Places to Eat

No matter how long you stay for, you’ll be astounded at the amount of fantastic places to eat within a short distance. These are but a few of our favourites ……

Out of the Blue Bistro (Strachur)

I can’t speak too highly of this hidden little gem. The stylish owners (cough, cough) have turned what was a well-established local tearoom into one of the finest eateries on Loch Fyne and the Cowal Peninsula.Locally sourced seasonal seafood, game and vegetables when available, organically reared beef,lamb and poultry all brought together by a handsome team. Add this in with a reasonably priced menu, deliciously quirky specials board and I can guarantee you will be in for a gastronomical treat.

If you have room, you need to sample the homemade desserts and cakes.

Samphire Seafood Restaurant (Inveraray)

Just opened last year Samphire will dish up platters to delight the tastebuds. Local chef Andy MacLugash finally realised his dream when he turned this old butchers shop in the heart of Inveraray into a pleasant place to eat. Today the restaurant is renowned for its quality, style and attention to detail.

Skippers bar & bistro (Inveraray)

Recently refurbished to a very high standard with a new head chef and menu. Expect great food and a stylish, fun experience at this venue just three miles south of Inveraray on the A83. The team are dedicated to serving authentic classic dishes with a modern twist, using local seasonal produce.


One of our favourite places to eat, for the three A’s. Atmosphere, Ambiance and A most amazingview. You can choose from the mouth-watering Locally hand-dived scallops with salsa verde to the exceedingly tasty Argyll venison, with melted Arran cheddar and redcurrant. Wash this down with my favourite claret and you can just about hear the sound of the English warship guns booming from the bay, destroying the ancestral home of Clan Lachlan in revenge for playing their part in the Jacobite Rising of 1745.


If you are looking for a fine dining experience then look no further than Creggans. The owners Gill & Archie have found a truly inspirational head chef in Gordon Smilie. Under his watchful eye, you will be served such delights as Assiette of Fish and Shellfish, Pot Roasted Breast of Guinea Fowl and if you have room, my favourite Toasted Almond Panna Cotta.

The Shore House

Just a short drive away,The Shore House offers a varied menu featuring local produce. Choose from prime Scottish steaks, to the locally caught seafood. For me it has to be the freshly prepared homemade pizzas cooked in their log fired oven. You can relax on the terrace and watch the sun going down with uninterrupted views down Loch Goil.

The Oystercatcher

The Oystercatcher is a fantastic wee pub situated on the beach. It is located barely half an hour away by car and if you are taking the boat around an hour and a half. After enjoying your food and maybe a fine ale you can relax and take in the breathtaking views across the loch.

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar

Much has been written about the Oyster bar from its humble beginnings to one of the leading supporters of sustainable seafood in the country. The Gaelic saying  “Nach Urramach an Cuan” which translates to “How worthy of honour is the sea” has been placed in the restaurant and to my mind the best way to honour the sea is to eat from it.