Where to Eat

Restaurants in the Scottish Highlands

Just because you choose self-catering accommodation doesn’t mean you have to eat in every day of your holiday.  There is a wealth of award-winning restaurants to discover in every part of the Highlands, many with beautiful views for your eyes to feast upon while you dine.

With fresh, clean waters and rich farming land, it’s little wonder that restaurants and chefs in the Highlands emphasise their use of the freshest local ingredients in their menus.



  • Abstract – Rising Star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland, unique blend of French culinary expertise and superb local produce.
  • La Tortilla Asesina – Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar, Cafe, Delicatessen, A La Carte Menu, Weekly Salsa Night.  Family friendly.
  • The River Cafe and Restaurant – Sitting on the banks of the River Ness, offers excellent cuisine made from fresh local ingredients.
  • Cafe 1 – Famous for it’s good food, polite staff and warm welcome.
  • The Mustard Seed – Intimate and pleasant dining experience.  Menu that combines traditional, Scottish and European cuisine with innovative and contemporary influences.
  • Jeera – Open kitchen Indian Restaurant.
  • Jimmy Chung’s – Bar and Chinese buffet.  Help yourself from a mouth-watering array of 20 starters and 40 main courses – and go back for more.
  • Aspendos – Aspendos is a modern and stylish restaurant that serves Mediterranean and Turkish food in Inverness – polite staff and great service!
  • Riverhouse – Dedicated to sourcing and using only the finest seasonal and sustainable produce from around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, whenever possible.
  • Zizzi – Four local themes have been the inspiration behind the design of the new restaurant: the historic River Ness, boats, whisky distilleries and Macbeth.
  • The Kitchen – The glass-fronted restaurant on the River Ness has stunning views of Inverness Castle, three dining rooms and a roof terrace.
  • Rocpool Rendesvouz – A busy city-centre brasserie with sleek contemporary interior, riverside views and an energetic atmosphere.

The Black Isle

  • The Anderson – Award winning restaurant and bar in Fortrose.
  • Sutor Creek– “Scotland the Best” listed, café/restaurant in Cromarty.
  • North Kessock Hotel– Waterfront location overlooking Inverness, five minutes from city centre.
  • The Royal Hotel – Lying on the tip of the Black Isle in Cromarty.
  • Higher Ground Coffee House – Home baking, teas, light lunches of delicious filled ciabatta rolls and homemade soup.  In Muir of Ord.
  • Ord Arms Hotel Restaurant – A family run hotel situated in Muir of Ord offering a variety of chicken and game, fish, oriental, continental and vegetarian options.
  • Eilean Dubh – Small restaurant in Fortrose.

Loch Ness area

  • The Glass Restaurant – The Struy Inn – a short distance from Glen Cannich and the National Nature Reserve at Glen Affric.
  • Fiddler’s – Good food served simply.  Salmon, beef, game, award-winning haggis, hearty casseroles, generous fresh salads & delicious char grilled steaks.  Winners of the SLTN Malt Whisky Bar of the year for the last 3 years.  Over 600 Whiskies to sample!
  • The Steading Bar and Restaurant – An old converted farm building situated between Drumnadrochit and Cannich.
  • The Boathouse Restaurant – Set in the grounds of the 300 year old St. Benedict’s Abbey, there could be no more idyllic setting to enjoy delicious, locally sourced food.
  • The Bothy Restaurant & Bar – Relax by the fire while you watch the boats go through the famous canal locks.
  • The Grouse & Trout Restaurant – Scottish and international cuisine; relaxing ambience and unhurried service.

Aviemore & the Cairngorm National Park

  • Roo’s Leap Restaurant – Fresh ingredients cooked to order, and a friendly efficient service with a laid back Aussie attitude.
  • Culdearn House – An experience to remember – log fire, candlelit tables, attentive service and simply some of the best food Scotland has to offer.  Award-wining fine dining in Grantown on Spey.
  • The Cairn Hotel – Situated in the centre of Aviemore, the Cairn Hotel houses an immaculate restaurant renowned for its imaginative and extensive menus.
  • Royal Tandoori – Fully licensed in Aviemore.
  • The Mountain Cafe – Uses some of Scotland’s best local produce to create healthy, wholesome & interesting food with a Kiwi twist.  Award-winning stylish coffees, delicious breakfasts, superb lunches and fresh home baking.

