You’ll dine among Scottish families at the well-loved Mustard Seed, a 28-table restaurant in a former church with soaring ceilings. The menu changes weekly, but if it’s available, try the sea bass served with peas and pancetta, or the braised venison haunch and sausage stew with a confit-garlic mash.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
While a castle of some kind or another has stood on these grounds since the 11th century, the current 1836 red sandstone fortress is the work of architect William Burn, who also built St. John's Episcopal Church in Edinburgh. Travelers can’t go inside—the structure is home to the local Sheriff’s court—but the surrounding tree-filled public grounds are worth exploring.
This small museum gives a peek into the history of the Scottish Highlands. There’s a spectacular collection of silver, weapons, and bagpipes. And check out the curator’s favorite: a wooden seat and footrest used at the local Melville’s Shoe Shop from 1896 until 2003, when the store closed.
With any luck, you’ll be able to cross a Nessie-spotting off your travel bucket list after this four-hour tour through the Scottish glens. Even if she doesn’t surface, the loch is worth a visit for its romantic wooded banks and placid waters. Continue to keep an eye out for the lake monster when you stop by Urquhart Castle; some say she lives in a cave beneath the waterfront ruins.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.