Badenoch: A Foodie Paradise in the Scottish Highlands
Welcome, fellow food enthusiasts, to the heart of the Scottish Highlands – Badenoch! This stunning region, known for its dramatic landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality, also boasts a hidden gem: a vibrant and diverse culinary scene waiting to be explored. From traditional Scottish fare to innovative farm-to-table plates and locally distilled spirits, Badenoch promises an unforgettable feast for your senses.
A Tale of Two Cheeses: The Cheese Neuk
Let’s kick things off with a trip to the charming village of Kingussie, where The Cheese Neuk awaits. This delightful tiny cheesemonger is a haven for cheese aficionados, offering a curated selection of local and international varieties. Sample creamy Brie from the Isle of Mull, indulge in a sharp cheddar from Orkney, or savor the unique tang of a Scottish blue cheese. The knowledgeable staff are always happy to guide you through their tempting selection and even share some delicious pairing recommendations.
Coffee, Art, and a Slice of Home: Old Post Office Cafe & Gallery
After indulging in cheesy goodness, head North to Kincraig, where the Old Post Office Cafe & Gallery offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This charming cafe serves up a delightful menu of homemade cakes, great coffee, and hearty lunches. Savor a steaming cup of locally roasted coffee while browsing the eclectic mix of artwork on display, or soak up the sunshine on the outdoor terrace. This place is not to be missed.
A Taste of the Forest: Alvie Forest Food
For a truly immersive Badenoch experience, venture along to Alvie Forest Food who deliver an amazing street food type experience. The Forest Food kitchen is a haven for lovers of fresh, seasonal cuisine. Their menu showcases the bounty of the forest, with dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients like wild mushrooms, venison, and berries. Enjoy a leisurely lunch on their picnic tables or keep cosy in the onsite yurt complete with wood burner. Follow them on facebook or instagram to find out the delicious daily specials.
A Fairytale Feast at Rowan Tree Country Hotel
Whether you seek a romantic retreat, a culinary adventure, or a taste of Highland charm, the Rowan Tree Country Hotel beside Loch Alvie promises an unforgettable experience. Step inside and be embraced by the warmth of crackling fireplaces and tartan-clad armchairs. Popular with both visitors and locals, this fantastic restaurant boasts a modern menu that celebrates the best of Scottish produce.
Wild Eats at Laggan Wolftrax Cafe
Handily situated at the car park, Laggan Wolftrax Cafe is a haven for weary cyclists and passing travellers. Refuel with breakfast rolls, coffee and cake or a hearty lunch – the perfect reward for conquering those epic climbs. The welcoming atmosphere make it a popular spot to swap stories and share trail tips.
Coffee with a Kick: Cabin Coffee
No foodie adventure is complete without a caffeine fix, and Badenoch does not disappoint. Brilliantly situated at Dalraddy Holiday Park just off the Speyside Way Cabin Coffee offers a unique atmosphere to savor your favorite brew. This rustic horse box set up serves up specialty coffee from local roasters and is right next door to Alvie Forest Food!
Adventure Appetites at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre
For those seeking an active adventure alongside their foodie pursuits, Loch Insh Outdoor Centre is the perfect pitstop. After building up an appetite in the waters of Loch Insh or on their new ski slope, refuel at the Centre’s buzzing cafe. Enjoy hearty homemade soups, freshly baked cakes, and locally sourced lunches with stunning loch views. In summer watch the sunset on the balcony with a cold drink.
Ghillies Rest Lounge Bar at the Duke of Gordon Hotel
As dusk settles after a day of adventures in the Storylands, unwind at the Ghillie’s Rest. Enjoy warm hospitality, savoring a dram of local whisky or gin while you map out your next day’s escapade. Be sure to chat with the friendly locals who have the best inside knowledge on where to visit, explore and eat & drink next.
From Grain to Glass: A Badenoch Distillery Tour
Badenoch is synonymous with whisky, and no foodie trip would be complete without a visit to one of its renowned distilleries.
Dalwhinnie Distillery – the highest in the land
The remote but accessible Dalwhinnie Distillery offers a fascinating tour tof the highest and coldest working distillery in Scotland. Discover the ins and outs of a working Highland distillery in this unique location. Pairing whisky with chocolates from the Highland Chocolatier, the expressions tour is a special experience.
Speyside Delights: Speyside Distillery
No Badenoch whisky tour would be complete without a stop at the Speyside Distillery. This historic distillery, dating back to 1897, produces a range of single malt whiskies renowned for their rich and complex flavors. Their tours offer a glimpse into the traditional methods used to create their spirit, followed by a tasting in their charming tasting room. Sample their classic Speyside single malt or try one of their limited-edition bottlings for a truly special treat. Booking is essential.
Kinrara Distillery – A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation
Perfectly located just off the A9 south of Aviemore, Kinrara Distillery a Scottish craft gin producer is a must-visit for gin enthusiasts seeking a unique and memorable experience. Founded in 2017, this relatively young distillery is already making waves with its innovative approach to gin making. You can pop in to the shop to pick up some gin for your stay or book into a gin tasting experience.
A Badenoch Bonanza Awaits
So, whether you’re a seasoned foodie or simply looking for a taste of the good life, Badenoch has something for everyone. Come and discover the hidden gems of this Highland paradise, savor the fresh, local flavors, and create memories that will last a lifetime.