L is for lunch, and finding the best places for lunch tends to be part of the fun of being on holiday, discovering that fantastic place for a terrific lunch or snack you still remember when you get home.
Best Places for Lunch with a Coastal Theme
In this part of Scotland, there is no shortage of stunning coastal vistas. Therefore you can easily combine a walk on the beach at Roseisle with a lunch. One of my favourite ways to do this is to pick up a sandwich and other goodies from The Bakehouse at Findhorn and then use the tables at the beach. The more energetic can walk there and back or have lunch at The Captain’s Table and then walk back to your car. The beach is flat, gently curving sand with stunning views across the Moray Firth.
Looking to visit a harbour, try Lossiemouth and check out Harbour Lights down at the old fishing harbour. Be prepared to be watched by the local seals, and don’t forget to walk the new bridge to the magnificent beach and dunes.
Alternatively, Twenty Nineteen Cafe in Covesea Links is another lovely spot.
Further along the coast via Portknocki,e on the way to Cullen, you will see the natural phenomenon Bow Fiddle Rock and be able to sample the local delicacy Cullen Skink. A delicious thick soup made of haddock, potatoes and onions. It is fast becoming a Scottish signature dish. My advice is to try The Rockpool Cafe and Restaurant You need to try Bijou by the Sea for lighthouses and secret beaches. The walk from there to the Lighthouse is well worth it.
For those that like to stay close to us, try Torta at Findhorn – the cakes are to die for, and the view is beautiful. Don’t forget to visit the beach and see the seals.
And travelling west of us in Fisher town at Nairn, you have The Sun Dancer with stunning views of The Black Isle. And yet another gorgeous sandy beach to enjoy. If you are fortunate, you might combine this with some Dolphin Spotting.
Best Places for Lunch with a River Theme
The Cafe at Logie Steading is close to us and besides the stunning River Findhorn. In a beautiful parkland setting with some charming shops to visit. Perfect for a relaxed lunch or coffee before or after you take a walk along the river Findhorn and check out Randolph’s Leap.
Best Places for Lunch at Visitor Attractions
Try the Cafe at Ballindalloch Castle if you are visiting. It is lovely enough to merit a visit just for the Castle. You will get the Castle feeling in the Cafe. Glen Moray distillery makes a beautiful lunch spot, as does Glen Livet. Fortunately, there are lots of walks in Moray so that you can eat that extra scone!
Best Places for Lunch with a Shopping theme
Some of the places I suggest are first, Weavers at Johnstons of Elgin because every girl needs to shop and eat. Their café is full of homemade, locally sourced treats, and I have had to stop myself from looking at their cake counter. Even better, it is all made on site.
Best Places for Lunch Further Afield
If you prefer to spend time absorbing village life, there are lunch spots in traditional Highland villages such as Aberlour or Granton on Spey. If you are venturing to the Cairngorms National Park, stop in Ballater. Rock Salt and Snails is my favourite Cafe, and you live life as a local. Or visiting Braemar, then it has to be The Flying Stag at the Fife Arms
I have only mentioned a few places. You will not go hungry in Scotland, and you can rest assured that all of the above are using local produce and will provide a special memory to take home with you.
Have you got a favourite lunch spot you can share with us?
Top Tip – by a local cookbook and re-create some Scottish flavours.