Top 10 Family Friendly Farmers Markets around the NC500 Route to Visit on Your Trip!

Jun 14, 2024 | Family Adventures, NC500

Exploring the NC500 route offers more than just breathtaking scenery; it’s a journey into the heart of Scotland’s rich culinary heritage. Along this iconic path, you’ll discover family-friendly farmers markets brimming with sustainable food products and organic produce. These vibrant markets not only support local farmers but also provide a wholesome, immersive experience for travelers seeking the best in fresh, locally-sourced goods.

Dive into a world where sustainability meets tradition, and every visit is a feast for the senses.

Follow the route we picked for the best Farmers Markets near you as you travel this amazing part of Scotland

  1. Inverness Farmers Market
  2. Culbokie Community Market
  3. Cromarty Market
  4. Community Market Day, Tain
  5. Dornoch Community Market
  6. Wick Community Market
  7. Thurso Food and Craft Fair
  8. Applecross Market
  9. Ullapool Market
  10. Poolewe Tuesday Market

1. Inverness Farmers Market

As the capital of the Highlands, Inverness hosts a bustling farmers market where visitors can find everything from fresh produce to gourmet treats and handmade crafts. It’s held regularly in the city centre.

Inverness Farmers’ Market – The Artisan Food Trail

2. Culbokie Community Market

Experience the Culbokie Community Market, a hub of local flavour and creativity. Held weekly on Saturdays, this intimate market showcases a diverse range of homemade treats, fresh produce, crafts, and artisanal goods. Join the community spirit and support local producers while indulging in the finest offerings of the Black Isle.

Culbokie Community Market

3. Cromarty Market

Nestled in the charming village of Cromarty, this market boasts a range of organic fruits and vegetables, artisanal bread, Scottish cheeses, and handmade crafts. Visitors can also enjoy live music and street food stalls.

Cromarty Community Market

4. Community Market Day, Tain

The market town of Tain, the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland, hosts the Peninsula’s Community Market Day. From April to September, this bustling market is open on the third Saturday of each month.

In October, the market appears on the Saturday closest to Halloween, while in November, it opens in the evening as a joint venture between Tain & District Development Trust and Tain Gala to welcome the switching on of the Christmas lights and a visit from Santa.

Community Market Day – Easter Ross Peninsula

5. Dornoch Community Market

Located in the historic town of Dornoch, this market features a range of locally sourced products such as meats, cheeses, preserves, and handicrafts. It’s usually held on weekends during the warmer months. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, May – September.

Community Markets – Dornoch

Confirmed dates for 2024 Summer Season

  • May 8th & 22nd
  • June 12th & 26th
  • July 10th & 24th
  • August 14th & 28th
  • September 11th & 25th

6. Wick Community Market

Wick Community Market runs during every second Saturday of the month on the High Street and in Market Square, and offers a selection of fresh produce, homemade treats, and crafts. It’s a great place to sample local delicacies and support small-scale producers.

Wick Community Market

7. Thurso Food and Craft Fair

Discover the evolution of Thurso’s market scene with the Thurso Food and Craft Fair! Formerly known as the Thurso Community Market, the Thurso Food and Craft event has blossomed into a cherished tradition over five years, thanks to the dedication of the remarkable women who run it. Now rebranded, the event showcases handcrafted goods alongside delicious homemade and homegrown produce; shining a light on local organisations, fostering community spirit while raising funds for charity. Join Kara and Penny in 2024 for a welcoming atmosphere, great finds, and friendly connections over coffee.

Thurso Food and Craft Fair

Confirmed dates for 2024 Summer Season

  • 6th of April
  • 29th of June
  • 7th of September
  • 5th of October
  • 7th of December

8. Applecross Market

A charming farmers market located in Assynt, Lochinver. This market offers fresh fruit and veg, clothing, pottery, yarn, jams and other produce, wood craft, and many other unique items and gifts that are definitely worth checking out!

Refreshments are served by the local charity groups with funds going to help their causes. Experience the warmth of the community and embrace their treasure trove of locally sourced delights!

Made in Assynt

9. Ullapool Market

Held every Saturday, April – September, in the picturesque fishing town of Ullapool, this market offers a variety of locally produced goods including fresh seafood, organic vegetables, homemade baked goods, and artisan crafts.

Ullapool Market

10. Poolewe Tuesday Market

Explore the vibrant Poolewe Tuesday Market, a haven for local produce and artisanal crafts, occurring weekly from the first Tuesday in March until the last Tuesday in October!

This charming market boasts a delightful array of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and handmade treasures. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and discover the best of Wester Ross in every stall.

Poolewe Tuesday Market