Wonderful little town on the shores of the Dornoch Firth

Tain has a small village center worth exploring, as it is Scotland’s oldest royal burgh. It has a beautiful church at the heart of it, plus a few souvenir shops and places to eat. If you are staying in one of our cottages on a self catered basis, Tain is also the place to do your shopping for the week on your way to Alladale. It has a few large supermarkets around the edge of town, such as a Lidl, Asda, Home Bargain and Tesco. 

Our top picks:

Eat & drink

Platform 1864 → Tucked away in the old train station with a view of the railroad tracks, is this brilliant find. The 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.  


The Flower Shop London House → beautifully put together flower and gift shop.

The Tain Pottery → outside of Tain, off the A9 in the direction of Inverness, you will find Tain Pottery. If you love the ceramics we use in Alladale Lodge, you’ll be delighted to know that this is the place where you can find most of our cups, saucers, plates and teapots.


Image: Dave Connor, CC BY 2.0