Traditional Scottish Country Inn and Luxury Holiday Homes

Open Tuesday - Sunday from 5.30pm.
(last food orders 8.30pm)

Our 2019 season runs from 27th March – 3rd November

To book a stay in our luxury holiday home click on the link below.

Great food and always a friendly welcome

The Croft Inn is delighted to welcome visitors from the UK and across the world. We strive to be everything you would expect a traditional Highland Inn to be.

Situated in the Malt Room, the restaurant is light and airy with stunning views. Our chef has created a menu with delicious seasonal favourites with a wee taste of the Highlands that takes full advantage of the superb fish and game that is available locally. We are proud of our well deserved reputation.

The bar is friendly and the locals are engaging, our cellar is well kept and we have an excellent selection of Whiskies.

Among the many compliments we have received, Eat Scotland says of us:

'The Croft Inn is an oasis of traditional welcome and hearty fare in a wide rolling landscape of magnificent Scottish countryside. Good, wholesome food, in generous portions, served in the informal atmosphere of a country inn.'

Restaurant bookings: 01807 590361


The Croft Inn is a popular Scottish restaurant and bar situated on the edge of Glenlivet Estate and the Cairngorm National Park.

We have luxury self catering holiday homes adjacent to the Inn available to let for up to 4 people (minimum stay just 2 nights).


We are uniquely placed to take advantage of the amazing wildlife and the many activities available from the Cairngorms to the coast and take great pride in the number of guests that regularly stay with us.

So no matter what your particular fancy we feel confident that a stay with us will be something you'll fondly remember and hopefully repeat for years to come.

For links to a few ideas of just some of the activities easily available within a day trip or less from the Croft Inn CLICK HERE.


Treat yourself to something special.

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To book a stay in our luxury holiday home click on the link below.


Our most recent Tripadvisor reviews

  •   We could not have asked for a better dining experience in Scotland – never mind in a tiny town within Cairngorm! We came on a quiet night and had a delightful long chat with the owner about a number of different things. The other staff...More

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      Decided to try The Croft Inn following so many recommendations and so glad we did. The place was warm and cosy and the staff were attentive and friendly. We decided to try the Haggis bon bons as a starter and also the brie, which was...More

    thumb GemStevelondon

      After receiving a warm welcome from the host Helena, we were shown a fabulous home cooked menu with a great choice. I'm glad I chose the salmon, it was absolutely delicious with the lemon croquettes. Other party members sampled the beautiful lamb shank, the chicken...More

    thumb Mollytraveller1

      We visited the inn this week while staying at the Glenlivet Lodges and were bowled over by the delicious home made food and extremely warm welcome from Helena. Wonderful Scottish fare and fabulous veggie options (I had the Sporran- photo below!) Would definitely recommend a...More

    thumb FMurray1983

      Based on the reviews this was supposed to be a restaurant with good food. But this turned out not to be true. Small pub section where we had a drink, restaurant is only small and was busy. A lot of food on the menu is...More

    thumb ekholland27

      Enjoy our drive back and forwards every time. As the food is always first class would highly recommend.

    thumb branston182
  •   We stayed at the Thistle Dhu Inn and walked the half mile to the restaurant. The restaurant owners were welcoming. The service was excellent. The food was outstanding! Highly recommended.

    thumb VCwanderer

      Visited with a group of 12 and Helena the landlady went out of her way to make sure we had a great night! Definitely recommend this place if you’re in the Glenlivet area!

    thumb iangL2333MN

      Visited with a group of 12 and Helena the landlady went out of her way to make sure we had a great night! Definitely recommend this place if you’re in the Glenlivet area!

    thumb iangriffinUK

      We had driven by this inn a few weeks ago, and decided to pop back for an evening meal, and we are so glad we did! We were expecting the usual pub fare, but no! The team here makes you very welcome, and every dish...More

    thumb casa_tyr

      Food is wonderful here and views superb. Vegans well catered for too. ⭐️ Staff vey friendly. Will definitely be back.

