Stenscholl, Staffin

A bustling restaurant with a warm atmosphere sited at the heart of the community, the Kilmartin River Cafe is a hugely popular and welcoming eatery in Staffin.

The restaurant is sited within the Staffin Community Hall complex and has a pleasant and relaxed ambience with large windows providing diners with views of Staffin Bay, Flodigarry Island and the crofting township of Garafad. 

Customers can choose from a wide range of food and drink options from throughout the day. The Kilmartin offers a comprehensive lunch and evening meal menu, which includes light snacks, home-baked cakes and a range of children’s menus, with the restaurant also fully licensed. There is also a range of burgers and innovative meals on the specials menu.

The Kilmartin River Cafe has been trading for several seasons now and has forged an excellent reputation with local woman Morag MacKenzie at the helm and an attentive and friendly team of staff.


Soup of the Day, served with bread and butter 

Sandwiches – Prawn Marie Rose; Tuna Mayonnaise; Cheese and Pickle (V); Honey Roast Ham and Homemade Coleslaw 

Ciabattas – Chorizo, Cheddar Cheese and Mango Chutney; Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato; Creamy Brie and Cranberry 

Baked Potatoes – Tuna Mayo; Prawn Marie Rose; Cheddar Cheese; Coronation Chicken 

Sandwiches, ciabattas and baked potatoes are served with salad leaves and freshly-made crunchy coleslaw.

Freshly Prepared Salads – Scottish Smoked Salmon Honey Roast Ham; Chicken Caesar; Caesar (V) 

Burgers – All burgers are served in a Brioche Bun with salad leaves, homemade coleslaw and thin-cut chips.

The Kilmartin Burger, a Scottish Beefburger topped with Bacon, Cheese and special recipe 

American-Style Chicken Breast Burger 

Vegetable Burger 

Traditional Favourites – Homemade Creamy Macaroni Cheese, served with salad leaves, homemade coleslaw and thin-cut chips 

Haddock in Homemade Beer Batter, served with thin-cut chips and salad leaves 

Side Orders – Thin Cut Chips; Onion Rings 


Starters – Homemade Soup of the Day 

Stornoway Black Pudding, served on a bed of salad leaves and caramelised onion and garlic chutney

Scottish Smoked Salmon Salad

Mains – Haddock and Rustic Chips, haddock in homemade beer batter served with rustic chips and salad leaves 

Homemade Scottish Steak Pie, made with puff pastry served with seasonal vegetables and rustic chips or potatoes 

Traditional Highland Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, served with mash potatoes and turnip 

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli (V), pasta with a tomato, basil and oregano sauce served with ciabatta garlic bread 

Chicken, Ham, Leek and White Wine Pie, encased with butter enriched pastry served with a selection of vegetables, rustic chips or baby potatoes 

Belly of Pork, slow cooked with a selection of vegetables and baby potatoes

Stuffed Butternut Squash, baked and filled with cannellini beans, mozzarella cheese, peppers and tomatoes topped with pumpkin and sunflower seed breadcrumb, served with couscous and salad leaves 

Please also see our Specials Board! It can include a Venison and Redcurrant Burger; Wild Boar and Chorizo Burger and Lamb and Coriander Burger.

The Specials: food and drink.


Licensed drinks include the Isle of Skye ales, Talisker whisky and Old Mout Cider

Kilmartin River Cafe customers are made up of both visitors and locals who appreciate good quality food at reasonable prices. The Kilmartin is part of the impressive Staffin Hall/Talla Stafainn complex which includes a shop, laundrette, gym, public toilets and modern hall. There is ample parking for Kilmartin diners and customers are a short walk away from Staffin Beach. Please ask our staff, who live locally, if you have any questions about the area and we’d be happy to tell you.

The restaurant also stocks a burgeoning array of art and crafts made by people living in the local community, including Kilmartin owner Morag herself. Scarves, plaques, embroidery, hats, tea cosies, dinosaur models and even gingerbread and dog biscuits, embroidery made by Morag, daughter-in-law Caroline MacKenzie, Kenna Rennison, Wendy Higgins, Donna MacKenzie, Heather Kemp and Barbara Ferguson.

Glasgow-based artists Bill Loughray, who has family links to Flodigarry, has colourful landscape paintings of Skye, including Stenscholl and the Storr on display.

Have a look at our reviews on Trip Advisor to see exactly what our customers are saying.

Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Whether you’re regular dining locals (like my wife and myself) or visitors discovering this rare gem of a small restaurant for the very first time, we are all agreed on its exceptional quality food at VERY affordable prices! From warm greeting to cheery farewell, Morag and her small crew of highly attentive and polite staff go out of their way to ensure your dining experience will be exceptional. 
For sure there may be some diners who turn up their noble noses at such local, community-based, unpretentious and honest coziness – they may even liken the fare to their … school meals!! – but few of us, alas, will have enjoyed the privileged rearing of an Etonian breakfast banquet!! For me (a very senior but quite humble military officer, well used to grand dining around the world) the meals at this lovely little place – forevermore known as “Morag’s Magic” to me – is as good vfm as any of the finest cordon bleu ‘breakfasts’ out there in this pretentious world of diners!
I commend you to Morag’s Magic. 

Bon appetit!

Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

After having yummy cakes, we decided to have dinner there. Staying at the Old Mill it was easy to walk. Morag’s cooking didn’t disappoint! The beer us good too; just don’t drive past!

Reviewed 30 August 2018

A great little cafe and community centre. Really clean and tidy, well presented and with clean toilets. We had lunch in the cafe and the staff were pleasant and the choices were good on the menu. The items we ordered were very generous portions and delicious and reasonably priced. The soup was hot and hearty and really helped warm us up. We enjoyed our lunch here. The only down side was a lack of wifi as we found it difficult all week to get a signal and find wifi to access the internet for directions, attraction opening times, and keeping in touch with family back home.

Kilmartin Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 4pm; 6pm-9pm.

Directions: from Portree, travel north towards Staffin on the main A855 road, for approximately 18 minutes. The Kilmartin is sited within the Staffin Hall, a left-hand turn just before you leave the 40mph zone heading north. From Uig, it is approximately 20 minutes over the Quiraing road, on your right-hand side, just as you enter the 40mph zone.

Contact details: Kilmartin River Cafe, Stenscholl, Staffin, Isle of Skye, IV51 9JS; phone 01470 562322 or visit our Facebook page: