Food & Drink
No trip to Caithness is complete without trying our traditional Scottish food and drink! Food, scran, grub - whatever you name it, we Scots love it!

Food and Drink in Caithness

With so much food and drink to sample in Caithness your taste buds will be tingling!

No trip to Caithness is complete without trying our traditional Scottish food and drink! Food, scran, grub –  whatever you name it, we Scots love it! We have a wide variety of national foods that go hand in hand with our beloved beverages. So read on and fin out more about food and drink in Caithness, Scotland.

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No 1 Bistro & Mackays Bar

For a taste of Scotland, join us at No 1 Bistro our restaurant in Caithness. Our delicious dishes feature fresh, local ingredients. Proper Highland fayre, right here in Caithness. Our Mackays Bar stocks over 500 whiskies. Along with a wide variety of beers, wines and spirits. We make a mean cocktail too!


On a 14-day NC500 trip staying in 10 different hotels, this one stood out food wise as the best, including over some more expensive accommodation. We had a DBB rate. Usually hotels only provide a table d’hote menu if dinner is included but McKays allowed us full range of the menu. Our dinner was perfect even without a glass of wine to go with our steaks due to covid regs in Scotland. The breakfast was also the best on our trip. Top marks to the kitchen staff. I gather the hotel is family run over a couple of generations and it shows. Friendly, attentive staff at reception and restaurant. Warm and welcoming.

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Our local distilleries...
A bottle of Wolfburn whisky
Two bottles of Old Pulteney whisky in the bar at Mackays Hotel

Breweries & Distilleries in Caithness

We have an array of distilleries you can visit when you come to Caithness. So why not head along and sample some local beers and spirits? Take a tour to discover how your favourite drinks are made. From the famous Scottish whisky to gin and ales we have it all. Read on to see where you can visit locally.

Visit Old Pulteney Distillery and Wolfburn Distillery

The golden liquid is always popular here so why not visit its origins at our local distilleries...

Awarded World Whisky of the Year for their 21-year old (2012), Old Pulteney Distillery is a must-see to truly embrace the essence of Wick. Having thrived during Wick’s herring glory, Old Pulteney was one of the 50 pubs that were involved in serving 500 gallons of Whisky a day!

Additionally, with whisky roots dating back to 1821, the Wolfburn Distillery embraced the former glory of Thurso’s whisky. Established in 2012, Wolfburn’s modern approach to distilling Single Malt Whisky is an intriguing addition to visit while wandering through nearby town Thurso.

Dunnet Bay Distillery and John O Groats Brewery

And for the Gin and Ale lovers our there...!

For all those Gin lovers out there, be sure to pass through Dunnet Bay Distillery – makers of the delicious Rock Rose Gin! Here you can explore their visitor centre and enjoy a tipple. We sometimes stock John O Groats Brewery’s small-batch craft ales in our bar. Although tours of this artisan brewery are not available at the moment, they are currently working on creating a visitor centre. So soon you can learn more about their brewing process.

Three gin cocktails

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