You might think Boxing Day is a sad because it marks the end of Christmas, but in Scottish terms, it also means the perfect time to get outdoors for a walk in the park or a long countryside hike. So if you’re out wandering and looking for a great place to rest and recharge your batteries, here’s our list of the best spots to head after a Boxing Day walk in Scotland.
Butterfly and the pig: after a walk in Glasgow Southside
If you live in Glasgow, you must have heard of this one. And if you still haven’t tried it, you are definitely missing out on something big! This shabby-chic restaurant is the perfect spot to head after a walk in the Southside’s Queen’s Park. These guys have quirky menus that vary day to day, using only fresh, local ingredients. From everyone’s favourites plates like burgers and fish and chips, to more sophisticated dishes, this restaurant is open all day, everyday. Head along for lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea: you won’t be disappointed.
Lebowskis: after a walk in Edinburgh
Have an amazing walk in the famous Holyrood park of Edinburg before heading to the cool, chilled-out Lebowskis. Only a few minutes away from the park, this authentic dog-friendly pub offers “the very best Scotland has to offer”. From BLT and brie melt, to Thai chicken and Moroccan falafel, these guys specialise in all kinds of awesome burgers. And if burgers aren’t your cup of tea, they’ve plenty of other dishes to tantalize your taste buds. Also, their brunches are pretty amazing, so order yourself a good Bloody Mary and start the day the right way.
The Waterside: after a walk in Inverness
If you’re exploring the impressive mountains and glens of Inverness, you might want to take a lunch break at the Waterside restaurant. Located in the heart of the city, this well-known little gem serves great traditional tasty meals “with a modern creative flair”. From every table, you can look towards the impressive River Ness while devouring amazing local dishes. Special announcement to the gluten-free guys: this spot has dozens of options for you; from breakfast to lunch, dinner, or brunch. You might want to book in advance cause they’re usually pretty packed.
Vito’s Ristorante Pizzeria: after a walk in Ayr
Are you starting to get a bit peckish after a long day walking around Ayr? We’ve got you covered. When you feel like you’ve sweated enough, cool off at Vito’s Ristorante with some delish Italian treats. Located in front of the historic Burns Statue Square, this authentic restaurant will fulfil your carb craving for the whole month. Order a stone-baked pizza, some traditionally-made pasta or have a burger, a steak, seafood or a homemade dessert. This place certainly won’t fail to satisfy you. Come with your friends, lover, or your entire family, Vito’s Ristorante welcome parties of all sizes!
Fiddler’s: after a walk in Loch Ness
If you’re visiting the famous Loch Ness but haven’t caught a glimpse of the monster cause the damn boy has been hiding for years, stop at Fiddler’s and cheer up with a traditional Scottish meal. This popular restaurant has won awards for both its haggis and whisky selections. Sounds like the perfect combination, right? Located precisely in front of the famous Loch, this hotel restaurant offers different menus and has something for everyone. Wait no more, book your table and get ready for the Fiddler’s experience.
The Drovers Inn: after a walk in Loch Lomond
Whether you’re around North Loch Lomond for a walk,a hike, or to climb the whole mountain, The Drovers Inn is the spot to relax and refuel. This authentic and charming mansion cooks amazing traditional dishes with a side order of old fashioned hospitality. Stop by for lunch, dinner, or the whole night and this quirky hotel will make you enjoy the full Scottish experience. And if you love ghosts stories, rumour has it the house has been haunted for many years. Nothing to worry about though, just a bunch of harmless ghosts wandering around…