Places to Eat: Fine Dining

Fine Dining

Fresh lobster from Tarbat Ness, succulent local lamb, world-famous
haggis, traditional oat-meal cheese. Local produce provides a marvellous base for a great dining experience. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, a family event or an intimate evening with your partner, you will find great dining experiences in Portmahomack and the surrounding area.

The village is home to the widely acclaimed Oystercatcher Restaurant (Sunday Times review 2004).

Other suggestions would include Luigi's or Dornoch Castle in Dornoch, Carnegie Lodge or Royal Hotel in Tain, Balintore Inn in Balintore (tell Mike we sent you).

Places to Eat: Casual

The region is dotted with casual eating places. Whether it is a meal at Caledonian House just yards from Killearn Cottage or an Indian curry in Tain, there is enough variety to please every taste.

A starter list with contact numbers is available at Killearn Cottage. However, you have plenty of opportunity to discover your own. You have lots of places to explore including Tain, the Seaboard Villages, Fearn, Dornoch, Nigg, Invergordon, Alness, Inverness, Dingwall, Strathpeffer, Cromarty and many more.

Places to Eat: Fast Food

Fish and Chips, Indian Pakora to go, pizza, even the "Golden Arches". They are all available within the area. Detailed suggestions and contact phone numbers are provided at Killearn Cottage in the cottage guide book.

The Bottom Line: Snacks and Goodies


The Scots are famous for their sweet tooth and love of desserts. The tradition is continued by local bakers like Grants in Tain and chains like Harry Gow. The area is dotted with bakeries, cafes and resteraunts where coffee, tea or a glass of wine can be shared with something sinfully delicious.