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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 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. Gradings

    Fort William

    Dinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savour in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway.

  2. Kilcamb Lodge Hotel





    If good food, fine wine and fine dining are on your list of priorities when looking for a small luxury country house hotel Restaurant, look no further than Kilcamb Lodge.

  3. Caledonian Bar


    Bar and Pub Food



    Welcome to the Caledonian Bar

  4. Crafts & Things


    Cafes & Tearooms


    Glencoe and Loch Leven area

    Our popular Coffee Shop serves light meals and home baking, all freshly cooked on the premises. Here you can relax with a cappuccino or a glass of wine in elegant and convivial surroundings.

  5. Gradings


    The Cross is situated alongside the Gynack Burn in 4 acres of woodland which provides a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere complemented by friendly but attentive service from the owners and staff. Bedrooms and lounges are comfortable and well equipped.

  6. Applecross Smokehouse


    Smokeries & Smokehouses



    Welcome to Applecross Smokehouse - producers of gourmet smoked fish, shellfish and cheeses.

  7. Gradings


    The best Fish & Chips on Skye . The Bacon rolls are pretty good too if you need something tasty before a long day on the hills.

  8. Sunny Brae Hotel




    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best


    We cater for both tourists and local residents. The ambience is relaxed with stunning sea views overlooking the Moray Firth. We offer contemporary Scottish cooking with European flair using the very best produce from local suppliers.

  9. The Kitchen on the River





    The Kitchen is a great place to enjoy good food, good wine and good service. Located by the River in Inverness this is worth going to see.

  10. Gradings


    Traditional Highland Hospitality ... in the heart of the local community. Breakfast & bistro menus ..quality ground coffee & specialist teas .. home baked cakes & country style soups .. locally reared haggis neeps & tatties!


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