Holidays for us are coupled with indulgence and treats. The smell of freshly baked croissants and danish pastries is unparalleled and for me, this is what a holiday away from home smells like. Coupled with the aroma of a beautiful coffee, even a dreich Scottish day can be perked up with this!
'dreich' referring to weather describes a dreary, bleak, gloomy, dull day
We felt it was our obligation to bring you our best bakeries in the area - some are worth a drive to get to, others are more local. But all have mouth watering home baked delicacies and are well worth adding to your must-visit list for your break in Tomatin
Jammy Piece - The Strathdearn Hub, Tomatin
Located in the community hub within our village is the Jammy Piece cafe. With their main cafe located in Inverness City Centre, they have managed to build a fantastic reputation and loyal following. They set the bar extremely high with their scones and their homemade soup is always amazing also.
The Old Bakery - Carrbridge
Filled with locals, the Old Bakery in Carrbridge is a 10 minute drive away from Tomatin and is run by the lovely Paige and her team. While you can get an array of sweet and savoury delights, the showstopper for us are the fudgy white chocolate blondies. Pop on their facebook page for updates on opening hours and you can pop in to sit in or takeaway.
KJ's Bothy Bakery - Grantown on Spey
We have always been great fans of the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore, so when we heard that Kirsten was opening up a new venture in Grantown on Spey, we couldn't be more excited! This lady is the author of the Mountain Cafe Cookbook and renowned in the area for her and her teams expert baking and culinary skills. We recommend travelling to get a loaf of fresh multigrain or french bread
Perk Doughnuts - Inverness City Centre
A recent addition to Inverness's bakery scene, Perk Coffee & Doughnuts is run by Nicole and her team and offers a delectable range of doughnuts with an evolving menu and flavours that are often surprising and always insanely good. One of our favourites was the Bee'hive yourself!🐝White chocolate ganache, handmade honeycomb crumble and caramel drizzle.
Harry Gow Bakery - several stores across Inverness
Harry Gow has become a market leader in Inverness, growing over recent years to have bakeries across Inverness and further afield. You'll also find some of their products in local co-op stores. Visit their bakeries to find out what made them the first ever Scottish Baker of the Year and make sure you sample their 'birthday cake slice'... you'll want a second slice, trust us!
Bad Girl Bakery - Muir of Ord
Bad Girl Bakery is located on the north side of Inverness where Jeni and her team run a small cafe in addition to a pop-up cake van which you will find in Inverness's Falcon Square from time to time. This is where we first sampled their cakes and they are a delight. Their slogan is 'bad girls make good cake' and from what we've tried, they're 100% correct!
If this hasn't got you hungry, we don't know what will! Let us know where you have visited when you come to stay with us and enjoy the treats!
Angus | Team Melfort