How to shop for a rural holiday?

6th September 2019. Posted by Tomich Hols

It’s great that you are coming on holiday to the Highlands of Scotland.  Read on to find out what shops are available in our area.  As we are quite rural, we recommend you stock up with provisions before you arrive.  It’s not so easy just to pop round the corner and pick up some milk or nip to the shop when you run out of bread.

Shopping with a list.

Our nearest Shop

First of all I need to say we have an excellently run SPAR shop in the village of Cannich which is 4 miles away from Tomich Holidays. They stock most of what you would require on a daily basis and much more besides, with an extensive Whisky and Gin collection. They also bake fresh bread daily and you can place orders with them for collection at a later time. Lots of fruit and vegetables, tinned goods, meat and dairy products, as well as medicines and healthcare products such as toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

Brad and Nicole, the owners, work tirelessly to improve their store and are a great asset to the community.  With lots of local knowledge, they are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. They also run the local post office from there, where you can withdraw money, but stamps, pay bills etc.  Read their monthly ‘What’s On’ newsletter. 

To make your holiday as relaxing as possible my advice would be to make some meal plans. This way you know what you need for the various different days that you stay with us. All our properties have an oven, grill, hob and microwave so you won’t struggle to prepare anything. They are also equipped with a fridge and freezer.  Each property comes with cutlery, pots and pans, baking trays, mixing bowls, coffee plunger, tea pots as standard.  See our inventory for details

Shopping in Inverness

Inverness is our nearest town which is host to most of the major supermarkets –  Tesco, Morrisons and Asda, as well as Lidl and Aldi. Tesco and Asda will deliver to us so you can always book a food delivery (as many of you are already aware) to save room in your vehicle.  You just need to make sure you are on site to take delivery of your groceries.

The small city of Inverness

Shopping in Beauly

The village of Beauly is a pretty village with an historic ruined Priory at it’s centre. Most of the shops are in the village square, where you can park for free.  There are cafes and shops including a well stocked butcher and a good Co-Op store. TheCorner on The Square’ delicatessen across the road from the butcher stocks lots of  yummy goodies to please most palates. They also have a cafe on site. There is a bakery and fruit and vegetable store all within the main village square. Boots the chemist is also found here as well as two doctors surgeries, cash points and a petrol station.  There are also plenty of options for eating out – an Indian restaurant, Chinese takeaway, fish and chip shop and two large hotels.

Beauly’s Corner on the Square

Shopping beside Loch Ness

In the nearby (14 miles away) village of Drumnadrochit there is a brand new Scotmid store with car parking, a pharmacy and a petrol station. Plentiful cafes and eateries are located here too as well as some shops specialising in Loch Ness gifts. There is free car parking just off the main road enabling you to wander round at your leisure. Drumnadrochit is on the shores of Loch Ness and also has Urquhart Castle as a visitor attraction.

If you would like any more detailed information about supermarket deliveries, local craft shops or eateries in the are, remember you can email the office or send us a message via our Facebook page.  And fear not, our very own Coach House Cafe will keep you well fed and watered should disaster strike!