A9, Junction Dalwhinnie; 10 minutes
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8am-5pm
Seasonal opening hours apply – please check
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
You’re not imagining things if you hear the squawk of a parrot as you walk into Laggan Stores: Kara the African grey is a popular resident and loves to entertain visitors to the shop, café and gallery. You’ll get a warm welcome from owners Stuart and Gordon who supply the village with a carefully considered range of Scottish produce and gifts as well as a well-stocked dresser of groceries. Bread is brought in fresh daily, along with croissants, and the excellent coffee will set you up for any onward drive. Better still, settle by the wood burner and enjoy lunch as you admire the lovely range of local photographs taken by Stuart while Kara entertains you with her vocabulary.
The handsome, gabled shop (featured in the hit TV Series Monarch of the Glen) stands on a bend in the road where Laggan Bridge crosses the River Spey. Visitors are often on their way to Fort William or Aviemore but there’s plenty to divert you here at the edge of the Cairngorms, particularly the Corrieyairack Pass, which leads across the Monadhliath Mountains.