A platter of Scottish seafood at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
Ardbeg Distillery, south coast of the island of Islay
A selection of handmade treats from the Oban Chocolate Company
Think seafood, think Argyll & The Isles. The region has long been praised for the quality of its seafood and together with an excellent range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, mouth-watering meats and exclusive whiskies and ales, its local produce is second to none. So what are you waiting for? Come and experience the true flavour of the region for yourself.
From scallops and langoustines to smoked salmon and fishcakes, the seafood of the west coast has to be tasted to be believed. Embark on a culinary adventure and discover the very best fruits de mer along the Seafood Trail which includes the much celebrated Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.
Another treat along the way is the harbour town of Oban which is known as Scotland’s seafood capital due to the many eateries where the menus are bursting with fresh fish dishes.
Further east, stop by the Inverawe Smokehouse at Taynuilt and discover how traditional Scottish smoked salmon is produced at the visitor centre’s exhibition before sampling the delicious smoked fish in the tearoom and gourmet shop.
It’s not just fish that is popular. You can also pick up an intriguing range of seaweed from Just Seaweed in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute which can be eaten as well as used in spa treatments.
Something for a sweet tooth
No visit to Argyll & The Isles is complete without sampling the region’s sweet treats. Look out for the homemade chocolate delights from the Tobermory Chocolate Factory on Mull, or watch the chocolatiers at work in the factory of the Oban Chocolate Company back on the mainland.
Whiskies, beers and ales
There is no better way to round off an evening of fine food than with a dram from one of Argyll & The Isles’ many distilleries. With an impressive eight distilleries on Islay alone, whisky lovers are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to sampling the drams of the region.
You can also discover thirst-quenching beers and ales produced by Fyne Ales, Oban Bay and the world’s smallest island brewery on Colonsay.
Browse the listings to find more bars, pubs and drink attractions across Argyll & The Isles.
When: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am - 1pm. Where: Chalmers Street, Ardrishaig. One of the friendliest markets in Argyll, Ardrishaig Farmers' Market offers the best seasonal, local food and drink directly from the producers.
Market is organised by the local producers and has become a very important focal point for the community to gather each month making it well worth a visit for the tourist who will be made to feel very welcome.
Founded in the 1970s, the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant specialises in serving up seafood produced on the loch and in the in-house smokery. Menus are drawn up daily depending on seasonal availability.