Eat, Drink & Shop

Dramatic, rugged and wild; the nature of the landscape nurtured in the Cairngorms National Park is reflected in its food & drink…

Few regions in Scotland encapsulate the traditional and world-famous cuisine of the country as well as the Cairngorms. Venison from deer that roam freely. Beef from Highland cattle and hardy rare breeds. Salmon and trout from pristine rivers and lochs. Whisky from age-old distilleries. All sold in the Park’s wealth of independent retailers.


What is traditional Cairngorms food?

Cairngorms food is very distinctive, high quality and well-renowned. It includes, for example, venison from deer that range across the hills, beef from Highland cattle and hardy rare breeds, salmon and trout from pristine rivers and lochs and whisky from age-old distilleries. Beyond those headliners are other delights: bread from a 400 year old mill, world leading gins, award winning beer and wild food for foraging.

Why is it better to buy local in the Cairngorms?

Buying local and trying the traditional delicacies is part of the experience of being in the Cairngorms. Not only that, when you buy local you are helping support the local economy and reducing food miles and so it’s better for the environment. Buying local really helps farmers and managers keep caring for the Park, so please, whenever you can, look out for locally-produced food.

Can I catch my own dinner in the Cairngorms?

Yes! There are 60 estates in the Cairngorms National Park covering about 75% of the area. Many of them give the public the opportunity to buy their produce and, even, get involved in the process of catching it – whether that be grouse shooting, deer stalking or fishing. There’s is also a growing interest in foraging, and educating people about going out into the wild to pick their own food.

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