Eating Out while staying at Hazelgove Self Catering Cottage, Loch Ness
As you have chosen a self catering cottage you will no doubt be cooking for yourselves on some nights during your stay, but you may also wish to do some eating out to experience some of the excellent eateries in the area.
Hazelgrove is located 16 miles from both Inverness and Fort Augustus. There are a number of supermarkets in Inverness and couple of smaller foodstores in Fort Augustus. The village of Foyers is 2 miles from Hazelgrove and there is a small village shop and post office. Opening times and range of items available are a little restrictive in Foyers so you might prefer to head for Inverness if you have a larger shopping to do. Cameron’s Tea room and the shop at Loch Ness Shores camp site also have a range of tempting treats.
Foyers Stores is the closest shop for your essential items while staying at Hazelgrove. Just two miles from the cottage, there is also a post office and the Waterfall cafe where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.
As the welcome basket is essentially a “starter pack” you will want to do a larger shop to see you through most of your week eating in at the cottage. Tesco Home Shopping Online is an excellent service you can use to save time and avoid having to stock up the car when you leave home. If you place your order a few days in advance of your arrival at Hazelgrove, you can choose a delivery slot once you have settled in and to suit your own timescale.
The full address of the cottage is
South Loch Ness
MAIN SUPERMARKETS AND PETROL STATIONS – INVERNESS
Tesco – Holm Roundabout
Travelling to Inverness from Hazelgrove, there is a Tesco just off the Holm Roundabout. Although smaller than the stores at Inshes and the Retail Park it is certainly more convenient for anyone on the south side of the Loch. It also has Petrol.
Asda – Western Distributor Road
Travelling to Inverness from Hazelgrove, turn right at the Holm Roundabout and follow signs for the A9. Asda is on your RHS half way along the southern distributor road.
Tesco Inshes – Inshes Retail Park
Travelling to Inverness from Hazelgrove, turn right at the Holm Roundabout and follow signs for the A9. At the last roundabout (Police HQ on your LHS and Inshes retail park on your RHS, take the last exit into Tesco Petrol and Store.
Tesco Extra – Inverness Retail Park
Travelling to Inverness from Hazelgrove, turn right at the Holm Roundabout and follow the signs for the A96 and the A9. At the last roundabout (Police HQ on your LHS and Tesco Inshes on your RHS, take the exit – A9 north and A96. Keep on the slip road and at the roundabout follow signs for Aberdeen, the airport and Inverness Retail Park.
Morrisons – City Centre
Travelling to Inverness from Hazelgrove, go straight on at the Holm roundabout and follow signs for the city centre. After Bellfield Park, the road splits. Keep left and follow the road along the river. At the first set of traffic lights keep to the right hand lane. Go straight over these lights. At next set of lights turn right onto Academy Street. Continue along Academy Street and follow the road round to the left at M&S. Keep to left hand lane. At traffic lights go straight ahead and also at next set of lights. Morrisons is on your LHS.
SHOPS AND PETROL STATION – FORT AUGUSTUS
Great Glen Way Trading Company and Petrol station
Travelling from Fort Augustus from Hazelgrove, continue into the centre of the village across the Canal swing bridge. The Great Glen Way shop and petrol station are on your LHS. The main car park for Fort Augustus in just beyond the shop and pertrol station, again on your LHS.
Travelling from Fort Augustus from Hazelgrove, continue into the centre of the village. Just before the Canal swing bridge, turn right along the canal side – the Spar Shop is on your RHS. For easier parking, you might like to use the main car park for Fort Augustus which is across the Canal swing bridge and just beyond the Great Glen Way shop and pertrol station, on your LHS.
If you prefer eating out rather than cooking, there’s a great variety of restaurants to try during your stay at Hazelgrove. If you just want a short drive, then Foyers, Whitebridge and Dores offer good homely cooking. Fort Augustus has a couple of lively restaurants beside the Caledonian Canal while Inverness has the variety and quality you would expect from any thriving city. Most of the restaurants listed overlook the river or are right in the centre of the city. Eating out is a fun way to try the range of local produce on offer. The following list is just a sample of what is on offer.
FOYERS (2 miles) Tel Code 01456
Waterfall Café (486233): Situated bedside the falls of Foyers – good home cooking and yummy cakes after your walk to and from the Falls!
Camerons Tea Room (486572): Tea room and farm shop on the far side of Foyers. Tasty lunches and a great variety of home baking
Craigdarroch Inn (486400): The Inn now has a pub – An Fuaram, which also provides a variety of bar meals including freshly made pizzas
WHITEBRIDGE (6 miles) Tel code 01456
Whitebridge Hotel (486226): Tasty Bar meals served in the Lounge bar.
DORES (8 miles) Tel Code 01463
Dores Inn (01463 751203): Good pub for eating out and in a spectacular setting. Booking essential during summer. Free shuttle bus service available.
FARR (10 miles) Tel Code 01808
Grouse and Trout at the Steadings Hotel (521314): Hotel Restaurant – quality cooking – booking recommended.
FORT AUGUSTUS (16 miles) Tel Code 01320)
Lock Inn, Canalside (366302): Great for a pub meal and dogs are welcome!
Bothy, Canalside (366710): Good food served by the edge of the canal but credit cards may not be accepted.
Boathouse at the Abbey (366682): A great new restaurant looking down the length of the loch and part of the Abbey development.
INVERNESS (16 miles) Tel code 01463
Cafe 1, 75 Castle Street (226200): Really imaginative use of local produce below the Castle.
Girvans, 2 – 4 St Stephens Brae (711900): An institution amongst Invernesians!
Kitchen, 15 Huntly Street (259119) “Sister” restaurant to the Mustard Seed – excellent position overlooking the River Ness and excellent food.
La Tortilla Asesina, 99 Castle Street (709809): High quality Spanish Tapas bar close to the castle.
Mustard Seed, 16 Fraser Street (220220): Very good food overlooking the River Ness – one of the best restaurants in Inverness.
Riva, 4 Ness Walk (237377): Excellent Italian beside the River Ness.
River House, 1 Greig Street (222033): Fine dining with seafood their speciality.
Rocpool Rendevous, 1 Ness Walk (717274): Probably our favourite restaurant in Inverness.
Rocpool Reserve, Culduthel Road 240089): Certainly the best Hotel restaurant in Inverness and where we would recommend for that very special occasion.
Zizzi’s, 20 Bridge Street,(237735): The Italian chain now has a restaurant over looking the river – you can’t go wrong here for an excellent meal.