THOSE of a certain vintage will no doubt remember a time in the not too distant past when Scotland’s culinary prowess was less than salubrious.

Restaurants often served plain, unimaginative fayre in surroundings that tended to be either bargain basement or overly formal and stuffy. Chicken in a basket or scampi was often as good as it got.

How things have changed. A foodie destination of choice, Scotland now boasts an endless list of great places to eat, some showcasing our wonderful local produce, others offering exotic flavours from around the world.

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With this in mind it is perhaps no surprise to find two Scottish restaurants in the UK top 10, according to travel rating website TripAdvisor.

The Three Chimneys in Colbot, on the Isle of Skye, takes the number five spot, and has long been delighting diners with its exciting and elegant take on classic Scottish flavours. As destination restaurants go, meanwhile, it’s dramatic lochside location makes it hard to beat.

The other eaterie to make the list is Edinburgh’s Aizle, which also serves up Scottish produce at its best.

Both of these restaurants are fine examples of Scotland’s proud new culinary tradition, but there are many more to be found up and down the country, from Glasgow’s trendy Finnieston to Inverness and beyond. We salute them all.