Select your Christmas supplies
Food is one of the best parts of Christmas, and there are plenty of local companies to supply all the ingredients for your Christmas dinner. We always recommend ordering your turkey and other Christmas dinner supplies in advance – call or email the business that takes your fancy to discuss your requirements and arrange a collection time.
Don’t be afraid to depart from your usual Christmas foodie traditions and try something new – add some Scottish flavour to your Christmas dinner with a starter of haggis bon bons, Scottish smoked salmon or Cock-a-leekie soup. For pudding, cranachan – a Scottish dessert made from toasted oats, cream, fresh raspberries and a tiny measure of whisky – is a popular choice to complete your meal.
You’ll find plenty of local farm shops, butchers and delis around the route to stock up on festive treats. As December draws near, Christmas markets begin to pop up along the North Coast 500, specialising in fresh produce, unique gifts and festive treats. https://www.northcoast500.com/see-do/events/winter-events/
At the Storehouse, near Evanton twenty minutes from the start of your North Coast 500 journey, you can pre-order your Christmas turkey along with everything you could possibly need to serve with it: from raw or pre-prepped vegetables from the restaurant, to stuffing and puddings, as well as home-made mince pies, pates, cheeses, confectionery, biscuits and an extensive selection of beers and spirits from local distillers and brewers. This huge selection of local ingredients and sweet treats also makes the Storehouse the perfect place to stock up a Christmas hamper – the ideal gift for family or a friend who is a foodie! If time or inspiration is not on your side, you can choose to order one of the Storehouse’s pre-prepared gift hampers. After food shopping, why not enjoy a mince pie and a festive drink in the Storehouse restaurant? Don’t forget, too, that North Coast 500 members can make the most of their discount at the Storehouse.
If you’re planning to stay on the west coast for Christmas, pre-order your Christmas turkey from Leckmelm Holiday Cottages: situated on Leckmelm Farm, which was established in 1880 and rears a flock of free range bronze and white turkeys. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop in past West Coast Delicatessen in Ullapool. This gem of a shop is home to an extensive choice of biscuits, chutneys and preserves, pates, cold meats and fresh fish, along with Torrone, hand-made Italian nougat, and a selection of more than 100 cheeses – perfect for creating your own luxury cheese board.
Likewise, why not check out George Cockburn and Son Butchers in Dingwall for all things Christmassy! From gluten-free stuffing to turkey and all the trimmings, goose and award-winning haggis, this is Scotland’s first champion haggis-maker. Be sure to stop in past, whether you’re driving up the east coast or the west coast.
For sweet treats, Harry Gow Bakery at North Kessock has a wide selection of Christmas cakes and puddings, mince pies and Christmas themed products. Located just outside Inverness, this family-owned, fifth-generation bakers is the perfect pit stop when exploring the Black Isle – and NC500 members get 10% off all purchases.