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Scottish anchorages

Eating and drinking out

Here in alphabetical order of anchorage are some cafés, restaurants, hotels and pubs that I personally like — either because of the good food and drink which need not necessarily be expensive, or the location, and usually but not always the feeling that there is someone in command, ideally the owner.  Plus some which I have heard have good reputations. On reflection this is an amazing list given the (very out of date) reputation that Scotland is not a place for good food. Many of the restaurants take great pride in buying local and what a great selection there is from fish to the venison, from langoustines to the raspberries.


Some other places which are further away from anchorages might be prepared to ferry you back and forwards provided you spend your money with them. Try phoning.


Achnacroish, Lismore: Lismore Café

Ardbeg, Islay: the distillery restaurant, lovely building too

Ardantrive Bay, Oban: Waypoint Bar and Grill but ? open

Ardfern, Loch Craignish: Galley of Lorne for the real ale rather than the food

Ardminish Bay: Gigha Hotel, and the Boathouse Restaurant

Arinagour: Coll Hotel, highly boatie-friendly, the village café

Asknish Bay, Loch Shuna: Loch Melfort Hotel

Bowmore, Islay: Harbour Inn, and the Lochside Hotel

Calgary Bay, West Mull: café in a great artistic setting

Canna: tea room/café if still open

Craobh, Loch Shuna: Lord of the Isles

Craighouse, Jura: the Jura Hotel

Craignure, Sound of Mull: Craignure Inn, Arlene's coffee shop

Crinan, Firth of Lorne: the café, and the Crinan Hotel

Dunstaffnage, Lower Loch Linnhe: Poppies

Eigg: Galmisdale Café and Bar

Easdale, Firth of Lorne: Oyster Brewery bar and restaurant, Puffer Bar, Restaurant and Tea Room

Fearnach Bay, Loch Melfort: Shower of Herring

Fionnphort, Ninth Wave Restaurant

Fort William, Upper Loch Linnhe: Crannog, and Lime Tree

Inverie: The Old Forge

Iona: The Heritage Centre

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Loch Creran: posh, very posh

Kentallen Bay, Lower Loch Linnhe: Holly Tree Hotel

Kilfinichen, West Mull: Tirioran House Hotel

Loch Aline, Sound of Mull: Whitehouse Restaurant

Loch Leven: Seafood Café

Little Horseshoe Bay, Kerrera: Kerrera tea garden

Muck, south anchorage: craft shop and café, Gallanach Lodge

Oban: Ee-Usk, The Waterfront, Coast, Manor House Hotel, Bossards, Julie's, Oban Chocolate Company, The Oban Inn

Port an Dunain, Loch Leven: The Loch Leven Hotel

Port Appin, Lower Loch Linnhe: Airds Hotel, the Pierhouse

Port Charlotte Hotel, Islay

Puilladobrhain, Firth of Lorne: Tigh an Truish

Salen, Loch Sunart: Salen Hotel

Saulmore Bay, Lower Loch Linnhe: Oyster Inn

Scalasaig, Colonsay: the Colonsay Hotel, and the Pantry

South Ballachulish, Loch Leven: The Laroch

Strontian, Loch Sunart: Kilcamb Lodge Hotel

Tayvallich, Loch Sween: coffee shop, and the Tayvallich Inn

Tobermory, Sound of Mull: the Mishnish, the Chip Van, An Tobar, Café Fish

Ulva ferry, West Mull: Boathouse Café, lovely

West Loch Tarbert, Kintyre: West Loch Hotel, Starfish




A suggested gastronomic cruise to hard to get to places without a boat: the Jura Hotel to the Whitehouse Restaurant at Loch Aline to the Coll Hotel and ending with the other Boat House on Ulva. No doubt you will also divert en route to the food and drink delights of Tobermory - Café Fish in particular.


A more up market cruise north from Oban and back for the serious foodie: the Waterfront in Oban to the Pier House at Port Appin to the Loch Leven Seafood Café to Crannog at Fort William to the Lime Tree also in Fort William to Airds Hotel at Port Appin and back to Oban and Ee-Usk!

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Al fresco lunch at the Ulva Boathouse Café, Ulva


It doesn't come much better than here,

The Coll Hotel

Thirty years ago the Highlander wore his knife as a companion to his dirk or dagger, and when the company sat down to meat, the men who had knives, cut the flesh into small pieces for the women, who with their fingers conveyed it to their mouths."  Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, 1785

west coast final b

Here they all are, the ones in red are not open in the evenings. However, these places do tend to change and come and go, so phone before making a long journey.