Skirling House - Approach

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Food plays an important part at Skirling House and with so many local producers on our doorstep we are spoilt for choice.

We enjoy good food. We enjoy seeing our guests enjoy good food. To this end, our approach to cooking is based on very simple principles. As far as possible, we use ingredients which are in season and local. This means, for example, that we serve soups made from summer vegetables in summer, and soups made from winter vegetables – our guests have a taste for celeriac, we find - in winter.

Our ingredients are sourced locally where possible, taking advantage of our being in some of the best farming country in Scotland and near to some of the leading Scottish craftsman-butchers. Our cheeses are sourced from the new generation of cheese-makers which has flourished locally in recent years, and we grow as much of our own fruit and vegetables as possible, making our own preserves and baking our own bread. Our eggs are from our own hens.

We use these ingredients with respect and sensitivity so that, while many of the classic dishes are presented in a fresh and insightful way, the cuisine remains true to its Scottish origins.






Breakfast follows exactly the same principles as dinner. The traditional Scottish cooked breakfast is prepared to the highest of standards and served freshly, and there is a different choice of cooked special on the blackboard each day. We also offer the full range of continental breakfast options, featuring our home made jams and preserves, local honey and freshly-squeezed juices, as well as stewed rhubarb or apple and a fruit compote which is a great favourite with guests. Fresh baked mini-muffins and fresh laid eggs are a specialty.


Dining at Skirling House, either by the log fire in the dining room in winter, or more usually in the conservatory overlooking the garden, is relaxed and convivial, with the honesty of the food matched by the charm of the setting. A four course set menu is served, with guest’s dislikes and intolerances asked about and taken into account in advance. We can cope with dairy free or gluten free diets and are happy to serve vegetarian options – so long as we know in advance.