Dramatic, rugged and wild – the nature of the landscape nurtured in the Cairngorms National Park is reflected in the riches of food and drink within. Few regions in Scotland encapsulate the traditional cuisine of the country so well: venison from deer that range the hills, beef from Highland cattle and hardy rare-breeds, salmon and trout from mountain rivers and whisky from age-old distilleries. This is a guide to all the produce that is reared, grown, caught, shot, distilled and brewed within the Park, and just as importantly, where to find it, from farm shops and markets to cafes and restaurants.
First published in June 2013, and independently compiled to reflect the best of the Cairngorm’s contemporary food scene, this is above all a guide to help you find, appreciate and enjoy great local food.
- Our quick-fire Round Up of the region’s producers is a great place to start for an introductory overview
- The comprehensive Where to Eat guide includes cafés and pubs, restaurants, bistros and hotels.
- Need a good butcher? Where to Buy lists the best independent food and drink shops in the Cairngorms.
- Local chefs tell you about their most trusted local suppliers.
- Read the stories of the people who create the unique flavours of the region – the farmers, cheesemakers, millers, bakers, brewers and distillers.
Survey the landscape’s larder with an introduction to the Cairngorm’s estates.
Find out whether location matters with a tour of some of Scotland’s highest distilleries
Meet the resident miller and baker at one of Scotland’s last remaining working watermills