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Eating when Out & About

Locally, Ardbrecknish House offers a friendly bar and evening meals (mid-March to mid-October), but below we give some ideas for places to visit and things to do with eating in mind on a day out & about in Argyll.

Inveraray & nearby

Pretty Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne has Inveraray Castle & Gardens (also nice café) and the 18th Centuary Jail.  You might climb to the top of the Bell Tower or to the lookout tower on top of Dun a Quaich.  The town has gift shops, a woollen Mill, a good butcher, banks a garage and hair dresser. Crarae Gardens are just 10 miles from Inveraray.

For children, Argyll Adventure (Pony rides, horse trekking, paint ball and ‘laser Storm’) and Auchindrain Rural Township museum is just outside Inveraray.

  • The George Hotel – pub food in good atmosphere with open fires
  • Samphire – excellent seafood. Tel: 01499 302321 for reservation
  • The Inveraray Inn – good selection of home cooked meals

Cairndow

There are walks from the Tree Shop/Oyster bar and also around the woodland garden on Ardkinglas Estate.

This is very much a foodie place.


Mid-Argyll

Ideas for what to see are well illustrated in the brochure exploring for a day in the Heart of Argyll; Carnasserie Castle, Kilmartin Museum, the standing stones, chambered cairns and ancient rock art along Kilmartin Glen, Moine Mhor nature reserve, the beavers at Knapdale, or take a walk along Crinan Canal and enjoy coffee and cake or an icecream from the Crinan Cafe.

Dunadd Fort was the ancient coronation site of the kings of Scotland in Dalriada

  • Kilmartin Hotel (also beer garden)
  • Kilmartin Museum
  • Cairnbaan Hotel.

Tavallich Inn in the pretty village of Tayvallich by Loch Sween is close to Taynish Nature Reserve, Carsaig Bay and Keills Chapel.

Ardfern/Craignish

Enjoy the short coastal walk to Craignish Point to enjoy the views overlooking the Sound of Jura, Scarba and the Corryvreckan whirlpool.

  • Crafty Kitchen in Ardfern for a relaxed coffee or lunch.
  • Eat in or out and enjoy stunning views of the islands of Shuna and Jura from the Chartroom bistro in Loch Melfort Hotel, after a walk round Arduaine Gardens.

Kintyre

The pretty fishing village of Tarbert on the shores of Loch Fyne has an old castle and seafood restaurants.

Close by:

Oban

Oban with its seafront, distillery, McCaigs Tower and shops also has plenty of restaurants to choose from in the centre of town and around both piers.

For something a little bit different, on the South/Calmac Pier there is the Oban seafood Hut and the Food from Argyll Café and shop selling local artisan produce.

The Manor House is recommended for a quiet lunch as is a visit to Oban Chocolates.

A simple Fish Supper (fish & chips) taken to a nice spot over-looking Oban Bay is hard to beat.

Circular drive through Glenorchy – Glen Coe – Appin

A lovely circular drive along pretty Glen Orchy, over Rannoch Moor and through mighty Glen Coe before returning via Appin to take in the views to Castle Stalker.

  • Castle Stalker View Café (on the A828) enjoys a panoramic view over Castle Stalker, Loch Linnie and the islands of Mull and Lismore.
  • The Pier House Hotel – good bar menu next to the Lismore Ferry, in Port Appin
  • Airds Hotel specialises in seafood, in Port Appin

Useful Websites

For more ideas, some very useful websites include; Undiscovered ScotlandExplore mid-Argyll, Explore Argyll and the tourist maps for Mid-Argyll, Kintyre, Lorn and Oban from Scottish Tourist Maps.