Oban must be amongst my favourite foodie getaway destinations in Argyll & the Isles. Known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, this bustling coastal gem is easily reached via car as well as public transport, making it a fantastic staycation destination.
During my latest trip, I arrived in Oban in the early evening and headed to one of my favourite spots that combines beautiful views over Oban Bay with delicious, fresh seafood - Ee-Usk. Known for its fresh, locally sourced produce, I tucked into some fresh oysters followed by some delicious oven-baked Halibut whilst watching the sun slowly set over Oban Bay. Another one of my favourite spots for some classic fish & chips would be the Oban Inn, a lovingly decorated 18th-century pub with a wide selection of local ales, spirits and delicious pub food.
On day two of my Oban foodie adventure, I started my day with coffee at Hinba Coffee Roasters before venturing out from Oban to where we started this foodie tale, Port Appin.
Overlooking the Isles of Lismore and Mull, the Pierhouse Hotel had been on my list for a long time. The award-winning seafood restaurant combines delicious food with a warm West Coast welcome. I was lucky enough to enjoy my seafood lunch out on the terrace, soaking in the spectacular views and sunshine. And let me tell you, I have never tasted a cullen skink like this before! Since my first visit, I make sure to return to the Pierhouse Hotel every time I’m in Oban, having since tried a variety of their iconic shellfish dishes. I always find myself wanting to come back to try another item on their locally sourced menu.
Back in Oban, I was on the hunt for a final seafood lunch before hopping on the train back to Glasgow. Having heard a lot of positive things about the Green Shack at Oban’s Harbour, I ventured past the train station down the CalMac Pier. This Oban institution was set up by fisherman John Ogden in 1990 to sell seafood caught by local fishermen. I ordered a seafood platter and sat down at the outdoor communal table to tuck into my selection of shellfish, oysters and crab sandwiches whilst watching the ferries to the Hebrides coming and going. It doesn’t get much better than this!
If you love seafood the way I do, make sure to take a look at the Wild About Argyll Seafood Trail, which provides you with plenty of inspiration for your next seafood adventure!