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The Highlands: A Culinary Paradise

Friday, July 5th, 2013

With something to offer for almost every budget and taste, the Highlands is a veritable foodies’ paradise!

Of course that’s hardly surprising, because the area has some of the best home grown produce you’ll find anywhere in the world. You probably already know about the whisky and shortbread, but this diverse landscape is also renowned for its fantastic meats, cheeses, and fresh-as-it-comes seafood.

A great place to sample some of these treats is the traditional farmers’ market, and one of the best is the Inverness Farmers’ Market that takes place in this bustling city on the first Saturday of every month. However this is just one of many going on all across the Highlands, and there really is no better place to go if you’re looking for fresh, local, seasonal produce.

Now if you don’t want to do all the work yourself, then of course the Highlands is also home to some fantastic eateries! Whether you’re looking for a fine dining Michelin starred restaurant, or a roadside cafe with views to die for, the Highlands will fulfil your needs with aplomb. 

One of the Highlands oldest and most critically acclaimed restaurants also happens to be set in one of the area’s most glorious locations - The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye. People really do return year after year for this restaurant’s fantastic mix of traditional and modern cuisine. Also on Skye is Kinloch Lodge, one of only four Michelin starred restaurants in the Highlands, and a dining experience not to be missed.

Another restaurant to achieve Michelin status is Chez Roux at Lochinver. Helmed by the legendary chef Albert Roux, this wonderful restaurant makes stunning use of the freshly caught seafood sourced right on its doorstep!

Of course sometimes you just want to get stuck in and forget about the formalities. So for something a little less highbrow, though certainly no less satisfying, be sure to check out the Clootie Dumpling Restaurant on Spey. Here you’ll find that most famous of Highlands deserts served in 21 different ways!

Now that’s just a little taster of what you can experience in the Highlands, there really is something to suit everyone. And don’t forget that when it’s all over and it’s time to go home, you can always take a piece of the Highlands back with you!

Speciality food and drink makes for a great gift, and you’ll have choice a plenty from hand-made chocolates to locally brewed beers. Some people have even been known to take back a vacuum packed haunch of venison!

Where to Eat in the Highlands

Fore! Golfing in the Highlands of Scotland

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Whether you are a golfer aiming to be the next Adam Scott or Stacy Lewis or a golf widow who would like to stay in beautiful surroundings then why not take a look at what the golf courses in the Scottish Highlands have to offer.

Getting away from the hustle and bustle and taking in some magnificently scenic and remote courses would be the ideal way to work on that golf swing and get the handicap down.

A name synonymous with golf is Castle Stuart, the home of the 2013 Scottish Open. With stunning views across the Moray Firth this championship links course truly showcases why golf in the Highlands is so special. There are not many courses that overlook a lighthouse!  

Nairn Golf Club is a traditional Scottish links course and is created from gorse and heather and will test the playing abilities of both professionals and amateurs. Nairn Golf Club has two courses; the 18 hole Championship and the 9 hole Cameron. Having hosted the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup it is a course worth visiting.

Courses with names such as Royal Dornoch, Traigh, and Newtonmore will get you in to the mood to grab your bag and trolley and head off now! There are 46 fabulous courses to choose from in the Highlands with some of the world’s greatest links courses in the north of Scotland. So start planning your golfing holiday now and come and pay us a visit.

Oh, by the way, if you want some more information on golfing in Scotland why not have a look at the golfing page on our website.  


And the winner is

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Following a recent trip to Inverness, staying at Apartment 404 By the Bridge in Inverness, Mr Lachlan Simpson is now planning another unexpected visit back to the Scottish Highlands. Mr Simpson, from Paisley, had been giving his feedback on a Gael Holiday Homes guest satisfaction survey following his stay, and was automatically entered into our prize draw. Said a surprised Mr Simpson: “I think this is the first competition I’ve ever won.  I wasn’t even aware I was even entering a prize draw, I just thought I was filling in the customer satisfaction survey.”

Winning a £250 evoucher for a future Gael Holiday Homes accommodation booking Mr Simpson remarked “The apartment was excellent, well located, and excellent for entertainment and restaurants. We were quite fortunate when we were staying in July that the Highland Games were on, so we took that in on the Saturday and it all worked in very nicely for us.”

Concluded Mr Simpson: “If the rest of Gael Holiday Homes properties live up to the standard of the one we were in – and I’ve no doubt they are – then no-one should have anything to worry about.”

Les Robinson from Gael Holiday Homes said “we are delighted with the response to our guest satisfaction survey over the last year. This gave us the information we needed to add guest comments and accommodation ratings to our website and feed suggestions and recommendations back to accommodation owners represented on our website. We will certainly continue with the programme and prize draw for next year and are very grateful to all those you responded”….read the full story on our website.

Events in the Northern Highlands

Friday, April 1st, 2011

26th April – 8th May and 1st – 13th August  - Caithness Summer of Archaeology – Caithness Archaeological Trust (CAT) have launched a programme including projects, digs and events. They are looking for volunteers for their archaeological excavations at Nybster Broch on 26th April – 8th May and 1st – 13th August. To find out more contact Derek Edwards of Caithness Archaeological Trust on 01593 731 269 or email@caithnessarchaeology.org.uk

9-17 AprilWave North Festival – The event will include music, film, photography, pod casts, surf, swim, sea and sports activities around Thurso

6-8 May – Ullapool Book Festival

15-21 May – Cape Wrath Challenge information here

21 May – Slioch Horeshoe race – running, cycling and climbing – information available here

23 – 27 June – Wild about Gairloch Festival – see belowweb link

16 – 17 September – Loopallu, Ullapool

Wild about Gairloch Festival

“Wildaboutgairloch” is Scotland’s newest wildlife festival, showcasing all that is best about the world of nature at the heart of Scotland’s largest National Scenic Area, in Wester Ross.
Held in and around the Gairloch area, the festival will take place from Thursday June 23rd until Monday 27th inclusive. The organising group are the Gairloch Business Association, assisted by the Celtic Fringe Tourism Association and a wide range of other community groups, private businesses and individuals from the area.

Attractions during the event range from local walks investigating local butterfly and bat populations, to guided circuits of the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve Mountain trail, and seagoing journeys out into the Minch to spot some of the rare species of birdlife and sea creatures to be found here. These include Whales, Porpoises, Sea Eagles,  Skuas, and many others that you will hardly ever have a chance to see normally.

The organisers have also arranged for noted experts in their field such as John Love (Sea Eagles) to come along with evening presentations on their specialist subjects – local hotels will have music on during the festival, there will be a ceilidh as part of the entertainment, and a number of venues will feature wildlife – based exhibitions . Full details can be found on the festival website at www.wildaboutgairloch.com. Funding and support for the festival has come from Scottish Natural Heritage and Awards For All.

View Gairloch self catering accommodation

Source – North Highland Tourism