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The Highlands offers a rich seasonal larder in addition to all that ravishing scenery. From fresh seafood caught in coastal waters to prime meat from local farms, you can eat extremely well in this food-loving region, whatever your taste and budget. The numerous malt whisky distilleries are also worth a visit, where you can enjoy a tour and sample unique drams.

The Highlands are bursting with seasonal produce and glorious scenery. You can enjoy fresh local produce anywhere from Michelin-star restaurants to homely country inns in Inverness, Nairn & Loch Ness and beyond.

Combining the best of land and sea, Skye & Lochalsh provides the ideal environment for producing fine local food and drink. Fresh, delicious seafood is widely available, as well as venison and game birds that are brought in from the hills.

Savour the true flavour of the Highlands as you travel around Fort William & Lochaber. Feast on wild salmon and trout, fished from the area’s lochs and rivers and tuck into Highland game, beef and lamb, accompanied by seasonal vegetables.

In the North Highlands, the emphasis is firmly on local produce that is beautifully cooked. Due to the bountiful waters off the coast, seafood regularly features on menus, including that of Michelin-star restaurant, The Albannach. Mey Selections produce the highest quality farm and food products including beef and lamb. Try out their delicious produce at local hotels.

Eating out in the Cairngorms National Park provides the perfect combination of delicious flavour and stunning scenery. The pristine natural environment, with its clean air and pure water, means local chefs make the most of the fine beef, lamb, venison, game, salmon and trout as well as locally grown strawberries and handmade cheeses.

Feast on fresh fish and shellfish plucked from the waters of the Moray Firth, or enjoy tender beef and lamb, along with vegetables grown locally, since so much of Moray Speyside is rich farmland.

Why not pick up the delicious produce yourself at farmers' markets and farm shops or enjoy tours of the region's many drink attractions?

Get a real flavour for the Highlands as you tour the region.

  • Ullapool Bakery products at a farmers' market
    Ullapool Bakery products at a farmers' market
  • Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
    Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
  • Ullapool Bakery products at a farmers' market
    Ullapool Bakery products at a farmers' market
Lunch at the Kitchen, Inverness

Restaurants and places to eat

Find information on the many restaurants across the Highlands where you can enjoy delicious food and drink.

A traditional music session takes place in the Hootananny Bar, Inverness

Bars and pubs

Discover the best bars and pubs throughout the Highlands where you can enjoy sampling a fantastic range of food and drink.

Highland Dairy, Milton of Connage

Local produce

Get a taste for the Highlands and sample the delicious local produce on offer.

A stall at a farmers' market in Dingwall

Farmers' markets

Discover farmers’ markets and farm shops throughout the Highlands where you can purchase fresh regional favourites direct from the producers and get advice on how best to cook them.

The road side sign welcoming visitors to the Malt Whisky Trail

Malt Whisky Trail

Discover Scotland’s renowned Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside, the only trail of its kind in the world. Visit the unique distilleries and the UK’s only working cooperage which includes fascinating behind-the-scenes tours.

Whisky bottles behind a bar at Òran Mór, Glasgow.

Drink attractions

Wherever you end up eating, a wonderful way of finishing off an exquisite meal is with a dram of Highland malt whisky or a local ale.

A sign for a Distillery visitor centre on the Malt Whisky Trail, Speyside


Explore distilleries in the Highlands and gain an insight into the art of whisky creation in Scotland. Take a look at the listings and book your fascinating tour today.