WELCOME TO THE CROFT INN

Traditional Scottish Country Inn and Luxury Holiday Homes

We are closed for the winter from Thursday 3rd October 2019.

Re-open spring 2020.

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

SHORT BREAKS AND HOLIDAYS

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).

SIGHTSEEING AND ACTIVITIES

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.

LUXURY HOLIDAY HOMES

Treat yourself to something special.

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

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

Our most recent Tripadvisor reviews

  •   We stayed for 2 days in holiday homes ran by The Croft Inn. This obviously made the Inn an obvious choice for a dinner. And it was a great choice... read more

    tomaszzz_44
    10/02/2019

      A lovely warm welcome upon arrival from the owners and their friendly staff member, Sarah. We made them aware of my food allergies and instead of ruling things out... read more

    emz4980
    9/29/2019

      Went out of our way to come here after reading the reviews and it was worth the detour ! Food fresh and home made Great beer too

    gronnyb
    9/24/2019

      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... read more

    afrenchtoast
    9/14/2019

      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. ... read more

    GemStevelondon
    9/07/2019

      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... read more

    Mollytraveller1
    9/07/2019
  •   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... read more

    FMurray1983
    9/07/2019

      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,... read more

    ekholland27
    9/06/2019

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

    branston182
    9/06/2019

      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.

    VCwanderer
    9/01/2019

      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... read more

    iangL2333MN
    9/01/2019

      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... read more

    iangriffinUK
    9/01/2019
  •   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... read more

    casa_tyr
    8/31/2019

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

    Katrinoz
    8/29/2019

      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... read more

    Elise N
    8/07/2019

      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... read more

    BearsdenExplorer
    7/30/2019

      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... read more

    david_jennifer392
    7/29/2019

      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... read more

    Melvyn T
    7/26/2019
  •   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... read more

    stevoreeno
    7/16/2019

      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... read more

    Gillywoo
    7/08/2019

      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... read more

    KABLancs_
    6/29/2019

      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... read more

    Jackie B
    6/27/2019

      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... read more

    nynaeve2k
    6/19/2019

      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... read more

    Morag H
    6/15/2019
  •   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
    5/27/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Durward T
    5/24/2019

      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!... read more

    thumb Linda C
    5/22/2019

      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... read more

    thumb johnemma
    5/19/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Robynkirbs
    5/17/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Mandaroni
    5/04/2019
  •   Excellent dinner, dessert, and drinks. Everyone was very friendly. Great experience. Wonderful views.

    thumb brittnitabor
    5/03/2019

      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
    5/02/2019

      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!... read more

    thumb Tom H
    4/25/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Bozman78
    4/11/2019

      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... read more

    thumb N4917OZannaw
    4/10/2019

      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... read more

    thumb 5ready2travel
    4/08/2019
  •   Charming hosts, stunning views, good food, large whiskey selection and good advice, lovely waitress.

    thumb RobCro123
    4/01/2019

      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... read more

    thumb AD2000
    4/01/2019

      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... read more

    thumb joeruns69
    4/01/2019

      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
    3/31/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Claireyb2019
    3/31/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Vasantib
    3/28/2019
  •   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... read more

    thumb Lindznsimon
    1/23/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Nicola K
    12/14/2018

      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... read more

    thumb 19shermant
    10/27/2018

      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... read more

    thumb Jboy242
    10/26/2018

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

    thumb Addfwyn
    10/22/2018

      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,... read more

    thumb gregsI7677CE
    9/26/2018
  •   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... read more

    thumb rowporkchop
    9/19/2018

      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;... read more

    thumb Henry M
    9/09/2018

      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 -... read more

    thumb Robert L
    9/03/2018

      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.... read more

    thumb frankwende00
    9/03/2018

      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 -... read more

    thumb BearsdenExplorer
    9/03/2018

      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... read more

    thumb kazzie24
    8/31/2018
  •   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... read more

    thumb Francis H
    8/28/2018

      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.... read more

    thumb frankwende00
    9/03/2018

      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 -... read more

    thumb BearsdenExplorer
    9/03/2018

      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... read more

    thumb kazzie24
    8/31/2018

LOCAL ACTIVITIES...

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.

 

Aviemore

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.

History

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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