Self-catering doesn’t mean you have to spend your holiday in the kitchen

  • Fiona 

Staying in self-catered accommodation doesn’t mean that you have to spend your time cooking every meal, but it does give you the freedom to choose between eating in and eating out. So, here we are sharing some of our top tips for making the most of your trip to the Cairngorms National Park, by recommending some of our favourite places to dine.

Run by the Vastanos, the Old Post Office Cafe Gallery serves all sorts of hot drinks, delicious focaccias and salads, and a selection of famous Potting Shed cakes. In addition, it’s the perfect canvas for showcasing Ann’s own stunning artwork as well as the works of other local artists. 

A family-run hotel in Carrbridge, The Cairn is the best place for hearty lunches and dinners by the fire. Order a roast dinner and save on all the preparation and dirty dishes. 

Popular with visitors and locals alike, you can sit in the bar or in the restaurant. It’s dog-friendly too, so the whole family is welcome.

Staying in is the new going out – did you know? 

The Lochinver Larder started as a deli takeaway before expanding into a B&B and a restaurant. Their pies are so popular that they now deliver to UK mainland ready for reheating or freezing!

Whether walking, cycling or travelling by car, Nethy House is a great stop for brunch or lunch in their vintage-styled cafe.

There is also a fabulous selection of hot drinks, home-baking (their peppermint slice is to die for), and even some locally crafted gifts.

The Balavoulin has had various revamps over the years and the latest has graced Aviemore with its own gastropub. 

Generous servings are on the menu with options for brunch, lunch and dinner. 

We can’t forget the cocktails – they do a fantastic Espresso Martini – and only a short taxi drive from Avielochan.

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