    thumb Katrinoz

      Thank you so much for a delicious dinner at The Croft Inn. Our meals were perfect and the staff were incredibly welcoming. A warm and cosy night. We would highly recommend to anyone visiting.

    thumb Elise N
  •   We had lots of things go wrong during dinner, with a huge delay, and despite acknowledging this, they didn't do anything to actually make up for it. If this had been our only ever visit to the Inn, we wouldn't go back, but we know...More

    thumb BearsdenExplorer

      This was our second time eating at the Croft Inn and we enjoyed it immensely. The food is excellent, I had a delicious venison wellington and my wife had an equally good steak pie (excellent pastry on both!). We followed up with some excellent whiskies...More

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      My wife and I stopped here during our honeymoon. Food was simple, local and tasty. Venison Wellington was cooked perfectly, and was the best venison I’ve had. My wife’s lamb was great as well. Definitely worth a stop for the fresh flavors presented and for...More

    thumb Melvyn T

      Helena and staff made me a delicious battered fish n' chips and tartar sauce, all gluten free. There were other options too, so I was a wee bit spoilt for choice. Washed down with a GF Peroni and I was a happy laddie. They take...More

    thumb stevoreeno

      We turned up on a Tuesday evening having not booked and were lucky enough to get the last table in the bar area. We had our well behaved dog with us, who was permitted in the bar area. The hosts Helena and Alan made us...More

    thumb Gillywoo

      This restaurant lived up to its good reviews. Helena and Alan are very friendly and kind hosts and their staff are lovely. The food is simply amazing. We visited twice and the food both times was cooked to perfection. I recommend the cranachan for dessert....More

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  •   Through good recommendation we decided to eat at The Croft Inn as quite close to the accommodation we were staying in, from the moment we arrived the service, atmosphere and the food was fantastic we couldn't of been made more welcome, guest's arrived that had...More

    thumb Jackie B

      I took my parents and partner to The Croft Inn for a lovely father’s day meal. The view from the dining room is just stunning. The welcome was amazing - felt very at home. Then the food: I love that all the meat is local...More

    thumb nynaeve2k

      Our family went to the Croft a couple of evenings for our meals. As always, they were lovely, and just as good as last year. Helena welcoming as usual. Very enjoyable.

    thumb Morag H

      Alan, the innkeeper and owner is a gracious, good soul. The staff are friendly and jovial. The food is wonderful. This is the best inn in Scotland!

    thumb MadDogofCanada

      had a great 4 night stay here . owners gave a very warm welcome on arrival .ate in the restaurant on final night good choice on menu at a reasonable price food was excellent . did i mention the 55 whiskies to choose from .

    thumb Durward T

      We had a lovely meal last night for my partner Bob’s 65th Birthday. Helena, Alan & Laurie were fantastic hosts, making us feel ‘at home’ and the food was delicious! The haggis balls starter was very tasty as well as the chicken/asparagus and 3 of...More

    thumb Linda C
  •   2 Adults 1 child stayed in the on site caravans 2 nights, very clean and modern and so peaceful. Restaurant is 5* on food and service and the hosts Alan and Helena are always on hand to answer and questions you might have, all in...More

    thumb johnemma

      The croft was such a lovely place to eat. Very relaxed atmosphere and amazing service. Being in the height of the countryside me and my boyfriend are always worried about finding great places to eat that serves vegan food. This place was an absolute diamond...More

    thumb Robynkirbs

      Friday night dinner was excellent with fantastic local beers on tap from Cairngorm brewery, a huge whiskey selection and really good home cooked locally sourced food. Stunning setting with hares and sheep in fields opposite (we think we saw an Osprey!) and views of the...More

    thumb Mandaroni

      Excellent dinner, dessert, and drinks. Everyone was very friendly. Great experience. Wonderful views.

    thumb brittnitabor

      The food was great and our server made us feel at home. The owner came and gave us some local tips. Would gladly return.

