Take three: Outposts of the Gaeltacht

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  • 4 September 2008

An Lochan
340 Crow Road, Glasgow, 0141 338 6606, www.anlochan.co.uk
Previously the Café Royal, outpost of the Royal Hotel in Tighnabruaich, both venues took on the An Lochan ('the small loch') moniker a couple of years ago. More recently the McKie family added the Tormaukin Country Inn, up the glen from Gleneagles, to the collection.

Stac Polly
29-33 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, 0131 556 2231, www.stacpolly.com
Gaelic was never much in vogue in Edinburgh as a language or a source of names, yet there are three sister restaurants in Edinburgh named after the striking Stac Pollaidh ('peak of the marshes') in Coigach, north of Ullapool. Unsurprisingly, they're about as Scottish as good taste allows.

North Pier, Oban, 01631 565 666, www.eeusk.com
The name's generated by a phonetic rendition of éisg, Gaelic for fish, and this modern, glass-walled restaurant on the old pier in Oban is the landmark place to eat in the ferry port, offering the best views out over the harbour as well as a long menu of seafood options.

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