With such an abundance of freshly sourced produce in this area you can be certain there are plenty of opportunities to sample some superb food. Fish, shellfish, game and locally grown salads and vegetables means the many places to eat in the heart of Sutherland are really worth a try.
For those guests who arrive by bicycle or on foot, please note that the closest evening eating establishments are approximately 6 miles away. If you wish to arrive with your own meals that simply need heating, we are happy to do this in our kitchen oven for you and lay a place at the dining table. Regretfully we can only offer this service to cyclists or walkers.
The Achness Hotel, Rosehall, Sutherland
Bar and Restaurant in picturesque countryside
The Achness Hotel, Rosehall. IV27 4BD
Tel: 01549 441239
The Achness Hotel in Rosehall is a real haunt for fishermen who visit this region. There are two choices here, one a restaurant (access on the right hand driveway to the side of the hotel) serving lunch and dinner or the bar (access to the left hand side driveway) where you can get a good selection of bar meals to suit every palate and purse. The Achness has an extensive range of single malts and usually has two ales available on the hand pumps. Main courses start at around £8.95.
Opens 7 days a week for lunch and dinner/bar meals. Last orders in the bar 8.30pm. Booking advisable.
Falls of Shin Cafe and Restaurant
Cafe, gifts, walks and leaping salmon
Falls of Shin, Achany Glen, By Lairg. IV27 4EE
Tel: 01549 402888
The new Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction re-opened in 2017 with a new cafe/restaurant, gift shop and adventure playground. An outdoor pavilion serves takeaway teas and coffee's and local ice cream. Inside the main building a varied menu with daily specials and a "fish and chips" night each Friday. During off peak season opening hours may vary, so check before travelling. After eating why not take a walk along the range of woodland walks starting from the car park which will take anything from 20 minutes to an hour. Of course don’t forget that between around April to October you may be lucky enough to see salmon jumping the falls as they migrate.
The Crannag Bistro, Bonar Bridge
Award winning restaurant with seasonal menu
The Crannag Bistro, Dornoch Road, Bonar Bridge. IV27 3EB
Tel: 01863 766111
The Crannag is owned and run by Ian and Kathy Smith, who fill the roles of front of house and chef respectively. Here you will find locally sourced produce showcased at its best in a wonderfully varied and seasonal menu. A very popular choice with locals and visitors and open all the year round. The Crannag Bistro has been serving customers since 2006 and won awards such as the Highlands and Islands Restaurant of the Year.
Booking essential. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm, with last orders at 8.30pm or by arrangement. A popular takeaway service is also available from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Crannag Bistro - Visit Scotland web entry
The Pier Café, Lairg
Popular Friday and Saturday evening destination
The Pier Café, Lochside, Lairg. IV27 4EG
Tel: 01549 402971
Here you will find a seasonally changing menu supplied with produce from the best local suppliers. Serving locals and visitors alike all the year round, so do book well in advance. For 3 courses here expect to pay about £20-£30 per head without wine. There is also a small craft shop, where you can pick up some interesting items from local producers.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, Sundays 10am to 6pm and opens for evening meals 5.30pm to 9pm only on Friday and Saturday evenings. Booking essential.
Luigi Dornoch, Castle St., Dornoch, Sutherland. IV253SN
Tel: 01862 810893
Luigi is a contemporary & friendly café/restaurant centrally located in the charming coastal northern Scottish town of Dornoch. Open daily for lunch year-round, enjoy soup & scallops, fresh salads & healthy sandwiches, risottos, burgers, homemade cakes & much more. Evenings bring a touch more formality, yet still relaxed casual, with an oft-changing continental menu with an emphasis on local seafood.
The Eagle, Dornoch
Bar Restaurant serving home cooked food and award winning ales
The recently refurbished Eagle is close to Dornoch Cathedral (pictured) and comprises a ground floor area combining a bar/ restaurant with original stone walls and offers authentic home cooked food and award winning real ales. The bar offers an extensive range of Scottish Single Malts and Scottish gins. Dornoch beach is an easy walk away and great for working up an appetite before eating at the Eagle.
Food is served daily from 12 noon until 9pm, while the bar is open till late.
Oykel Bridge Hotel
Hotel restaurant popular with fishermen
Oykel Bridge Hotel, Rosehall, By Lairg. IV27 4HE
Tel: 01549 441218
Dinner is a 5 course meal served in the dining room, this must be pre-booked. As an alternative bar meals are always available in the hotel as is morning coffee and afternoon tea.
Open Easter to 30th September.
All the above places to eat are a short drive from us at Ceol Mor Bed and Breakfast and are popular with all our guests. Options further afield as follows:
Kylesku Hotel and Restaurant
Fabulous destination pub and restaurant
The Kylesku Hotel, Kylesku, Sutherland, IV27 4HW
Tel: 01971 502231
The Kylesku Hotel is a family run, old coaching inn dating back to 1680, and is situated by the former ferry slipway on the shores of Loch Glendhu. Here you will be tempted with the freshest, local, quality food, in welcoming, friendly and comfortable surroundings. The owners are passionate about food and locally sourced food is their speciality. With fishing boats landing on the slipway outside the hotel, it’s more about ‘food metres’ than ‘food miles’.
Altnaharra Hotel, Altnaharra, By Lairg
Highland Luxury Hotel with Fine Dining
Altnaharra Hotel, Altnaharra, By Lairg. IV27 4EF
Tel: 01549 411222
The hotel restaurant is a great place to enjoy a fine a la carte menu. Non residents are welcome to dine subject to availability. For a lighter alternative, bar meals are available for snacks and light lunches.
Booking essential for the restaurant.