Travel Writers' Secrets: Favorite Places to Eat in Ireland and Scotland

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Jul 20, 2010 / 2 comments

I've got a GREAT list of travel tips for you! For our upcoming trip to Ireland and Scotland, I contacted several of my favorite travel writers and asked them for their top tips.  With their answers, we’ll share a series of ten articles on travel planning, airlines, traveling with kids, tips for Scotland and Ireland, and more.


Thus far, we've shared:

Top Airline Tips

Top Travel Planning

Money for Travel or While Traveling

for Kids in Ireland and Scotland

Favorite Places in Ireland

Favorite Places in Scotland


Here you are - Favorite Places To Eat in Ireland and Scotland!


In Ireland try and take the kids to a Gaelic speaking Restaurant. Suss out the Gaelic speaking (Gaeltacht) areas of the country where the old language is spoken in preference to English.

Trish Clark,




Food is pretty bad, except breakfast generally. We did have a fabulous breakfast at a B&B near Findhorn…one of the best in my life.

Jeanne at Soultravelers3,



*Danano’s in Derry City in Northern Ireland - best pizza in Ireland. I like to get it for takeaway and go sit by the river (it’s near the River Foyle) or up on the city walls.
*There are dozens of cafes and restaurants along Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, from pubs that aim for the university student crowd to quiet tea shops, to Indian restaurants both high end and casual, to fish and chop takeaways. Pick a section of the street, walk along and take your choice as to what looks good.

Kerry Dexter,



Because I love to be surprised at mealtime, I vote for the restaurant in Edinburgh named 21212 ( Paul Kitching is the Michelin-starred chef and he whips up a five-course dinner menu with choices of two appetizers, a soup, two main courses, a cheese course and two desserts -- hence the name 21212 -- that are saturated with an unexpected marriage of disparate flavors. Think flank steak paired with a blue cheese and pecan tart. Sounds odd, but it works. Eating here is a splurge but if you're a foodie, this is your place.

Jeanine Barone,



Ireland: The B & B with cooking school, Berry Lodge at Miltown Malbay.

A new-ish restaurant in Miltown Malbay, The Old Bakehouse, surprised us with a large menu of fabulous food with local ingredients. Gourmet food in a casual atmosphere.

Vera Marie Badertscher,



Places near the coast often have very good seafood. Both countries can be a bit hit n miss outside of tourist areas so again use the guide books, tourist info centres & local recommendations

Zoe Dawes,



Ireland: Kilkenny Design Craft Centre for lunch, namely potato leek soup and fresh brown bread; Kytler’s Inn for a traditional Irish dinner and anything served with parsley sauce; Abrakebabra for late night, post pub fare; and wandering through the aisles of any local grocery chain for various flavors of crisps and Crunchie bars.

Morgen Young,



Deacon House Café/Chippie. Deacon House is a small café on the Royal Mile (Edinburgh) that offers small sandwiches and beer. Rather than being a tourist haven like Deacon Brodie’s, the much smaller and well-hidden café serves lunch mostly to businessmen. For a more authentic Scottish meal, any chip shop (or Chippies) will have deep fried fish and chips as well as the famous haggis.

Michael Orr,


Mussel Inn, Edinburgh

Mussel Inn, Edinburgh - from Foodie Finds: 7 Best Places to Eat in Scotland



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Comments (2)

  • pen4hire

    13 years 10 months ago

    I couldn't disagree more with Jeanne--our experience in Southern Island showed a new Irish cuisine with fresh locally grown produce and yummy baked goods. Ordinary pubs serve next to nothing, but there are pub/restaurants that serve great traditional food. We were pleasantly surprised with all the good food we found--and we don't eat at the most expensive places, either.


    Vera Marie Badertscher

  • Kerry Dexter

    13 years 10 months ago

    I've found good food in pubs, perhaps a limiited selection at times, but decent stuff. and seems to me every town in Ireland has at least one Chinese take away, where the food is often quite good. Indian and Italian restaurants, cafes, and take aways are qute common as well.

    Kerry Dexter

    Music Editor,

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