Mike at The Apiary processing grocery orders during Lockdown 202.

About Us

Mike and Nicola have created a family friendly place where muddy boots, paws and bikes are always welcome, the pair of them established the Apiary @ Dalwhinnie so you get the feeling of walking into their front room and being treated like framily (Friends that are family) , the Apiary creates good comforting food and does your washing up. They have roots here too, Mike is ¼ Scottish and has roots to the Macintosh Clan.

Nicki has friends in Inverness and they swear that she is part Scottish too. Mike and Nicki have spent the last 10 or so years travelling to the Highlands at least twice a year and now was the right time to move and make Dalwhinnie their home.

Mike is a beekeeper, enthusiastic cook and coffee lover, Nicki is a sweet fiend and cake maker. In 2014 Mike decided that he needed to develop the knowledge base of the public and wanted to bring bees, coffee and cake together. With a local designer they came up with the bee logo you see, the original drawing still hung in the Apiary Harleston and with it the idea for the original cake and coffee house was born. Mike is still asked about the bees and what they do and how they work and has educated many an individual on what to do and where to seek more information.

~ The Busy Bees

Mike at The Apiary processing grocery orders during Lockdown 202.

Flying the flag for Scotland

We are very proud to support everything Scottish and especially everything Highlands and Islands.

We have done some digging into our purchasing and have found that over 90% of what we buy comes from Scotland, which includes meat from Campbells in Linthgow and Fife Creamery, our cheese comes from Bidfood Scotland and they buy it from Scottish producers.  Scotch eggs from Scotch and Co , Various lemonades and sparkling drinks from Summerhouse Drinks , some really unique soft drinks from  Paisly Drinks Company, We have local crafts people Davy’s Rural Crafts, Dalwhinnie Deli even our Nicola creates some of the coasters we sell in our retail section, we have greetings cards painted, designed and printed here in the Highlands

And

of course alcohol…. Dalwhinnie 15 year old single malt straight from the distillery 250 meters away we also stock Winters Gold. Our craft beer selection has been chosen by Mike 😊  Cairngorm Brewery Aviemore  Black Isle Brewery  Windswept Brewery Lossiemouth and you can not forget  ThistlyCross Cider ooh yeah and the great guys from Daffys Gin right over the hill in Strathmashy also responsible for  Creag Dhu Whisky

We make our scones, cakes and savouries  with ingredients bought right here in the Highlands, our specials only contain ingredients sourced here in Scotland, Great Glen Charcuterie supply the dried meats and fabulous venison salami even our equipment is supplied by Highland Industrial supplies and serviced by McEdge Catering all based in Inverness.

And Finally our coffee

although not grown here ( we may struggle with the climate ) we do buy it from  Peak and Wild supplied by Matthew Algie who roast the coffee just outside Edinburgh, The Peak and Wild brand also support the  John Muir Award and its our way of delivering fabulous coffee to you and giving young people a chance to experience nature at its Scottish best.

We hope you like our little bit of the Highlands and we really hope you enjoy the fabulous Scottish produce we love to find and use in our ever growing establishment…. see you all soon ( I may even wear a kilt ) 🐝🐝🐝

~ The Busy Bees

Motorhomes

The motorhome/campervan/ roof tent parking. Happy to accommodate all, however you will need to be self-sufficient, happy for everyone to use the facilities whilst we are open  7 days a week, Sunday to Friday 10:00 – 16:00 Saturday 09:00 – 17:00  We have 5 spaces and can take vehicles up to and including 7 Meters, please call or whats app ahead to make sure we have space 01528 522261/07515078566.

It’s free to park overnight we just ask you pop in and buy some hot food, coffee or cake for your travels. If the lights are on when you get there just knock on the door and join in the fun.

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