There’s a wide choice of restaurants in Inverness and these are some of our favourites in the city centre.
Rocpool On The River – consistently excellent food, and situated next to the Young Street Bridge.
The River House – fine contemporary Scottish cooking in an intimate setting.
Rocpool Reserve – an upmarket restaurant at Rocpool Reserve hotel.
The Castle Tavern – a cosy traditional pub with a great selection of single malts and real ales, and tasty, good value pub fare.
Aspendos – serving Turkish cuisine, with plenty of vegetarian options.
Cafe 1 – an attractive bistro serving an eclectic mix, including an “early bird” menu for those wanting to dine early.
Riva – an Italian restaurant on the riverside.
The Mustard Seed – a very popular restaurant in a converted church on Bank Street.
Spice Tandoori – an Indian restaurant overlooking the river.
Kitchen Brasserie – serving a varied menu, and situated in a wonderful contemporary building with great river views.
Hootananny – a regular winner of Inverness Pub of the Year, Hoots serves food until 8.30 pm (except on Sundays), with live traditional .music in the Ceilidh Bar every night of the week from 9.30 pm. A great favourite.
For lunch or light meals try Leakey’s Bookshop Cafe on Church Street), Velocity for delicious and wholesome food, near the Eastgate on St Stephens Brae, or the River Cafe on Bank Street, for both light bites or more substantial meals.
Closer to By The Brae B&B in the Westhill area are:
Culloden Moor Inn (2 miles) – a popular pub renowned for its hearty, good value meals.
Saffron India (1 mile) – a newcomer on the Inverness restaurant scene and already rating as a favourite with locals.
Culloden House Hotel (2 miles) – for fine cuisine in gracious surroundings.
The Snow Goose (2 and a half miles) – cosy and welcoming pub serving traditional pub grub.
The Glasshouse at Simpsons Garden Centre (1 and a half miles) – open daily from 9 am until 5.30 pm and serving tasty freshly prepared food.
Local ceramics and artwork can be found at:
Celtic jewellery, quaichs, local pottery, Caithness glass and silverware can be found at several gift shops located in Church Street and in the Victorian Market, (Queensgate & Union Street) an attractive restored 19th Century market, home to a wide array of small shops, including a herbalist, needlework and crafts, jewellers, model toys, health foods, fancy dress outfitter, chocolate maker, and others.
Leakey’s Books is an antiquarian bookshop located in an old church (also in Church Street) and is the largest of its kind in Scotland (it also has a cafe).
Waterstones bookstore in the Eastgate Centre has a wide selection of fiction and non fiction, with a good Scottish section, as well as cards and gifts.
The Scottish Kiltmaker at Highland House of Fraser (Huntly Street and Bridge Street) has the largest kiltmaking workshop in Scotland and the helpful staff are happy to advise.
The Eastgate Centre is home to many well-known high street brands, including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Debenhams, Topshop, Next, H&M, Phase Eight, Schuh, Jones the Bootmaker, and many others.
Local transport links are good, with bus services and coach tours available to most parts of the Highlands, and rail links to many destinations. The local Tourist Information Centre (located in Castle Wynd) has timetables for the various operating companies and can, in some cases, book tickets for coach and boat tours.
Scottish Talespinner – for guiding and true tales with Hugh Allison.
Inverness Tours – offering organised and personalised tours througnout the Highlands.
WOW Tours – an award winning fun and independent company which specialises in providing fully customised private tours from Inverness and Invergordon as well as fantastic group tours.
Inverness Bike Hire
Happy Tours – Inverness walking tours, bike hire, and electric bikes.
Secret Scotland – for holiday routes and comprehensive guidance to special places off the beaten track.
Jacobite Tours – for cruises on Loch Ness.
Nessieland at Loch Ness – Experience the magic and mystery of Loch Ness and its world-famous monster Nessie.
Loch Ness Tours – Ness Tours allow you to create at tour encompassing all of the places and landmarks you would like to visit. You can be collected from Inverness or Invergordon.
Diana Gabaldon Outlander Tours – By The Brae is located very near some of the places featured in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. A list of local tour guides offering Diana Gabaldon tours has been compiled by Diana herself on her website.