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  • Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
    Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
  • The Sutor Creek Cafe at Cromarty
    The Sutor Creek Cafe at Cromarty
  • The Cross, Kingussie
    The Cross, Kingussie
  • Lunch at the Kitchen, Inverness
    Lunch at the Kitchen, Inverness
  • Three Chimneys Restaurant, Skye
    Three Chimneys Restaurant, Skye

After a day exploring the Highlands' many attractions, indulge in a real foodie experience by enjoying the unique and mouth-watering flavours in the region’s excellent eateries. From idyllic rural restaurants and country house hotels, there are plenty opportunities to enjoy the regional flavours. Wherever you are in the Highlands, don’t miss out on the fantastic range of produce on offer.

From hotels and restaurants with award-winning chefs to traditional country inns, cafés and tearooms, you are sure to find outstanding menus on offer in the Highlands, all using quality local produce.

Experience memorable meals in stunning locations overlooking the sea, by the lochside or with mountain views, or why not take a break in one of the art cafés that offer a great choice of teas, coffees and homebaking? You can also enjoy an evening in a traditional pub or inn and sit by a cosy fire while relaxing with live music, local conversation and a dram or beer.

During your Highland break, enjoy a culinary experience you’ll never forget on the Isle of Skye at the Michelin-starred Three Chimneys restaurant. Dine in the 100-year-old crofting cottage and soak up the intimate atmosphere as you savour delicious Skye produce, cooked with flair and expertise.

Another Skye favourite and Michelin-star holder is Kinloch Lodge, at Sleat, which offers exceptional fine dining with a distinctly traditional Scottish twist. Two other fine restaurants in the Highlands have also been honoured with the coveted award, namely Boath House at Auldearn, Nairn, and The Albannach at Lochinver in Sutherland, Britain’s most northerly Michelin-starred restaurant.

The award-winning Applecross Inn focuses on fresh seafood with much of it fished from the bay. On any given day you could be feasting on prawns, lobster, crab, scallops, mussels or oysters. Meanwhile, the remote Old Forge Inn at Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula is praised for its seafood, venison and real ales.

Further north in Lochinver, dine in the Chez Rouz Restuarant at the Inver Lodge Hotel. The menus are devised by the legendary Albert Roux whose aim is to offer hearty country cooking using the best local produce, such as organic salmon and seabass.

Sample some fine local produce at the Rothiemurchus Centre including venison, beef, trout, heather honey and locally brewed beer. Take a look around the farm shop or sit down to a warming meal of local produce at the Druie Restaurant Café.

While in Inverness, see the finest Highlands and Scottish ingredients turned into unique and original dishes at Café 1, or sample delicious food in a converted church, with period features and modern finishes, at the Mustard Seed.

Head east to the Classroom in Nairn where Cullen Skink, Highland venison and Kildrummie beef are all on the menu, and look out for succulent cooked meat and lovely cakes in the Olive Tree Café in an idyllic location near Forres.

If you're looking to indulge your sweet tooth, the Clootie Dumpling Restaurant in Grantown on Spey serves the traditional Scottish pudding in 21 different ways. Sit outside or keep warm by the wood burning stove in the restaurant.

Have you heard about Taste Our Best, a new award which recognises establishments which put quality and Scottish ingredients at the forefront of everything they do? Search through accredited Taste Our Best restaurants and cafés in the Highlands.

Browse the listings to discover the best food and drink in the Highlands.

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  1. The Whisky Castle And Highland Market

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    Tomintoul

    This world famous whisky store is set on the southern edge of the Cairngorm National Park in the heart of the Malt Whisky Trail.

  2. Teapots Restaurant

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    Restaurants

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    Fochabers

    All our food is cooked daily on the premises by our chefs and baker using local ingredients where possible.

  3. Connage Highland Dairy

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Inverness

    A family of Highland Cheesemakers handcrafting multi award winning cheeses from home produced organic milk.

  4. The Granary

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    Bar and Pub Food

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    Elgin

    Welcome to The Granary

  5. The Royal Hotel Restaurant, Portree

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    Bistros & Brasseries

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    Portree

    Our MacNab's Inn offers live local bands and a place to enjoy our exclusive 'MacNab's Ale'.

  6. The Storehouse Restaurant

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    Restaurants

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    Evanton

    Renowned throughout the area for our delicious food - whether it is breakfast, lunch, supper or just coffee and cake, we take pride in what we do and our staff look forward to welcoming you.

  7. The Waterside Hotel

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    Restaurants

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    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Inverness City Centre

    EatScotlands' independent assessor said: "Waterside restaurant provides a relaxed informal dining experience in comfortable surroundings assisted by efficient, friendly staff.

  8. Gradings

    Inverness

    EatScotland's independant assessor said "A relaxing restaurant furnished to a very high standard looking out on to the well kept grounds, boasting a comfortable lounge for pre dinner drinks and coffees.

  9. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Ardvasar

    Regarded as one of the top restaurants on the Isle of skye we aim to create a divine gastronomic experience for all foodies. The restaurant is perfect for light lunches, romantic dinners and celebrations of all kinds.

  10. Corner on the Square

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    Restaurants

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    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Beauly

    The Corner On The Square, with its mini food hall emporium provides excellent quality food using fresh produce whenever possible within comfortable and relaxed surroundings. The varied menu caters for most dietary requirements.

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