Gairloch & the West Coast

  • The Torridon – Whether it’s tradition, romance or a sociable dinner with friends or family, the Torridon Restaurant by Achnasheen provides first class service.
  • Melvaig Inn – Family restaurant, cafe and bar in Melvaig.
  • The Seaforth – Pub by the pier.  Publican Seafood Pub & Publican Pub of the Year 2006, SFI awards The Seafood Pub of the Year 2007.
  • Creelers – This multi-award-winning restaurant is run from what is little more than a shack by David and Ann Wilson who are famous for their absolute commitment to quality and consistancy.
  • The Three Chimneys – A top Scottish restaurant matching fresh local food with luxury 5-star accommodation, a romantic location and beautiful sea views.
  • Lochbay Seafood Restaurant – The restaurant is a tiny, intimate bistro situated in the historic village of Stein on the shores of Loch Bay, with wonderful views over to the Outer Isles.
  • Coruisk House – Local venison and the very best Angus beef, as well as vegetarian fare, ensure eating at Coruisk House will be an experience to savour.
  • Castlemoil Restaurant – Whether you are in for a quiet meal, or a special food theme night, you can be assured of the excellent service you would expect form a quality restaurant.
  • Red Skye Restaurant – Aims to provide a wonderfully relaxed yet creative dining experience, using locally sourced produce cooked by head chef Campbell MacFadyen to a high standard.
  • Kyle Hotel – Renowned for its fine dining, savour the best of Scotland’s larder in the ‘Old Chapel Restaurant’.
  • Tingle Creek Hotel – Has a lovely restaurant where you can dine and overlook some of the most breathtaking sea views across to the Isle of Skye and Raasay.
  • Balmacara Hotel – Local seafood and game is their speciality.
  • The Glenview – At Glenview they strive to create honest, natural and tasty dishes making everything on the premises with care, simplicity and attention to detail.
  • The Stein Inn – Whether choosing a bar snack, light lunch or a full three-course evening meal, the emphasis is on good, wholesome food at affordable prices.
  • The Kinloch Lodge – Kinloch is justly famed for its marvellous food and is Skye’s only Michelin-Starred restaurant.

Fort William & Lochaber

  • Crannog – Savour the best of west coast seafood with Crannog.
  • No4 – No4 offers an outstanding lunch menu and superb evening a la carte complemented by an extensive wine list chosen to provide the ideal wine to suit every taste.
  • The Inverlochy Hotel – The menu features modern British cuisine which is internationally recognised by all major guides, awarded AA 3 red Rosettes and 1 Michelin Star.
  • Russells Restaurant – Serving outstanding cuisine with fresh local game and a selection of seasonal produce, Russell’s is an AA award winning restaurant.
  • The Ballachulish Hotel – The award winning Bùlas Bar & Bistro is one of the best restaurants in the Glencoe and Fort William area and is the setting for a unique eating out experience.
  • The Lochy – You can enjoy a sit down meal, or order takeaway from The Lochy Bar.
  • The Lime Tree – Great food and value for money.
  • The Grog and Gruel – Aim to provide an imaginative and interesting menu at affordable prices, serving great food at sensible prices.
  • Sammy’s Fish & Chips – Serving famous fish and chips for almost three decades and have built their reputation by not compromising on quality or service.

Strathpeffer & Dingwall

  • The Red Poppy Restaurant – An ideal location for an intimate dining experience or a much larger party.
  • Dingwall Tandoori – As one of the longest running Indian restaurant in the Highlands, Dingwall Tandoori has been providing excellence and choice from a varied menu.
  • The Kinkell House Hotel – Operating a Table d’hote menu which changes daily, along with an A la carte menu based on traditional Scottish and Seafood dishes.
  • The Ben Wyvis Hotel – You will be spoilt for choice at this Scottish Highland restaurant.
  • The Kincraig Castle Hotel – Modern classic, but inspiring dishes, using the best seasonal produce, procured from the Highlands of Scotland.
  • The Coul House Hotel – Offering both contemporary Scottish cuisine that utilises local and international produce and ingredients, and also some more traditional favourites.
  • The Richmond Hotel – Enjoy the friendly atmosphere at the bar or relax in one of the comfortable couches in front of a cosy fire.
  • First Pizza Direct – Orders for collection are usually ready within 15 minutes. Deliveries usually arrive within 30 minutes, but allow up to 1 hour at peak times.
  • Tulloch Castle – Only the best Highland produce is freshly prepared by the chefs at Tulloch Castle.

Dornoch & Sutherland

  • Dornoch Castle Hotel – Dornoch Castle has an excellent reputation amongst the local populace and visitors alike and is now recognised as one of the premier dining venues of the north and has retained Rosette status for the past 4 years.
  • Mansfield Castle – Dining at Mansfield Castle is a memorable experience.  The elegant dining room boasts wonderful picture windows overlooking the castle grounds which are floodlit at night.
  • Shin Falls – Open daily for light refreshments, with delicious, seasonal home-made meals served from noon – 2.30pm (3pm on Sundays).
  • The Royal Golf Hotel – The Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch offers quality bistro style dining in the Conservatory Restaurant with its magnificent views across Royal Dornoch Golf Club to the Dornoch Firth itself.
  • Luigi – By day a cafe serving Lavazza coffee, homemade cakes and soups, fresh salads, seasonal specials, by night the menu is contemporary European with an emphasis on Scottish seafood and locally sourced ingredients.
  • The Tongue Hotel – Promises to deliver a taste of Scotland, utilising fresh local produce available from a natural Scottish larder.
  • The Benloyal Hotel – The dining room has everything you would look for in a restaurant: magnificent views of the Kyle of Tongue, Ben Loyal, Ben Hope and the ruin of Castle Varrich accompanied by wonderful food and a well balanced wine menu.
  • Royal Marine Hotel – Exquisite menu will excite and delight food lovers and can be best described as modern Scottish cuisine with a strong highland influence.

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