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If you're looking for a culinary experience to remember, Argyll & The Isles has it all. The region is bursting with a fantastic range of food and drink from the freshest seafood to an unrivalled range of whiskies.

Follow the west coast's Seafood Trail which features eight restaurants offering the very best seafood dishes from lobster and langoustines to mussels and scallops. You can also enjoy these sumptuous flavours on restaurant menus across the area, from Lochgilphead to Oban and Colonsay to Tobermory.

It's a very picturesque region where you can soak up the atmosphere in bars, pubs, cafes and tearooms, all of which boast locally produced food and drink and a guaranteed warm welcome. As well as the delicious range of seafood on offer, the region is also known for its succulent venison and tender lamb which can be found on menus across the area.

If you're inspired by the flavours, pick up your own raw ingredients direct from the producers at farmers' markets such as the one at Cairndow and Loch Fyne. Browse the stalls and select delicious meats, seafood, seasonal fruit and vegetables and more and get great advice from the producers themselves.

Look out for foodie events across the region too such as the annual Loch Fyne Food Fair in May and the Tarbert Seafood Festival in July which showcase excellent food and drink from across Argyll & The Isles.

This is also a region famed for its whiskies and no visit would be complete without indulging in a dram or two. There's 14 distilleries to choose from, many of which offer a behind the scenes tour of the whisky making process. Discover the distinctive flavours and find your favourite. You can also enjoy handcrafted beers and ales from Oban or Colonsay which is home to the world's smallest island distillery.

Wherever you are in the region, be sure to indulge in the fine flavours in restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and tearooms.

Come and enjoy a culinary adventure and great food and drink across Argyll & The Isles.

  • Strawberries, pears, oranges and other fresh fruit and vegetables on display.
    Fresh fruits and vegetables at a local market
  • A fresh seafood platter at the Pierhouse Hotel
    A fresh seafood platter
  • A platter of Scottish seafood at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
    A platter of Scottish seafood at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
A platter of langoustine and pate at the Loch Melfort Hotel, Argyll

Restaurants and places to eat

Discover restaurants and places to eat to suit all tastes and budgets across Argyll & The Isles

A group of women enjoy a drink outside the Victoria Hotel during the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series, Tarbert

Bars and pubs

Discover bars and pubs across Argyll & The Isles where you can relax and enjoy great food and drink

A worker inspects a salmon fillet at Inverawe Smokehouse

Local produce

Get a taste for Argyll & The Isles, a region famed for its delicious seafood and distinctive whiskies

A fisherman landing his catch of langoustine at Carradale, Kintyre

Farmers' markets

Meet the producers and pick up an excellent range of local produce at farmers' markets and farm shops across Argyll & The Isles

A sign on a gate at Tobermory Distillery, Isle of Mull

Drink attractions

Visit the many drink attractions across Argyll & The Isles where you can sample locally produced beers and whiskies

Overlooking Ardbeg Distillery and the sea on Islay, Argyll & The Isles.

Whisky distilleries

Learn the secrets behind the art of whisky creation by visiting the many distilleries of Argyll & The Isles and discover what makes Islay whiskies so unique.