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Tonic (Pub, Dundee)

What was Popl Nero's has now had a refit, makeover and been given the new name Tonic. What hasn't changed is the excellent food, particularly if you like burgers - one side of the A3 menu is taken up by various different burgers, there must be 30 different kinds! 18th January 2006ce

Grog & Gruel (Pub, Fort William, Inverness-shire)

Excellent pub with a good atmosphere, and a handful of guest ales on tap. The food is amazing, especially the veggie quesadillas 8th November 2004ce

Farr Cottage Activity Centre (Youth Hostel, Fort William)

Possibly the most laid-back hostel you'll ever stay in. Friendly place with a licensed bar and good showers. 28th September 2004ce

Crianlarich Youth Hostel (Youth Hostel, Crianlarich)

We got here after walking all day in torrential rain and gale force winds, and despite shaking with cold and being drenched through, we were made to stand for over half an hour filling in forms and membership cards - we were so cold that we couldn't sign our cards because of the shakes.

Then when that ordeal was over, the showers went cold after a couple of minutes. Anyone familiar with YHA and SYHA hostels will know that there are all kinds of rules, such as the front door being locked at 11:30 and lights out at 11:45.

Altogether a disappointing and unfriendly experience.
28th September 2004ce

Inversnaid Bunkhouse (Youth Hostel, Inversnaid)

This place is excellent, no other word for it!

We weren't planning on staying here, but torrential rain an rapidly-approaching darkness forced our hand. The Inversnaid Hotel phoned up for us, and we got the last 2 beds. They even drove down to pick us up!

The hostel itself is a converted church. Downstairs are the bunkhouse rooms and drying room, while upstairs is an open-plan dining and lounging area. There's a fantastic music system, TV, DVD player, Playstation and licensed cafe area, while outside is a jacuzzi, and massages can be arranged.

There's one meal option each night, but the food is home-cooked and great. The night we were there it was pasta bolognese, and with just half an hour's notice Marion cooked me a special vegetarian meal which was delicious. Breakfast was equally good.
28th September 2004ce

The Highland Way Hotel (Pub, Balmaha)

Excellent atmosphere, decent beers, good food and a friendly place. The fire is gas though - booo!

This hotel / bar has now closed down.

However bunkhouse accommodation is still available on site, run by the Rowardennan Hotel.
28th September 2004ce

Balmaha Bunkhouse Lodge (Youth Hostel, Balmaha)

Clean rooms, not much room in the rooms though. Breakfast is at 8 or 9 sharp - remember to say if you're a vegetarian the night before, I woke up to sausage, bacon, egg, tomato, pancake and beans. The vegetarian option was the same breakfast minus the sausage and bacon. 28th September 2004ce

Rowardennan Hotel (Hotel, Rowardennan)

Only made a brief stop here for some lunch, but the food was excellent (cheese and spring onion in a toasted ciabatta), as was the Guinness. 28th September 2004ce

The Drovers Inn (Pub, Inverarnan)

You won't believe this place! From the outside it looks like it's falling down. The only clue to the treats inside is that the car park is full, whereas the smarter pub across the road has an empty one.

Once you go into the hallway, you're confronted with all kinds of stuffed animals, a suit of armour and so on. The bar itself is chock-full of old paintings, claymores, and kilt-wearing barmen, as well as a huge log fire.

The bar food is fairly standard, although they do have haggis (and vegetarian haggis) toasties, but it's the stmosphere you come here for.

Be warned though, this place is popular, and is on the route of at least one of the round-Scotland minibus tours.
28th September 2004ce

Green Welly Stop (Restaurant, Tyndrum)

Large restaurant with a wide range of good meals, from soup and sandwiches to steak and chips, vegetarian options, and home-baking.

There's also a takeaway section with tea, coffee, sandwiches and a huge selection of fudges!
28th September 2004ce

Bridge of Orchy Hotel (Hotel, Bridge of Orchy)

Quite simply an absolute treat!

We stayed in the bunkhoue behind the hotel which was fairly basic but had excellent showers and a good drying room.

