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The Thistle Stop

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A 82 Main Loch Ness Road. 3 Miles south of Fort Augustus, Aberchalder PH35 4HN, Scotland
01809-50-14-78
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place to take a break.

Unlike most roadside cafes, this one is exceptional. It deserves the Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence. Indeed, if there was a higher rating I am sure they would win it We only stopped for tea and scones (choice of four different ones even at 4.30 in the afternoon) but I wish we had been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Unlike most roadside cafes, this one is exceptional. It deserves the Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence. Indeed, if there was a higher rating I am sure they would win it We only stopped for tea and scones (choice of four different ones even at 4.30 in the afternoon) but I wish we had been there at lunchtime. The proprietors may... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We stopped on our way to the Isle of Skye. What a lovely place. We had a very nice lunch. The owner spent a lot of time showing us a map and making recommendations for our trip. A perfect relaxing stop. All of the China was decorated with Scottish thistles. It truly is a treasure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Fab little tea shop with a "proper" tea shop menu...delicious home made soup and cakes. Very friendly service. Perfect for a pit stop or for lunch if you're staying in the area around Fort Augustus,

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Came across this little cafe after driving for sometime. There was friendly hello as soon as you opened the door. My partner had the lentil soup(3types on offer) and thought it was the best he has had. I had a potato and it was hot tasty and not too much creamy dressing which was good. We were very glad we... More 

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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

A great wee surprise to find this wee treasure. Pleasant, comfortable, relaxing surroundings. Stunning views from windows and veranda.Great menu and friendly service. Fresh ,clean toilet .In other words a perfect stop in our long drive.So much so that we returned on the way back. We will be back next year.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We stopped for a coffee and found a gem. Very friendly atmosphere very good food served beautifully. Also has a nice little shop attatched.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We came across this spot on our way from Loch Ness to Dunblane and stopped for a late lunch. Had some excellent Leek and Potato soup, followed by home made scone with jam and cream. Food was delicious, price was excellent and our hosts provided great service. It is a welcoming cafe with some niknaks to look at while you... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Stopped here for lunch, wasn't too busy or too quiet. Nice selection of cakes and a fairly 'normal' lunch menu. Friendly staff, overall it was pretty nice but not outstanding

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were on our way back from a forest walk at lunchtime and had seen this on the way over so thought we'd call in for lunch. Glad we did. Perfect no fuss place for lunch or a snack while on the road. Husband and I both had soup - my leek and potato was really good. I added an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We stopped yesterday and found the place to be very welcoming and spotless. Only had coffee and pancakes but that was a great choice. Liked the fact that we were served great quality jam in small dishes. Don't know if it was home made or not but it was certainly excellent and beats these terrible little plastic things where you... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: A 82 Main Loch Ness Road. 3 Miles south of Fort Augustus, Aberchalder PH35 4HN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aberchalder
  • Phone Number: 01809-50-14-78

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  • Cuisine: British

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