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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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

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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
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Yum Yum Yum

Visited a couple of times. This is a great little place, and Patrick and Julie have a warm welcome for everyone Food is all wonderful, lovely fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. Full breakfasts are great, haggis neeps and tatties, chicken and chips, home made chocolate brownies........just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Shifu69
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Staffordshire
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Staffordshire
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149 reviews 149 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Visited a couple of times. This is a great little place, and Patrick and Julie have a warm welcome for everyone Food is all wonderful, lovely fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. Full breakfasts are great, haggis neeps and tatties, chicken and chips, home made chocolate brownies........just go, you will not regret it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Stopped here several times and never been disappointed. Good quality food and drinks which are good value. Patrick and Julie make everyone welcome. Special area in car park for motorcycles is a bonus. There should be more of these cafes spread over Scotland. Often try to stop here when heading south or returning north. Nice to find a good restaurant... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Coffee shops are few and far between in Scotland and the Thistle Stop is like an oasis in the desert. I always go when heading south on my bike and am always given a warm welcome. There is even a special bike parking area ! See you in the spring

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

On our way north from Fort William, just before Fort Augustus, we pulled into the Thistle Stop by pure chance, or rather, because the board said 'award winning' and 'no coaches'. A truly serendipitous choice. As soon as the tea turned up in pretty thistle design tea set with fabulous, homebaked shortbread, we knew that we had hit a winner.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Nice scones - Owner very chatty and friendly. Worth detouring a little bit on our journey to Skye as we were looking for a stop-off on the way that wasn't in Fort William.

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you need a hot drink and comfort break between Inverness and Fort William, give Fort Augustus a miss and wait until a few miles beyond.

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Inverness
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Travellers coming from the west may believe that they will find more variety/quality by driving past The Thistle Stop and going on to Fort Augustus. This is a significant mistake! Whilst Fort Augustus is an attractive spot, and well worth stopping for, it is not blessed with good quality eateries. The Thistle Stop offers excellent service, a really good choice... More 

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Llanelli
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

After a long day or three in the motorcycle saddle it is a relief to turn up at this welcoming venue. Good, honest food with reasonable prices

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you are in the area you have to stop here. We travelled from Inverness and stopped here for a coffee and a dessert. Coffee was great and sticky toffee pudding was delicious as was my partners hot apple pie. Staff who I think were also the owners were very friendly and welcoming. They have a little gift area as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I run motorcycle training courses across Wales, England and Scotland. This is one of our favourite stops. A fantastic location, easy parking and the owner is a biker too. We've been a few times now and we will be back again. Great food and welcoming staff. 1st Class.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

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