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!