Cafes & Restaurants

Have a bite to eat in the area

If you are planning on venturing out of the reserve for the day, there are plenty of lovely cafes and restaurants in the area to have a nice meal or a drink. We’ll point you in the right direction with our top picks.


Inverness (1.5 hour drive)

If you are passing through town on your way to Alladale, and are looking for a nice place to sit down and enjoy a meal on the outskirts of town, we recommend:

The Storehouse – Situated on the waterside, right after you cross the bridge coming from Inverness on the way to Alladale, is this lovely cafe, serving up great meals. It also has 2 small shops on site, selling local delicacies and souvenirs.

The Cheese pantry – located only a 5 minute drive from Inverness Airport, this is a real gem if you love small, local places. A team of lovely ladies produces a range of homemade cheeses. You can buy these at the shop, but the Pantry also comes with a great little cafe that serves great coffee, soup of the day, cheese platters and cakes.


Tain (55 min drive)

Platform 1864 – Tucked away in the old train station with a view of the railroad tracks, is this brilliant find. This cosy, beautifully restored and designed cafe and bar serves homemade meals and treats throughout the day, and turns into a bar on Saturday night, with live music by a different band every week.  


Dornoch (1 hour drive)

Cocoa Mountain – This chocolate lover’s heaven opened in 2017 along the main road, a stone’s throw away from Dornoch Castle. The cafe serves jummy homemade chocolates and the best hot chocolate in the area.

Luigi – Lovely Italian restaurant that serves beautiful food. The menu is contemporary European with an emphasis on Scottish seafood and locally sourced ingredients. During high season it is also open during the day. The cafe serves tasty Lavazza coffee, homemade cakes, soups, fresh salads and seasonal specials.


Bonar Bridge (35 min drive)

The Crannag Bistro – This spot on the town’s main road offers well prepared, tasty, unpretentious locally sourced food and drink in attractive surroundings. Do ask the manager to give them a call beforehand, as their opening times vary.

Mac & Wild – Falls of Shin – With two famous restaurants in London, Alladale’s friends at Mac & Wild are making quite a name for themselves. We were therefor delighted when we learned they opened up their latest restaurant just a 45 minute drive from Alladale, at Falls of Shin. Serving local venison dishes, a range of cocktails, and a wonderful weekend roast you are sure to find something amazing. Oh, and don’t forget to walk down to the falls!

Lairg (50 min drive)

Sit down to have lunch at The Pier, a great cafe putting up tasty dishes with a lovely view of Loch Shin. In Summer, you can enjoy a meal outside by the water. In winter, you can snuggle up next to the wood burner with a cup of hot chocolate. They also sell some great souvenirs onsite.


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