other farming methods that make the estate's kitchen one of the Highlands' best.

Address

Kincraig Kingussie PH21 1NX

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Fife Arms

This art-filled hotel pairs traditional Scottish rusticity with whimsical touches. Wander through Hauser & Wirth-designed interiors to spot works by Lucian Freud, Picasso and Louise Bourgeois. Later, settle in at the The Clunie Dining Room (named after the River Clunie which winds past the hotel) to admire the cubistoid mural made by Argentinian artist Guillermo Kuitca which adorns the walls and dine on seasonal produce sourced from Cairngorm farms nearby.

Address

Mar Road Ballater AB35 5YN

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Bo & Birdy at the Blythswood

Bo & Birdy at the Blythswood offers a retreat in Glasgow's bustling city centre. Slide into leather booths and peruse a menu curated by head chef Gillian Matthews, backdropped by monochrome floors, decadent lighting fixtures and a scaled teal bar. Feast on produce from Scottish farms and locally owned businesses, including rare-breed pork pies sourced from Ardunan Farm and scallops from Orkney.

Address

11 Blythswood Square G2 4AD

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Kinloch Lodge

This Scottish lodge takes inspiration from its locale. Days here should be spent hiking around the rugged Highlands before returning to warm up by the living-room fire or soak up views of Ben Loyal mountain from the conservatory. Food is sourced from local farmers and growers. Expect breakfasts of homemade yoghurt and freshly made bread, and daily-changing dinner menus that are dictated by the bounty from local farms.

Address

Sleat Isle of Skye IV43 8QY

Champany Inn

A short drive west of Edinburgh, this charming cluster of cottages has been run by the Davidson family for over three decades. You can explore the Linlithgow landscape or laze about in spacious tartan-themed rooms, but the kitchens are undeniably the selling point here. Centred around Scottish produce, Champany Inn prides itself on dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. While salmon sourced the waters of Shetland, black pudding from Brechin and mushrooms from Speyside are delicious, the Scottish beef is the kitchen's pièce de résistance - it's hung for 21 days, prepared by the in-house butcher and served grilled to your liking. Pair with a dram of Hine cognac or a malt whisky for the ultimate Scottish evening.

Address

Linlithgow West Lothian EH49 7LU

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Killiehuntly Farmhouse

This tranquil oasis hidden in the Highlands pairs contemporary Danish design with Scottish farmhouse traditions. An emphasis is placed on connecting with the "then and now" - inside, televisions are replaced with crackling fires surrounded by sofas draped in furs, days are spent braving the Scottish elements and hiking through the rugged hinterlands, and food is served on communal dining tables that place focus on friendly chit-chat. Feast on locally sourced, homemade meals made by in-house chef Tom, with seasonal dishes consisting of freshly caught fish and meats served with fruit and vegetables harvested from the gardens.

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Kingussie PH21 1NZ