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VegetarianVisitor Guide to Scotland 2018

Vegetarian-friendly accommodation & eating out in the Scottish Borders  Dumfries and Galloway  Edinburgh  Fife  Glasgow  the Scottish Highlands  the Western Scottish Islands, Mull and Skye

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With over 11,000 km of coastline, hundreds of islands, majestic mountains in the Highlands, delightful canals, rivers and lochs, the sweeping valleys and heather-clad moorlands of the Borders, and a wealth of wildlife, the beauty of Scotland will take your breath away. Enjoy great walks along the shores of Loch Lomond; do some climbing in the Cairngorms, the Grampian mountains, where you will find Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain, or the Arrochar Alps; stroll along the pristine rivers and lochs, full of wild salmon and trout.

Scotland has a rich and colourful history. Stone circles, thought to date back 5,000 years, are scattered across Scotland's islands. The mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, Fort George northeast of Inverness, was built by the English king as the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest after the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie. And you will find castles, abbeys and cathedrals everywhere.

Romantic Inveraray Castle on the shore of Loch Fyne in Argyll is one of Scotland's finest stately homes, while Cawdor Castle, near Nairn, is famed for its connection with Shakespeare's Macbeth, although the actual 11th-century events on which the play is based took place well before the castle was built. The Castle of Mey in Caithness belonged to the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Glamis Castle near Forfar in Angus was her childhood home. The magnificent ruins of a motte and bailey castle dating from the 12th century, Castle Huntly in Aberdeenshire, sheltered Robert the Bruce in the 14th century. Dunvegan Castle on Skye, built on a rock in an idyllic loch setting, is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of Chiefs of the Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

In 563 AD St Columba and his followers came from Ireland to the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull, to spread the gospel in Scotland and the north of England, and the island retains a spiritual atmosphere. The restored medieval abbey, in front of which stands the magnificent 10th-century St Martin's Cross, still holds daily services. Visiting the island is a very special experience.

With more than 4,500 listed buildings, Scotland's capital Edinburgh is world-renowned for its rich architectural heritage. Edinburgh Castle's oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century, but building went on for centuries after that. The castle houses the Honours (i.e. Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th-century gun Mons Meg and the National War Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh's New Town has imposing squares of Georgian houses and among other treasures to be found in this great city are the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, St Giles Cathedral, the Scott Monument and Craigmillar Castle, one of the most perfectly preserved castles in the country. The Edinburgh Fringe is the largest art festival in the world and is just one of several festivals taking place in August each year.

The birthday of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns (1759-96) , of Auld Lang Syne fame, is celebrated each year on 25 January with Burns Night and references to him can be found everywhere, while Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), whose Ivanhoe is perhaps the best-known of his many novels, is particularly connected with the Borders, where he spent much of his leisure time exploring because of his great interest in the old Border tales and ballads.

And then there are the distilleries, many of which can be visited, the galleries and museums, the abbeys, the bagpipes, the seals and dolphins ...

Entries are grouped alphabetically by county, then town or village, then name.


Scottish Borders


Hartleap Bed and Breakfast

tel 01750 82363

Yarrow Valley, near Selkirk TD7 5NQ



Hartleap Bed and Breakfast Borders Scotland

Stay in an idyllic rural setting only an hour's drive from Edinburgh. Experience peace and quiet in a 1.5 acre garden; an active break with world-class mountain biking nearby, or walking in the surrounding unspoilt Border hills. Enjoy a delicious dinner using produce from the garden and then relax by a log fire! Comfort and style create a luxurious retreat with just one double room for guests.

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Cafés, restaurants, pubs

Damascus Drum Cafe Hawick Borders Scotland Vegetarian

Damascus Drum Café & Bookshop, tel 07707 856123, 2 Silver Street, Hawick TD9 0AD

Website:, email: See display advert above.

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Whitmuir The Organic Place, tel 01968 661908 (office) and 01968 661147 (café), Whitmuir Farm, Lamancha, nr West Linton (16 miles south of Edinburgh) EH46 7BB

A mixed working organic farm just 16 miles south of Edinburgh, rearing livestock and also growing seasonal veg and salad crops. All the food is sold in their award winning shop and served in their organic café where we always have good options for vegetarians, vegans and people with special dietary requirements. Whitmuir also delivers. This is an open farm so you are welcome to walk round. Website; email

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Dumfries & Galloway


The Barn Retreats -   ***OFFERS AVAILABLE***

tel 01387 880720

The Barn, Kirkbean DG2 8DW



The Barn Retreats, Kirkbean, Dumfries and Galloway

We're a small vegetarian/vegan retreat centre, situated on the lovely Solway coast, one mile from the sea, 12 miles south of Dumfries, 48 miles north-west of Carlisle, 2 hours from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.

The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden and small river. As far as possible we source organic, local, fair trade food. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

The area is good for cycling and walking. There are bird reserves, beaches, golf courses and interesting small towns, renowned for regular festivals throughout the year.

