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A foodie adventure on Argyll's Secret Coast

A foodie adventure on Argyll's Secret Coast
Eve MacFarlane is a freelance writer who lives in Portavadie. She gives us her top tips for a foodie adventure on Argyll's Secret Coast.

Argyll’s Secret Coast has world-famous seafood, estates supplying venison and a thriving community of producers. What’s more, restaurants, pubs and cafés dot the area and serve up all this locally sourced food in gorgeous surroundings.

You don’t need to look far to find a restaurant with a view. Many are by the coast and have terraces and gardens that make the most of their stunning locations. The Oystercatcher in Otter Ferry must have one of the best positions on the west coast of Scotland. It sits right on the beach on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne. Enjoy a locally brewed Fyne Ale and home-cooked food while you watch the sun set over the water. The Wellpark in Tighnabruaich is another restaurant with a glorious situation. This elegant Victorian mansion is set in lovely gardens on the seafront. It’s a great spot from which to watch porpoises on a calm evening. The Kilfinan Hotel, meanwhile, serves up tasty food in a lovely countryside setting.

Bordered by two pristine stretches of water, the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne, Argyll’s Secret Coast is renowned for its seafood. Sea bass, cod, haddock, scallops, mussels, lobster, crab, oysters, langoustine and razor clams are all caught locally and feature on many menus. The Royal An Lochan is great for fresh seafood served in a modern Scottish style. Portavadie’s trio of smoked Loch Fyne seafood is delicious and great value too. Pretty much all the restaurants and pubs serve up this dish and they all use the freshest locally caught fish. The Kames Hotel does it very well in relaxed, family-friendly surroundings.

You may be deep in the wild and rugged Highlands, but on Argyll’s Secret Coast you can always get a decent coffee and some excellent home baking. As you explore the area, you’ll find a welcoming cup of tea in the most magical of places. The Tearoom on Tighnabruaich’s High Street does great coffee too.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try the local cheeses, pastries, jams and chutneys and other seasonal specialities that are made by local artisans. Catch the monthly Producers’ Market in Kames if you can. It’s a feast for all the senses and a great place to meet the producers and sample their fare. You can also pick up local produce in the award-winning Duncan’s Village Store in Kames and the Colintraive Village Shop.
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