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  • Looking along the coastal distillery buildings and jetty with hills in the background
    Bunnahabhain Distillery on the south coast of Islay, Inner Hebrides
  • Man holds a salmon at Inverawe Smokehouse, near Taynuilt
    Salmon at Inverawe Smokehouse, near Taynuilt
  • A glass of white wine accomanies an overflowing dish of  mussels
    A tasty mussel dish at The Lock 16 Restaurant, Crinan
  • Langoustines, oysters and other seafood arranged in a bowl on a outdoor table with a view of the loch
    A platter of fresh Scottish shellfish, as served at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Argyll

Home of the Whisky Coast and the Seafood Trail, Scotland’s west coast - Argyll & The Isles offers an unforgettable culinary experience.

There is nothing quite like the taste of a dram of west coast whisky and there’s nothing better or easier than actually enjoying this drink at the region’s malt distilleries, where the ‘water of life’ is inspired by each of the islands distinctive cultures. From the gentle flavours of Bunnahabhain Distillery to the mature blends of Lagavulin and the balanced, deep and complex aromas of Ardbeg, few places in the world can offer such variety.

On Islay, visit one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Bowmore to see traditional whisky-making from the malting of the barley to the peat fired kilns, and enjoy spectacular views from the building across glistening Loch Indaal.

The Seafood Trail, which winds its way through the hamlets and towns of Argyll & The Isles, brings dedicated local fishermen and top-class restaurants together, showcasing the finest fresh and seawater fish and shellfish. Many of the establishments on the trail, including Michelin-rated restaurants, overlook coastal scenery which will take your breath away.

The famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar is a great place to begin your journey because it is open all day, meaning you can enjoy kippers for breakfast, langoustine for lunch, or a luxurious seafood platter for dinner. Afterwards head south towards the Cowal Peninsula or make your way through the hills and glens of Mid Argyll to Dunvalanree in Kintyre. Whichever road you choose, you will discover quality accommodation and fresh delicious seafood.

During your break pick up award-wining cheeses and other delicious local produce at the region’s excellent farmers’ markets, sample traditionally brewed ales at the Colonsay Brewery, and take your pick from the area's huge choice of excellent restaurants, cosy cafés and welcoming pubs.

Visit Scottish food and drink to start planning your culinary adventure to Argyll & The Isles.