    thumb crash0473

      We recently went to the Croft with family and friends and we all loved it! Beautiful location, stunning views, nice atmosphere, friendly welcoming staff and some absolutely delicious vegan dishes! If you're in the area it is a must visit!

    thumb Tom H
  •   Staying at an Airbnb just a couple of mins walk down the road I visited here on a Sunday night with my wife and 2yo daughter. The owners were extremely warm and welcoming and put through my daughters food order ahead of a large group...More

    thumb Bozman78

      I visited the Croft Inn with my brother and father, when we were staying at the Thistle Dhu B&B. We had such a great experience! Great food, wonderful service and just so cute as a small village pub can get. We will be back! Ps:...More

    thumb N4917OZannaw

      We had such a lovely dinner here. The staff was extremely friendly, they are wonderful with kids, attentive, and happy to answer our questions about traditional food. The food was delicious food! Enough options to please anyone, great flavor, and beautiful presentation.

    thumb 5ready2travel

      Charming hosts, stunning views, good food, large whiskey selection and good advice, lovely waitress.

    thumb RobCro123

      Spent the evening at the Croft Inn and had a wonderful time. Lovely beer, beautiful views, great whisky and the warmest welcome from Helena and Alan. The menu is perfect and the food of the highest quality. They even opened early for us! Much obliged...More

    thumb AD2000

      The Croft was a cosy welcoming pub. We had a lovely dinner with fresh and tasty ingredients. The team were welcoming and kind. The scenery is amazing - I would thoroughly recommend the whole experience. Book to avoid disappointment.

    thumb joeruns69
  •   We had a wonderful meal tonight. Were looked after brilliantly by Helena and Alan. Food very tasty. Had the lamb shank which was so tender. Thank you!

    thumb capond

      A wonderful meal and excellent service! Thanks to Helena and the team - so good we're going back next week. The Lamb Shank was amazing and the Cranachan to die for..... Great value for money too.

    thumb Claireyb2019

      We had a delightful dinner on the opening night for the 2019 season. The steak and ale pie was baked perfectly and the fried Brie was devine!! Alan and Helena are the most gracious hosts of this inviting establishment and they have succeeded in providing...More

    thumb Vasantib

      The Croft Inn offers a unique experience. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the selection of whiskey available. The hosts are friendly and passionate about good customer service. The menu offers local fayre, vegetarian options and some interesting combinations....More

    thumb Lindznsimon

      My husband and I only intended to stay one night in the static caravan there, but loved it so much we stayed for three ! Food fabulous in the bar and restaurant , which is locally sourced , so that must be a good thing...More

    thumb Nicola K

      When we arrived in Glenlivet, we wanted to try this place but opening hours are limiting. They are closed Mon and Tuesday and only open on the other days after 5:30pm. I would check their opening hours before you travel here. Trust me, it is...More

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  •   We called in here after a long 10 hr drive from Essex to our holiday lodge on the Glenlivet Estate, looking for a good beer, nice wine and home cooked food. We were not disappointed. The landlord and staff were very welcoming and couldn’t do...More

    thumb Jboy242

      Friendly welcome, great beers, fantastic food! Highly recommend! Just what ended after a day in the hills to warm up!

    thumb Addfwyn

      Absolutely delightful! From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted like family and by the time you leave you feel like you are! The food is fantastic, the whisky and ales are great,and the view from the dinning area is stunning but...More

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      This experience is probably one of our favorite times when in Scotland last week. We were welcomed into this 'pub atmosphere' as if we were locals. So much laughter among the owner/wife/pub goers. Much time was spent on bringing us up to speed on the...More

    thumb rowporkchop

      We had a lovely meal at the Croft Inn. It started with a a fantastic welcome from Helena which really set the tone and all of the staff were lovely; friendly, engaging and good fun. The food was really enjoyable. The Haggis Bon Bon starter...More

    thumb Henry M

      This was a repeat visit after a visit a month earlier. Again the standards were very high, and it is highly recommended, we just had a couple of tips - they should slightly reduce the size of some of the starters just a bit -...More