The hotel itself looks great, the bar is friendly - full of locals, walkers and tourists - and has a great selection of whiskies. The menu is quite pricey (by my standards! £10+ for a main course) but well worth it - I can reccommend the "Galette of tomatoes" - and no, I didn't know what a galette was beforehand either!
28th September 2004ce

The Rod & Reel (Pub, Crianlarich)

Friendly pub with a decent menu, ok selection of beers, and good selection of whiskies. 28th September 2004ce

Macdonald Hotel / All Seasons Cabins & Campsite (Hotel, Kinlochleven)

We stayed in the wooden cabins out on the shore of the loch at the back of the hotel, which were comfortable and clean.

The walkers' bar is cool, with a decent menu and the usual selection of beers. Breakfast was served in here the next morning, with the option of a continental or full Scottish.

They also do packed lunches for taking away.
28th September 2004ce

Antler Bar (Pub, Kinlochleven)

If you like your pubs quirky and full of character in an odd way, this is the pub for you in Kinlochleven. You'll be lucky to find other non-locals in here, but you will be made welcome by the regulars. An excellent pint of Guinness, decor not changed since the 60s, non-flashing coloured spotlights sunk into the ceiling, and a vicious cat made for a most enjoyable night! 28th September 2004ce

Tailrace Inn (Pub, Kinlochleven)

Had a couple of decent ales, but the food is very average. After a hard day on the West Highland Way, I'd have settled for anything, but the microwaved lasagne and microwaved macaroni cheese won't have coinnosseurs getting excited.

Pudding was also microwaved, and - I kid you not - arrived literally 60 seconds after we ordered it! The apple pie had clearly been heated in a nuclear reactor, and the "cream" it was accompanied by was of the spray-on variety.

Also, prawns and tuna both appeared on the vegetarian menu!
28th September 2004ce

Ski-ing Doo (Restaurant, Aviemore)

fantastic wee restaurant on the main street in Aviemore with an excellent atmosphere and great food. good selection of veggie options (the veggie burger is highly recommended!) as well as meatier options

the hot chocolate is also fantastic!
31st July 2004ce

The Last Drop (Pub, Edinburgh)

excellent wee pub in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. good food and beer, especially the haggis (veggie and meat options).

does get busy around the Festival time, but then where doesn't?!
31st July 2004ce

Cafe Continental (Cafe, Gourock)

this is a cafe/restaurant during the day, and a pub at night. there are fantastic views of the Firth of Clyde from the cafe area through the back. 1st September 2003ce

Crofters Cafe Bar (Pub, Rosemarkie)

not as good as the Plough Inn for drinks or atmosphere, I think we were the only non-locals in here. but it's still friendly enough, and handily-placed half-way on the way back from the Plough Inn to the campsite at Rosemarkie 25th August 2003ce

Culloden Visitor Centre Restaurant (Restaurant, Inverness)

this place was a lifesaver when we visited, providing a hearty breakfast of lentil soup and coffee after a heavy night at the Plough Inn the night before! there is a good range of food and drinks, including home-made soups, hot meals, sandwiches, scones, cakes etc and even packed lunches 25th August 2003ce

The Inn at Strathyre (Pub, Strathyre)

this is a very friendly pub, with a good mix of locals and visitors. the beer is good, and they also do excellent pizzas, famous in the area. the barman has an obsession with an 80s music video channel, but The Bangles go surprisingly well with a pint of Guinness. this is by far the best pub in Strathyre - we went a wandering after a couple here, but soon came back and settled in for the evening, and that was us until 2:30 25th August 2003ce

Rosemarkie Caravan and Camping Site (Camping Site, Rosemarkie)

this campsite is spectacularly-set right on the edge of the sea at Rosemarkie, with easy access on to the beach. this is apparently a great spot for dolphin-watching, although the proximity of the Plough Inn hindered our attempts at this! most of the clientele seem to be caravanners, but ours weren't the only tents. the site is part of the Camping and Caravanning Club, but non-members can also stay

the people who run it are very friendly, and the showers were good - not coin operated like some places. they even did us a half-price deal even though we weren't members. but the best thing about it is the location!
25th August 2003ce

Plough Inn (Pub, Rosemarkie)

a great wee pub not far from the end of the seafront in Rosemarkie. the beer's good, and the owner/barman is very friendly. there's space to sit outside either on a couple of benches either side of the front door, or in a beer garden to the side 25th August 2003ce

