Cen­tral/east­ern High­lands

Country Life Every Week - - Let’s Go Fly A Kite -

The Oys­ter­catcher, Portma­homack, Easter Ross The pic­turesque fish­ing vil­lage of seafront houses and ware­houses, some more than 300 years old, is sit­u­ated on the east­ern tip of the Fearn penin­sula, yet, un­usu­ally, it faces west, so it en­joys wa­tery sun­sets across the Dornoch Firth. Over­look­ing Telford’s lit­tle har­bour, The Oys­ter­catcher is a sea­sonal restau­rant (April to Oc­to­ber, Wed­nes­day to Satur­day evenings plus Sun­day lunch) that also does B&B. The own­ers make their own but­ter, keep ducks and quails and stock 300 malt whiskies. Try the three-course Auld Al­liance Diner, punc­tu­ated by lit­tle ap­pe­tis­ers, Monarch o’ the Glen Par­fait or Oys­ters Carnegie. How to get there About a one-hour drive, up the A9, to Tain from In­ver­ness, then across the Fearn penin­sula to Portma­homack Re­mote­ness rat­ing 5

(01862 871560; www.the- oys­ter­catcher.co.uk)

Monachyle Mhor, Balquhid­der, Loc­hearn­head, Perthshire A fam­ily-run ho­tel in an 18th-cen­tury lochside farm­house ‘in the mid­dle of nowhere’, of­fer­ing ‘lux­ury bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion’ and a restau­rant headed by the award­win­ning hunter-gath­erer chef Tom Lewis, who works won­ders with veni­son, black­face lamb and Scot­tish seafood. Closed for two weeks in Jan­uary. How to get there About 1½-hour’s drive from Perth along the A85, then the A84, you’ll find it four miles down a sin­gle-track lane on the wooded banks of Loch Voil Re­mote­ness rat­ing 7

(01877 384622; http://mhor.net/monachyle-mhor-ho­tel)

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