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  • Ullapool Bakery products at a farmers' market
    Ullapool Bakery products at a farmers' market
  • Gairloch langoustines
    Gairloch langoustines
  • Highland Dairy, Milton of Connage
    Highland Dairy, Milton of Connage
  • Fresh salmon at the Isle of Ewe Smokehouse
    Fresh salmon at the Isle of Ewe Smokehouse
  • The farm shop at the Rothiemurchus Centre
    The farm shop at the Rothiemurchus Centre

The Highlands offers a superb natural larder, from fresh locally caught seafood and succulent game meats, to world-renowned whiskies and artisan cheese and delicious seasonal berries. You can discover the range of local food producers and attractions across the Highlands by sampling the finest foods in restaurants, farm shops and markets across the region.

If you enjoy seafood, you’re in for a treat in the Highlands where you can feast on the freshest locally caught white fish and shellfish. In the region’s excellent restaurants and inns you can tuck into haddock, sole, scallops, lobster, crab, langoustines, mussels and other tasty fruits of the sea.

Catches are landed daily at various fishing ports, including Mallaig and Ullapool on the west coast, Buckie on the Moray coast and Scrabster in the north, so look out for the quality local eateries that serve up seafood that’s barely been out of the sea.

When you’re in Moray you should seek out Cullen Skink on local menus. This delicious smoked haddock and potato soup is a regional delicacy and there’s nowhere better to try it than in the coastal town of Cullen itself. In August, the delicacy takes centre stage when a special competition is held to find the best exponent of the popular dish from entries across the region.

Smoked salmon is another tantalising offering that regularly features on the region’s menus. You can visit places like the Isle of Ewe Smokehouse, on the north shore of Loch Ewe, and buy the finest smoked salmon from the shop of this family-run business.

Whilst you’re in the region, don’t miss the opportunity to sample traditional staples such as porridge, especially if you come across a chef using pinhead oatmeal. Haggis with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), the mainstay of the Burns Supper, offers a classic taste of old Highland fayre. Other great Scottish produce not to be missed include oatcakes and cheeses.

For an excellent selection of award-winning artisan cheeses, make sure to visit Connage Highland Dairy in Ardersier, Inverness where you can buy everything from Connage Gouda to Smoked Dunlop which is a traditionally smoked over whisky barrel shavings.

At the Baxters Highland Village near Fochabers in Moray you can sample and buy the delicious products of this family-run and now internationally renowned food business. Learn the Baxters story in the Great Hall and browse four speciality shops, selecting from Baxters’ wide range of quality soups, preserves, chutneys and more.

Mey Selections, in Caithness, incorporates such delicacies as the finest oatcakes, shortbread, whisky, beef and lamb from producers within a 100 mile radius of Castle and Gardens of Mey. You can also purchase this wonderful produce in shops and restaurants throughout the Highlands. For more delicious flavours, head for Ullapool Smokehouse, the small traditional smoking business in Ullapool, and pick from the wide range of luxury smoked salmon, rainbow trout and kippers.

Browse the listings to find more local produce and producers across the Highlands.

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  1. Corner on the Square Delicatessen

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Beauly

    Friendly delicatessen and eaterie in the highland village of Beauly. (mail order and outside catering)

  2. The Really Garlicky Company

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Auldearn

    Garlic, cloves; bread, butter, relish. Mail order. Attends farmers' markets at Inverness, Edinburgh and Paisley

  3. Gordon & Macphail

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Elgin

    Established in 1895 as a traditional grocer, wine and spirit merchant.

  4. The Oyster Shed

    Type

    Fish Suppliers

    Gradings

    Carbost

    Isle of Skye Oysters produces high quality pacific oysters, grown in the crystal clear waters of Loch Harport on the west coast of Skye.

  5. Waterside Cafe Bistro & Gallery

    Type

    Bistros & Brasseries

    Gradings

    Dunvegan

    A warm welcome awaits you at Waterside Cafe Bistro & Gallery. Work by Local Artists is on display, at reasonable prices, which can be viewed in comfort whilst enjoying our delicious home cooking, espresso coffees, or something stronger from the bar.

  6. Rothiemurchus Larder Shop

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Farm shop; beef, game, smokery.

  7. Brin Herb Nursery

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Our stock includes Local & Scottish Speciality Food & Drink:

  8. Highland Fine Cheeses

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Tain

    A family business established in 1963 manufacturing traditional cheeses unique to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

  9. The Gourmet's Lair

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Family-owned deli with the finest and widest choice of cheese in the Highlands as well as a superb range of olives and charcuterie.

  10. Capaldi's of Brora

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Brora

    Ice-cream made in the Northern Highlands using a traditional Italian recipe.

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