Tulloch Guest House (Bed & Breakfast, by Pitlochry)

this B&B is run by Jacky and Malcolm Catterall - they have a website here:
10th August 2003ce

Tonic (Pub, Dundee)

A lovely purple pub, great for people-watching as the windows look out onto the Perth Road/Nethergate. Great food (especially the veggie burgers with mango chutney) and good beers, excellent hot chocolates (ask for it with all the trimmings) and coffee. Oh, and they have absinthe too! Very friendly, and popular with students. 22nd July 2003ce

Immervoulin Caravan & Camping Park (Camping Site, Strathyre)

A clean and friendly campsite on the south edge of Strathyre, just down the A84 from the end of Loch Earn and Edinchip. Quiet setting by the river, with walks down to Loch Lubnaig. Decent toilet/shower facilities, and a shop. 22nd July 2003ce

Willy Wallace Hostel (Youth Hostel, Stirling)

Very close to both the railway station and the bus station.
22nd July 2003ce

Sheriffmuir Inn (Restaurant, by Dunblane)

If you think this looks like a typical country pub from the outside, just wait until you get inside! Standing isolated on the (sometimes) bleak wastes of Sheriffmuir, this is a fantastic restaurant which inside looks more mediterannean than anything else. The menu is excellent, and about as far from pie and chips as you can get.

It was part of the Bouzy Rouge chain (there are other restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh) although it changed hands again recently, but the food is apparently still modern with a Scottish twist. Good ales too!
22nd July 2003ce

Drouthy Neebors (Pub, Stirling)

Good pub popular with students, tourists and locals. Good beer and food. 22nd July 2003ce

Settle Inn (Pub, Stirling)

Small pub with a good atmosphere and an even better ceiling. On the hill up to the Castle, when you walk in there's a big, dark wood bar. Great ales! Moving towards the back of the pub you see the vaulted ceiling in all it's glory - stunning! 22nd July 2003ce

The Famous Bein Inn (Pub, Glenfarg)

An excellent pub and restaurant, especially for those who love music. All kinds of people come here to play, including Curtis Stigers (remember him?!) last year! 22nd July 2003ce

Breadalbane Arms Hotel (Pub, Aberfeldy)

A lively and friendly pub popular with locals and tourists alike. Good food and beer. Also a hotel. 22nd July 2003ce

Black Watch Inn (Pub, Aberfeldy)

An excellent and friendly pub close to the cross-roads in Aberfeldy where you leave for the Carse Farm I & Carse Farm II.

There is a beer garden at the back, which is a great place to be in the summer. Good puddings too!
22nd July 2003ce

Meikleour Hotel (Pub, Perthshire)

pub and hotel in the tiny village of Meikleour. the pub is tiny and friendly, with a decent selection of beers. there's seating outside in summer. the hotel serves meals to non-residents 28th June 2003ce

Drouthy Neebors (Pub, Dundee)

a pub with a great atmosphere, popular with a wide cross-section of people, but in particular art students from the college across the road. great food, and a good selection of beers 28th June 2003ce

Laing's Bar (Pub, Dundee)

not as great as some for beers, but good food. a great summer pub - there's an extensive beer garden down the hill behind the pub. 28th June 2003ce

The Phoenix (Pub, Dundee)

this is the best pub in Dundee by far! untouched by the bland hands of the big chains, there's a great, friendly atmosphere. beers are good, and the food is excellent. I can highly recommend the spicy bean burger with curly fries - especially on the lunchtime after the night before! 28th June 2003ce

Famous Grouse Experience (Restaurant, Crieff)

decent restaurant in the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret distillery near Crieff 26th June 2003ce

Kirkstyle Inn (Pub, Dunning)

Excellent food, good beers, and very friendly staff and atmosphere. Good puddings too, and only a stone's throw from the Dupplin Cross and the Dunning standing stone. Well worth a visit! 26th June 2003ce

Robert Menzies delicatessen & coffee shop (Cafe, Dunkeld)

The Robert Menzies delicatessen & coffee shop does great sandwiches, and is also a good place to stop off for a coffee. The delicatessen section is well-stocked with local produce, and has a good selection of wines. 26th June 2003ce

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