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Bridge Cottage & Cafe GalleryMain Street
Tel: 01445 781335
Opening Times:
April – October: Every day from 10.30 – 5.30
November – March: Sat & Sun only from 10.30 – 4.30

As featured in `The Creaky Traveler`

Delicious hot and cold food and home baking served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. All our snacks are carefully prepared and freshly cooked on the premises. All our baking is made by ourselves to ensure the best in home made quality, using only the finest ingredients (organic where possible). We do not buy in any ready made or frozen meals. Our Gallery features work by highland artists, crafts people, jewellers and potters.

Badachro Inn
Ross-shire IV21 2AA
Tel: 01445 741255
Email: [email protected]
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You can find Badachro Inn in Badachro, on the shore of Loch Gairloch, in the shelter of Badachro Bay, one of the finest anchorages in the West of Scotland. A stone`s throw from the jetty, Badachro Inn is a perfect place with an atmosphere to match: good company, the best craic, fine beers, wine and spirits (an excellent selection of malts) and a varied and exciting menu.

We welcome everyone: yachts-people, walkers, nature lovers… and in Badachro we can put you in touch with places to stay and things to do while you`re here. Whether you are in this part of Scotland for a short or long stay, whether you are a family on holiday, nature-lovers, munro-baggers or seafarers, Badachro Inn is the place to stop for a while. You will come back again.

Badachro Inn serves the best of food – bar lunches and informal evening meals. We have an extensive wine list, and for the whisky connoisseur there is a very comprehensive stock of malt whiskies.

When the weather is fine, enjoy a meal and a drink in the inn garden looking out on Badachro Bay and the nearby working jetty. When the weather is not so fine, come inside for the best in Highland hospitality in front of a roaring fire.

Something to tempt you?

What do you hope to find in Wester Ross to tempt your palate?

Until recent years the choice would have been limited, to say the least. These days you can find a Chinese takeaway in Ullapool, Italian choices in Gairloch and everything in between.

Your choice of whisky has never been limited however. The Drumchork Hotel in Aultbea boasts a mammoth list of whiskies available from those normally priced, to tots which might cost as much as the price of an entire holiday. There are even plans afoot to establish a micro-distillery here, as there is no history of whisky distilling in Wester Ross (unless you count the infinite number of illegal stills which were once said to litter the hillsides hereabouts!).

If you are a seasoned whisky drinker then you can expand your experience here in various hotels and pubs, which all make a point of keeping a good selection. If you are new to whisky then you must first decide what sort of taste you are looking for. Some of the distilleries on the eastern side of the country offer tours and tastings but there are no such distilleries here. Malt whiskies usually have a smokey flavour and are less fiery. Blended whiskies range in intensity and flavour from bland to explosive. Most connoisseurs would advocate drinking without water but if you find neat whisky too harsh then water might be helpful. To gain a little knowledge before your visit you could always buy a copy of the pocket-sized Collins gem Whisky, handy for that discreet cheat when faced with a dizzying array of blends!

There are other Scottish beers readily available in local pubs, some brewed in Skye, others on the Black Isle. Consult your barman for details on the various tastes on offer! A microbrewery has recently been established in Dundonnell and its beers are available locally.

Of course, haggis is the archetypal Scottish fare. Comprising various ingredients of an unusual nature, plus secret extras, every maker produces a slightly different product. Dingwall boasts a world-class haggis maker, and locally it can be served plain or with whisky sauce, or used as an accompaniment or stuffing in other dishes. It might be unwise to investigate too deeply into the contents of this noble dish, as modern day diners often have delicate sensibilities. The best advice is to eat it first, ask as to the contents afterwards, if you have a burning desire to know, but otherwise remain in blissful ignorance and just savour the product.

Some of the best shellfish in the country are landed at Charleston, and are happily intercepted by some local hotel and restaurant owners. Mussels from Loch Torridon and hand-dived scallops from Loch Ewe also find their way on to many a menu. Restaurant and hotel owners try to source much of their produce locally, or certainly within Scotland to offer a great range of first class dining. Fresh fish is not available locally unless you want to try and encourage one of the fishing boats that lands its catch at Charleston to sell you some fish fresh from the boat. There are two fish sellers who have a mobile service which calls once a week, ask locally as to where you can find them. If you do manage to purchase some fish you may find the recipes in the Ullapool Fish Week booklet and the handy booklet Scottish Fish Recipes offer some interesting ideas.

Venison is another local product that is much used. The local butcher also sells venison, frozen, and fresh when in season for anyone who is self-catering and wants to try this delicious lean meat. The flavour is somewhat similar to beef but with a more pronounced flavour and very low in fat.

As you drive around the area you will see plenty of salmon cages in the lochs. Farmed salmon is now available everywhere, but locally smoked salmon is available as is the much less common hot-smoked salmon. This is already cooked and can be used as a delicious filling for sandwiches, stir-fried with vegetables or as a basis for a salad. Small smokehouses can be found in Aultbea and further north at Achiltibuie and their products are on sale in local shops.

In the summer months Poolewe Market has stalls selling everything from locally produced fruit and vegetables and home baked cakes and savouries to the unique speciality of clootie dumpling.

Visit the Tourist Information Office in Gairloch for more information on places to eat and where to buy local produce.