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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 Isle of Skye at the award-winning Three Chimneys restaurant. Dine in the 100-year-old crofter’s cottage and soak up the intimate atmosphere as you savour three courses of creative, modern and exciting food with a traditional twist.

Another Skye favourite is Kinloch Lodge, at Sleat, which is the home of one of Scotland’s best-loved cooks, Lady Claire Macdonald. The restaurant has been awarded the island's first Michelin star and is one of only four in the Highlands to enjoy the coverted award. Boath House at Auldearn, Nairn, Inverlochy Castle at Torlundy, Fort William and The Albannach at Lochinver in Sutherland also boast Michelin-star status.

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 EileanDubh Restaurant

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    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Fortrose

    We use locally produced and sourced meat, fish, seafood and vegetables where possible.

  2. 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.

  3. Gradings

    Inverness City Centre

    A unique dining experience, we offer a varied collection of courses using only the best of local produce. The hand-selected produce creates menus that bring together traditional French and Scottish cuisine with modernity and flair.

  4. Smiddy House

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    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Spean Bridge

    Welcome to the Smiddy House food extravaganza, where you will find on offer something to suit all tastes, young and old.

  5. Gradings

    Beauly

    We source the finest of local produce. Now serving Applecross Bay prawns, Torridon & Shieldaig hot smoked salmon, oysters, mussels and much, much more. Delivered straight from shore to door several times a week.

  6. The Royal Hotel Restaurant, Portree

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    Bistros & Brasseries

    Gradings

    Portree

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

  7. The Three Chimneys

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    Restaurants

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Dunvegan

    It is rare that the food in any restaurant truly reflects its location quite as much as it does at The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye and this is something that has contributed to the restaurant's huge popularity over two decades.

  8. The Croft Inn Restaurant

    Type

    Bar and Pub Food

    Gradings

    Glenlivet

    Traditional country inn situated on the Speyside Whisky Trail with great views of Ben Rinnes and The Cromdale Hills. Luxury caravan holiday homes are also available for rent on a mid-week, weekend and full week basis.

  9. Alexandria Hotel

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    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    Welcome to Alexandria Hotel Restaurant

  10. Benleva Hotel Restaurant

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    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.

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