With a range of real ales, tasty snacks and freshly prepared meals, and an excellent beer garden to sit in on fine days — contrary to what you may have heard, they do actually occur in Inverness! — the Castle Tavern is perfectly placed for resting and recharging while exploring the city. As the name suggests, the location is right next to the famous castle.
The Castle Tavern, View Place, Inverness, +44 1463 718178
Situated on the banks of Loch Ness and with ‘monster views,’ the Dores Inn is a true Highland gem. Ideally suited for a stop off on an adventure to the most famous Loch in the world; if the weather is good the beer garden is a stunning place to sit, if the weather is bad then the log fire is cosy and welcoming. Booking for meals is advised, as the location draws a keen and mixed clientèle, with both tourists and locals enjoying the excellent options on the menu.
The Dores Inn, Dores, Inverness, +44 1463 751203
The Waterfront is renowned for its tasty food, with locally sourced ingredients and a great menu. If you like your meat, then the steaks are definitely for you, but there is also a wide selection of other dishes, including vegetarian options, available. If you have special dietary requirements, just mention it when ordering. The drinks are good too, but best of all is the service, which is second to none.
The Waterfront, Huntly Street, Inverness, +44 1463 233870