The Three Chimneys, Colbost, Isle of Skye
The Three Chimneys is located in the village of Colbost on the edge of the sea by Loch Dunegan in the Isle of Skye. The restaurant was once a crofter’s cottage – it is a traditional stone cottage with a slate roof, typical of those built in the early 1900s. The restaurant is only one of 6 Scottish restaurants to feature in the top 100 UK restaurants, a list produced by Restaurant Magazine.
The Three Chimneys was opened in 1984 by Scottish chef Shirley Spear and her husband Eddie. With two young children they were looking for a break from the frenetic pace of city life. Despite their lack of training the in the restaurant business they knew that they wanted to open a small bistro specialising in rustic Scottish dishes. They fell in love with the house by the sea in the Isle of Skye and opened up the Three Chimneys.
The interior is lit by candlelight, has the original fireplace and low, beamed ceilings. It is furnished with natural material such as slate and ironwork, has high backed chairs and plain wooden tables. The walls are decorated with work by local artists as well as the occasional artefact pulled up from the sea. The view from the windows shows the cottage garden as well as many aspects of the rugged Scottish sea.
The food at The Three Chimneys is a modern play on traditional Scottish food. The menu is created to represent the diversity of the food that can be found on the Isle of Skye. There are fish and shellfish from the sea and rivers, vegetables, herbs and mushrooms from the gardens and crofts, Skye lamb and highlander beef naturally reared in the Glens. At The Three Chimneys the wide selection of bread and oatcakes are made daily in the traditional kitchen. They also serve handmade cheeses, locally made table and chocolate and free-range eggs.
Tel: 01470 511258
Address: Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8ZT