The Old Inn
“Traditional coaching inn with its own brewery” - AA Inspector
Specialising in freshly landed local seafood, Highland game produce, Scottish real ales and live folk music, The Old Inn is below the majestic Torridon Mountains, just inland from Gairloch's little harbour. Superb walks to secluded bays and wooded crags, and ravishing views across to Skye and the outer islands abound. Owner Alastair Pearson brews several beers on site, as well as stocking some from other Scottish micros. Specialising in local seafood and game, the pub also smokes its own meats, fish and cheese, and bread is baked in-house. Start with a seafood chowder featuring scallops, prawns, local white fish and topped with a rouille crouton and grated cheese, followed by haggis cairn, neeps, potatoes, Drambuie cream and oatcakes; or the steak and ale hotpot. Specials might well include seafood risotto; langoustine and calamari platter; venison steak; and home-made game casserole. Cath's award-winning clootie dumpling – a rich whisky flavoured fruit pudding – makes for a rewarding dessert. There are always vegetarian and vegan dishes available and special dietary requirements can be catered for.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Sports TV
- Closed: N
- Wide selection of Ales
- Micro Brewery Ale
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About the area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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