Whisky Tasting

Eat and Drink

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Scotland is renowned for its unique delicacies and dishes, from haggis and black pudding, to porridge and shortbread. The natural larder of the Scottish Highlands provides a variety of food and drink through the local farms and fishermen. So, savour delicious fresh food and drink, from prime steak and organic vegetables, to freshly caught kippers and salmon.

Places to Eat and Drink in Inverness and Loch Ness

You’ll be spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink in Inverness, from trendy bistros, to cosy village pubs in Loch Ness. So, pack your appetite, and be prepared to go a Scottish culinary journey.

Trendy City Eateries

Whether you’re visiting our historic city for shopping or sightseeing, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes in Inverness. Places to eat in this bustling hub include back-street bistros and trendy dining venues with Michelin-starred chefs. Here, you can savour international dishes, while sipping handcrafted cocktails and vintage wines within a chic setting. Or, if you’re just visiting Inverness for shopping, head to one of the artisan cafes for coffee or lunch. Then, why not relax in one of the city’s vibrant bars or pubs and sample a local Scottish tipple?

Breweries and Distilleries

The Scottish Highlands are home to many breweries and distilleries that boast unique products, from beer and cider, to gin and whisky. After a guided tasting tour, why not soak up that alcohol with a delicious lunch onsite? Then, you can visit the shop and pick up some gifts for friends and family.

Rural and Remote

In the Scottish Highlands, natural landscapes dominate your view wherever you go. Here, you won’t need to go far to enjoy vistas of vast lochs or soaring mountain ranges. So, why not enjoy the views whilst savouring some scrumptious food and drink? In the remote parts of this region, you’ll find plenty of venues to enjoy delicious food and drink. Some of the best places to eat and drink in Inverness overlook the region’s beauty spots. Sit in a pub on the shores of Loch Ness with a home-cooked meal. Or, drink up the views of heather-covered hills and a pint of local ale in a cosy rural inn.

Dining in Castles and Museums

When it comes to eating out in Inverness, you’ll find the region’s fascinating attractions boast many gourmet restaurants and cafes. After spending the day exploring the region’s history and culture, enjoy a tasty lunch in their onsite cafes. So, celebrate a special occasion at the café at Urquhart Castle whilst enjoying views of Loch Ness. Or, enjoy Afternoon Tea with loved ones in the Museum and Art Gallery.

Cosy Cafés, Home Cooked Treats

In Inverness, you’ll find many unique cafés and coffee shops for coffee, tea, tasty lunches or homemade sweet treats. Here, you can sample Scottish dishes like freshly baked shortbread and oat cakes. From charming tea rooms down cobbled alleyways, to trendy coffee shops in the centre of Inverness, there’s something for everyone. Or, head to nearby village cafes, and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea with a spectacular view of the loch and rolling countryside.

Food on the Go

If you have a jam-packed itinerary during your visit to Inverness, food on the go can be the best option. Here, we have variety of national fast food chains, plus local independent producers. Why not enjoy fish and chips at a local beauty spot and enjoy sunset views? Or, sit on a bench with a picnic near cascading waterfalls, and soak up the Scottish highland views. With a range of international takeaways and local delis, you find no shortage of delicious fast food options.

Our wide range of places to eat and drink in Inverness and Loch Ness, will whet your appetite, So, pop into a café for a slice of homemade cake, or dine with friends at a chic city bistro. Or, venture into the countryside and taste local produce with a hearty Scottish meal and wee dram of whisky.

Distilleries & Breweries

Take the opportunity to visit one or more of our local whisky distilleries during your Highland visit. The Inverness Loch Ness area has some world famous whisky distilleries on the doorstep, many are open for visitors throughout the year.


Inverness is the Highland eating out capital. The choice and variety of restaurants around Inverness and Loch Ness has burgeoned, with restaurants of all nationalities opening up, we are confident that traditional and local Scottish food is still favourite with visitors.

Fast Food

Most of us (especially the kids) from time to time enjoy the informal style and atmosphere of fast food places and many establishments serve up the most delicious comfort food at affordable prices. You are spoilt for choice around Loch Ness.