Connage Highland Dairy

Producers & Specialist Shops

Ardersier, Inverness, IV2 7QU

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

    The Cheese pantry within the dairy has observation windows where you can see into the production room and watch the cheese making process.
    You can taste and buy a wide range of European and local artisan cheeses including our Connage Crowdie, voted the 'Best Cheese in Scotland' 2008 British Cheese Awards.

    We handcraft 10 varieties of cheese so there is always plenty to see when you visit. As you arrive at the Pantry you drive through the magnificent countryside where our cows meander and graze our lush green clover fields.

    Our delicious and popular Clava brie won Gold at the 2007 World Cheese Awards and by coming to the dairy you can buy a slice or in rounds.

    We are also proud to say that our Dunlop cheddar was voted one of the top 10 British cheeses, by the Independant newspaper, in 2013.

    Our 6 cheeses are: Connage Dunlop a Scottish Hard Cheese, Clava brie, smoked Clava brie, Connage Crowdie, Cromal traditional farmhouse, Smoked Dunlop traditional smoke over whisky barrel shavings, Connage Gouda, Gouda with cumin Connage Cheddar and Braden is Gruth (Connage Crowdie mixed with Hebridean Peat Smoked Salmon.

    We also stock a range of Artisan cheeses from around Scotland, the UK and Europe including an extensive range of goat and Ewe cheeses. Also available for sale is a range of luxury chutneys, cheese boards and slates and of course a great selection of oatcakes and biscuits for cheese.

    Our cafe serves a selection of Brodies teas and coffes, delicous cakes by Jean Luc of Nairn and for lunch - why not try one of our cheese platters.
    Online sales also available to mainland UK with Ireland and the islands, by arrangement.

    5 Tourist Shop
    Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 24 Dec 2015

    Open 09.30 - 17.00 Monday - Thursday: 09.30 - 16.00 Friday and 10.00 - 16.00 Saturday.
    Closed Sunday

    Best for

    • Afternoon Tea Morning and afternoon teas/coffees: Locally make cakes and cheese platters served 09.30 - 16.00
    • Lunches Cheese platters made with our Organic, vegetarian cheeses and organic oatcakes


    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available

    Dietary Options

    • Vegetarian Meals available


    • 24hr CCTV
    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Disabled toilets
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Smoking Restricted No smoking


    • Coastal Location
    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement

    Typical Prices

    • Lunch Cheese platters available


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Delivery available local area only - free delivery by arrangement. Mainland UK delivery - £8.90, Islands by arrangement
    • Lunch Available Cheese platters available
    • Service included on bill
    • Shop
    • Snack Bar
    • Tasting menu You can taste any of our cheeses before you buy
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian All Connage cheeses are organic and vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available large selection of vegetarian cheeses

    Cuisine Types

    • Scottish We sell artisan Scottish cheeses, chutneys and gifts
    • Vegetarian/Vegan Large selection of vegetarian cheeses


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop Gifts for cheese, cheese boards, slates and cheese knives
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • BACS
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Switch Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Public Transport Close By

    Road Directions

    From Inverness take the A96 to Aberdeen turning left into the B9039 to Ardersier and turn right at the first 30 mile hour limit sign for the village of Ardersier. Signage on the fence.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From Inverness take the A96 to Aberdeen turning left into the B9039 to Ardersier and turn right at the first 30 mile hour limit sign for the village of Ardersier. Signage on the fence .

    Getting there by railway:- The closest rail stations are at Inverness and Nairn.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- We are 2 miles from the Dalcross airport heading towards the village of Ardersier on the B9039.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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