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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 Loft Bistro

    Type

    Bistros & Brasseries

    Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Forres

    Downstairs' at The Loft has now been transformed from what was originally the cart shed and stables into a cosy bistro serving a blend of Traditional Scottish Farmhouse Food.

  2. Ralia Cafe

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Newtonmore

    Ralia Cafe @ Ralia opened on the 11th July 2005 on the site of a redundant Tourist Information Centre.

  3. Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Fort Augustus

    This totally refurbished landmark Loch Ness hotel delicately offers contemporary comfort amidst traditional Victorian charm. heating & water system is revolutionary in using an eco-friendly biomass wood chip burner.

  4. Benleva Hotel Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Drumnadrochit

    The Benleva has been under current ownership for 10 years and has acquired a reputation as one of the finest real ale bars in Scotland, winning numerous CAMRA awards over the years.

  5. Applecross Smokehouse

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    Shieldaig

    Welcome to Applecross Smokehouse

  6. Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Silver
    Eat Scotland Silver

    Skye

    Sister hotel of Toravaig House Hotel, Duisdale House Hotel, a grand Victorian house, stands resplendent on the hillside in Sleat in the south of the breathtakingly beautiful Isle of Skye.

  7. Filling Station

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Filling Station is an all-American restaurant and bar offering authentic flavours of the USA from the East Coast to the West.

  8. The Whisky Castle And Highland Market

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    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.

  9. The Torridon Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Torridon

    Fine Highland retreat offering great local Scottish produce cooked to high standard with the charm and warmth of which Scotland offers best.

  10. Cawdor Tavern

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Nairn

    Cawdor Tavern is a traditional country pub in what was originally the old castle workshop. The expertise of the kitchen team, combined with the warmth and willingness of the dining staff, give the customer a most enjoyable visit.

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