Scotland's 'greatest' islands that are best for food and beaches crowned

Rainbow forming over sea and Crossapol Beach on Isle of Tiree, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.
Crossapol Beach was one of the beaches singled out -Credit:Wayne Hutchinson/Farm Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The "greatest" Scottish islands that are "best for beaches" and "best for foodies" have been crowned.

While the weather across Scotland has taken a dip in recent days, things are once again looking up. Temperatures are set to rise this weekend above 20 degrees Celsius in parts of the country.

With sun and warmth forecast over the next few days, it is the perfect opportunity to plan a getaway. While there is no shortage of scenic spots on the mainland to enjoy, there is something special about a trip to a Scottish island.

There are dozens upon dozens of isles off the mainland that would make for a lovely picturesque day trip or staycation, which can make deciding where to head easier said than done. Fortunately, The Telegraph has shared a list of "Scotland's 10 greatest islands" to help narrow it down.

Among the islands singled out by the publication, describing it as the one that is "best for foodies", is Skye. Known for its diverse culinary scene, Skye is home to everything from rustic gastropubs to Michelin-starred restaurants.

In particular, The Telegraph praised the highly acclaimed Three Chimneys. Situated within a cosy loch-side crofter's cottage, the fine dining restaurant serves up dishes including roasted curry monkfish, double hand dives Sconser scallops, and Three Chimneys Haggis.

Three Chimneys
The Telegraph applauded the "legendary" and "brilliantly reborn" Three Chimneys -Credit:Google Maps

Meanwhile, as we reported that Café Cùil on Skye was recently named as one of the best brunch spots in Scotland — offering everything from soups and toasties to beans on toast. Elsewhere, iconic food writer and television personality Nigella Lawson previously praised the island's family-run Stein Inn for its "magnificent" fish and chips.

For those looking to make the most of the warmer weather with a trip to the coast, The Telegraph named the island of Coll as the "best for beaches" in the country. Beloved by locals and visitors alike for its various sandy bays, the isle is the perfect destination for those looking for some peace and quiet this May.

The two beaches that received particular praise from the newspaper are Crossapol and Feall. The former is the largest beach on the island and features a huge dune complex and views out towards the islands of Colonsay and Islay, while the latter is home to diverse rock pools that young ones especially will get a kick out of.

The full list of "Scotland's 10 greatest islands" can be found on The Telegraph website.

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