A Taste of Inverness & Loch Ness

We have travelled around Inverness and Loch Ness to find the tastiest home baking!

It’s VisitScotland’s “Year of Food and Drink” this year, so not surprisingly our thoughts turn to all the tasty food our area has to offer. If you think of all the great specialities you can find around Loch Ness and Inverness you might think of venison, salmon…or maybe haggis?!

These are all very nice, of course, and our Eat and Drink section will give you many ideas where you can sample all this lovely local produce. But I was thinking of a small and often overlooked little treat that so many businesses around Inverness and Loch Ness are doing exceedingly well – the humble scone! What could be nicer than stopping off in one of the many Cafés or Tearooms around the area after a walk or a cycle and treating yourself to a cup of tea or coffee and a delicious home-baked scone with clotted cream and jam? And you don’t just get the choice of plain or fruit scone these days – many Cafés offer exciting new flavours…dark chocolate and chilli scone, anyone?!

Recently we did a number of drop-in sessions throughout the Inverness and Loch Ness area and – strictly for research purposes only, of course! – we got to sample some absolutely delicious home baking. If you are passing along the South Side of Loch Ness, don’t forget to stop at Foyers, where you can taste freshly baked scones and cakes at the Waterfall Café and Cameron’s Tearoom – highly recommended!

According to some customer reviews, the “best scones in Inverness” can be found at Artysan’s Café in Strother’s Lane in Inverness. They are not only an award winning Café, but also a social enterprise helping young people into work.

Our next drop-in session stop was beautiful Strathglass and again we couldn’t help but sample some home baking at the Bog Cotton Café in Cannich – just the spot to relax and enjoy a treat after a walk around Glen Affric! The coffee was also delicious here, don’t miss this hidden gem…

Apologies for digressing from the subject of home baking, but just in case the sun is out and it’s getting too hot for coffee and tea (well, this could happen, you never know!)…the Cnoc Hotel in Struy make their own ice cream and it’s incredibly tasty! Again we had to sample this in the name of research – it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!

After so many treats it’s just as well there are so many opportunities to get some fresh air and exercise in our beautiful area, so I’m off for a long walk now!