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Cafés, restaurants, pubs

Abbey Cottage, tel 01387 850377, 26 Main Street, New Abbey, Dumfries DG2 8BY   C a org F


Pink Flamingo Vintage Tea Room, tel 01387 810883, 6A Bruce Street, Lochmaben DG11 1PD   C L a w org F



Winter Cherry B&B

tel 0131 554 6605, mobile 07982 231478

46 Pilrig Street, Edinburgh EH6 5AL



Winter Cherry Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh Scotland

You will be given a key to your room on arrival, so that you can come and go as you please. Continental breakfast is served in the kitchen overlooking the back garden and if the weather has been kind, and the season is right, this may include greengages, apples, pears and blackberries from our garden. It will always include delicious artisan bread from Herbies, a renowned Edinburgh delicatessen, a freshly made smoothie, organic home-made Bircher muesli, yoghurt, fruit juices, Scottish cheeses, oatcakes and a selection of cereals and jams, as well as tea and coffee. Please check our website for details and to book.

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Cafés, restaurants, pubs

David Bann Restaurant, tel 0131 556 5888, 56-58 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SX   R L c


Filmhouse Café/Bar

tel 0131 229 5932

88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ



Filmhouse Cafe, Bar, Edinburgh Scotland

Serving traditional and International food from light snacks and breakfast to full meals, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

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Henderson’s Holyrood, tel 0131 557 1606, 67 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU

Henderson's Holyrood is serving fresh vegetarian and vegan food from 8.30am - 8.30pm. With a wide range of cooked breakfasts, lunch and table service evening dining. Facebook:, email, website

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Henderson's Salad Table Restaurant, tel 0131 225 2131, 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR

Scotland’s legendary vegetarian restaurant, offering delicious, wholesome food, nightly live music and fabulous contemporary art in the Janet Henderson Gallery. 8am til late Monday-Saturday. Email, website

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Henderson's Shop & Deli, tel 0131 225 6694, 92 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR

The Shop & Deli offers a large range of Henderson's classic dishes to eat in or take away, whilst also showcasing the best organic produce we can find. It is the ideal destination to pop into when you are enjoying the centre of Scotland's capital city. Email, website

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Henderson’s Vegan, tel 0131 225 2605, 25 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DX

Elegant, intimate yet relaxed, Henderson's Vegan offers a tempting range of international flavours. Open seven days from noon. Email, website

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Kalpna Restaurant, tel 0131 667 9890, 2-3 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh EH8 9EZ.   R L c


Viva Mexico Restaurant, tel 0131 226 5145, 41 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BS.   R L a


Cafés, restaurants, pubs

Pillars of Hercules, tel 01337 857749, Strathmiglo Road, Falkland KY15 7AD

Award-winning organic farm shop and café, serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals. Open 7 days a week. Visit for further information.

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Glasgow and Central Scotland

Cafés, restaurants, pubs

The Flying Duck, tel 0141 564 1450, 142 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3AU   R/C/Bar L d org F


mono, tel 0141 553 2400, 12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow G1 5RB.   C/Bar L d w org


STEREO, tel 0141 222 2254, 20-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 6PH   C/Bar L d w org


The 78, tel 0141 576 5018, 14 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow G3 8NU.   C/Bar L d w org

The Scottish Highlands


Nevis View

tel 01397 772447, mobile 07570 133425,14 Farrow Drive, Corpach, Fort William, Inverness-shire, Highland PH33 7JW. Email:

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Cuildorag House

tel 01855 821529

Onich, near Fort William, Inverness-shire, Highland PH33 6SD



Cuildorag House Fort William Inverness Highland Scotland Ben Nevis Glencoe Guest House Vegetarian

Stay and relax in our comfortable Victorian house set amongst spectacular lochs and mountains. Large delicious breakfasts and evening meals (often organic and from the garden). Days walking, mountain biking, touring, exploring Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Ardnamurchan, castles, steam trains…

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tel 01854 612955

Rhue, Ullapool, Ross-shire IV26 2TJ



Suilven Bed and Breakfast, Ullapool, Ross-shire,Scotland

Enjoy a warm, homely welcome at Suilven B&B: vegetarian, vegan and special diets; home-made, local, Fairtrade, organic products in a self-built, environmentally friendly, zero CO2 house with spectacular views over Loch Broom.

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Cafés, restaurants, pubs

Riva Restaurant, tel 01463 237377, 4-6 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 3NE.   R L a org F


Courtyard Café Cawdor Castle, tel 01667 404401, Cawdor, Nairn, Inverness-shire IV12 5RD.   C L a w org F (open 1st May to 2nd October)


Tina's Tearoom at the Station, tel 01349 865894, Station Square, Dingwall, Ross-shire IV15 9JD.   C a


The Ceilidh Place, tel 01854 612103, West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Ross-shire IV26 2TY.   R/C/P L a w org F

The Western Scottish Islands - Skye and Mull


The Old Croft House Vegetarian B&B

tel 01470 532375

6 Carbost, Skeabost Bridge, by Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9PD



Old Croft House Portree Isle of Skye Vegetarian B&B

Come for a relaxing stay in our beautiful 19th-century croft house. We aim to provide a B&B experience that is a bit special, with stunning views, breakfasts that are truly indulgent and great hosts, who will really look after you.

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Cafés, restaurants, pubs

Ninth Wave Restaurant, tel 01681 700757, Bruach Mhor, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull PA66 6BL.   R L a


Ellishadder Gallery and Tea Room, tel 01470 562734, Ellishadder, near Staffin, Isle of Skye IV51 9JE.   C c w org F