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10 SCOTTISH HARBOURS & SEASIDE TOWNS YOU MUST VISIT

What a treat it is to be by the water in Scotland. Isn’t it nice to walk along a coastal path in the fresh air, stop for lunch at a seaside restaurant, and spend the night in a charming coastal cottage or cozy hotel?

We’ve chosen a selection of Scottish harbours and villages to inspire your next vacation, along with some gourmet ideas.

TOBERMORY, ISLE OF MULL

Tobermory
Tobermory

Tobermory, the capital of Mull, is one of the most beautiful ports in Scotland, thanks to its colorful homes and a sheltered bay where, legend has it, a Spanish Armada ship carrying gold bullion sank in 1588. Do you crave seafood? Café Fish, The Mishnish Hotel, and the Fisherman’s Pier Fish & Chip Van all serve hungry visitors.

MILLPORT, CUMBRAE ISLAND

Millport
Millport

Millport, the lone village on Cumbrae, located off the coast of Ayrshire, is home to Britain’s smallest cathedral, The Cathedral of the Isles. The local museum is also worth a look, especially if you like intriguing stories about 18th century smugglers. Crocodile boulder – a boulder painted to look like a crocodile – is a great photo opportunity! On your vacation to Cumbrae, stop at the Crocodile Chippy or Deep Sea Fish & Chip Shop for some fish and chips.

FIFE, PITTENWEEM

PITTENWEEM
PITTENWEEM

This picturesque East Neuk fishing community has a lovely port that comes alive every morning as the fishing boats return with their haul. The charming houses along Pittenweem’s coastline are constructed in traditional Fife architecture, with crow-step gables and red slate roofs. Pittenweem Fish & Chip Bar serves fish and chips, and Nicholson’s Ice Cream Shop serves ice cream.

OBAN AND ARGYLL

Oban
Oban

Oban, dubbed the “seafood capital,” offers a taste of the sea. This west coast town is surrounded by miles of stunning coastline and breathtaking scenery. Oban harbour is a major operating port that serves as a crucial lifeline to the adjacent Scottish islands. When it’s time to eat, there are several options, including Oban Seafood Hut, Ee-Usk, The Fisherman’s Kitchen, and Tralee Bay Fish & Chips.

PORTREE, SKYE ISLAND

Skye is known for its spectacular vistas, and Portree’s natural harbour is no exception. The harbour, which is surrounded by high hills and cliffs, is utilized by both fishing boats and recreational craft. Skye’s cultural center, with a variety of housing alternatives and gourmet specialties. Sea Breezes, The Lower Deck Seafood Restaurant, Cuchullin Restaurant, and The Harbour Fish & Chip Shop are among them.

ROSS, WESTER PLOCKTON

PLOCKTON
PLOCKTON

Plockton’s sheltered bay overlooks Loch Carron, a stunning Highland location! The waterfront near Plockton is frequently full of yachts and fishing boats, surrounded by a wild environment of heather and pine. Take a leisurely walk along the water’s edge or go for a boat ride. After that, dine on locally caught fish at a nearby restaurant. There are several options available, including The Harbour Fish Bar, Kishorn Seafood Bar, Plockton Inn, and Plockton Shores Restaurant.

ULLAPOOL, HIGHLANDS

Ullapool is a top outdoor destination with a plethora of activities right on its doorstep. There’s plenty to see, from the amazing biodiversity of Inverpolly National Nature Reserve to the Instagrammable peak of Stac Pollaidh. Ullapool Harbour, which has a strong fishing history, is also a gateway to the islands, with regular sailings to Stornoway. There are numerous venues to sample local seafood, including the Seafood Shack, The Seaforth Bar and Restaurant, and The Arch Inn Restaurant.

ST ABBS SCOTTISH BORDERS

St Abbs
St Abbs

If you’re a fan of Marvel’s Avengers movies, you might recognize this charming harbor town. St Abbs played the role of ‘New Asgard’ in the blockbuster film franchise. Photographers will enjoy St Abbs’ cliffs and historic fisherman’s cottages, and the nearby St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve is a lovely area to go for a walk. The Heathers Restaurant, The Ship Restaurant & Bar, and Ebb Carr’s are among the local places where you may sample the catch of the day.

EAST LOTHIAN, NORTH BERWICK

The East Lothian town of North Berwick has a lot of charm, and one of the main attractions is the busy harbour. The harbour area, which once housed an outdoor swimming pool, is now home to the Scottish Seabird Centre, where families may stop and learn about the Scottish coast before taking a walk along the beach. Visitors will enjoy eating fresh seafood at The Lobster Shack, Signals Bistro, or The Rocketeer Restaurant during the summer months.

LARGS AND AYRSHIRE

Largs is a traditional seaside holiday destination with distinctive pebble beaches and a boat marina. The Isle of Cumbrae is only a mile offshore. The island is accessible by ferry, and the famous Waverley Paddle Steamer makes journeys from Largs during the summer months. Looking for something to eat? Fresh seafood is available at Scotts Bar & Restaurant, Morris’ Seafood Café, and The Fish Works.

Maris Lopez
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