    thumb Robert L
  •   Food great, view great, staff more than great, good local beer and choice of malt whisky; overall great place. We will be back every time we come to the Highlands. Wife had the Caber and the Sporran and I had the Brie and the Venison...More

    thumb frankwende00

      This was a repeat visit after a visit a month earlier. Again the standards were very high, and it is highly recommended, we just had a couple of tips - they should slightly reduce the size of some of the starters just a bit -...More

    thumb BearsdenExplorer

      We stayed in one of their caravans, and ate in the pub on two occasions. Food is fantastic but what makes the stay even more memorable is the lovely couple who run the establishment Helena and Alan, they are very welcoming and great fun to...More

    thumb kazzie24

      Good food and beer just what a country pub/restaurant should be and the staff could not be more helpful even staying on a longer when we were late, does not happen too often in city’s if ever.

    thumb Francis H

      We had a lovely meal at the Croft Inn. It started with a a fantastic welcome from Helena which really set the tone and all of the staff were lovely; friendly, engaging and good fun. The food was really enjoyable. The Haggis Bon Bon starter...More

    thumb Henry M

      This was a repeat visit after a visit a month earlier. Again the standards were very high, and it is highly recommended, we just had a couple of tips - they should slightly reduce the size of some of the starters just a bit -...More

    thumb Robert L


The Croft Inn is ideally placed for visitors to take full advantage of many and varied activities during your stay.
Most can be easily done within a day trip or less. We have noted a few ideas below.

The World Famous Whisky Trail

Please call the distillery of your choice to directly arrange any tours of your choice. Alternatively, should you wish a private hire to take you on your tour (allows you to enjoy the wee hospitality dram or two after your tour with no need to worry about driving) then contact Speyside Executive Hire who can not only advise and arrange tours for you, but will take you there in private luxury.

See www.speysideexecutivehire.co.uk or call Mark on 07887 791443 for more information.

The Moray Coast

About an hour away you will find endless white sandy beaches running for miles, accompanied by the Moray Coastal Trail and picturesque villages where you can stroll among the harbours and traditional fishermens cottages built end on to the sea to minimise the effects of the often turbulent weather. Why not visit Spey Bay Dolphin Watching Centre where you may also see Otter and Ospreys, take a Dolphin watching boat trip or enjoy a cruise down Loch Ness and see the stunning Urquhart Castle.



At The Reindeer Centre you can join the “reindeer safari” and The Highland Wildlife Park will reveal many animals including Polar bear, tiger, wolf and much more. Take a ride on a magnificent steam train and perhaps treat yourself to lunch aboard. A short drive south and you will find the wonderful historic living Highland Folk Museum where you can stroll about the recreated village of times gone by including traditional ‘blackhouses’, joiners’ workshop, tailor, watch maker and farm. Again, if you have seen ‘Outlander’ you can walk around where some of the series was filmed and feel a little of how Claire and Jamie lived in the 1740’s.

Outdoor Activities

Wonderful walking trails to suit all abilities including mountain tracks are right here on our doorstep as well as The Glenlivet Bike Trails. The rivers Spey, Avon and Livet are close by for fishing, canoeing etc. and skiing is only 15 mins drive to The Lecht or 45 mins to Cairngorm where you can also enjoy a trip on a funicular railway. Many water activities are also widely available.

The Landmark Centre

Carrbridge; a truly wonderful day out for all ages with adventure walks and activities and so much more.


Ballindalloch Castle; an elegant local family home shows traditional Scottish Highland life in a small castle. A day trip to Balmoral Castle is easily achievable and Gordon Castle at Keith is a beautiful place with lovely gardens to enjoy. Culloden Battle Field; feel the wonder of the Jacobites and the bloody war they fought in the mid 1700’s (if have you seen T.V. series Outlander you’ll know all about it!) A stone throw from Culloden, Fort George, a working garrison, sits on the sea edge. You can wander about visiting buildings from yesteryear to experience how soldiers used to live as well as enjoy the regimental museum.





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