The Scottish Seafood Trail, West Coast of Scotland
Explore the rugged and unspoiled coastline of the West Coast of Scotland eating seafood as you go. Discover people, places and unique stories on the Scottish Seafood Trail.
Visit charming fishing villages and the West Coast’s best restaurants on the Scottish seafood trail
Take the long and winding road on this driving tour for seafoodies. The Scottish Seafood Trail is a clever idea from the restauranteurs and hoteliers of the mid Argyll region. The tour starts from Glasgow, where it’s easy to pick up a hire car, and ends just north of Oban. Follow the open road and stop off at the recommended places to eat delicious Scottish seafood and rest your weary head at the end of the day.
- Taste delicious Scottish seafood
- Visit West Coast restaurants, oyster bars, smokehouses and farm shops
- Enjoy Argyll’s stunning scenery
Follow The Scottish Seafood Trail
Founded by Carole Fitzgerald, author of From Crab Shack to Oyster Bar, the Seafood Trail takes a meandering route through the rugged coastline, spectacular lochs and rural unspoiled scenery that gives Argyll seafood its distinctly delicious flavours.
Visit Scotland’s Seafood Stars
The region’s most famous restaurants feature along the route including the renowned Loch Fyne Oyster Bar in the picturesque village of Cairndow and the The Pierhouse Restaurant in Port Appin. Watch the fresh catch being landed by the local fishermen and delivered directly to the restaurant doors. As ‘Restaurants With Rooms’, both The Seafood Cabin and the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar offer accommodation and at other points along the trail, there are recommended hotels.
Discover Unique Stories
Listen to Paul McCartney’s ‘The Long and Winding Road’ as you approach the Dunvalanree Hotel at Carradale which literally sits at the end of the road featured in the song on the album ‘Let it Be‘. Play Bond themes on the road to the The Creggans Inn at Strachur on the shores of Loch Fyne. It was once owned by Fitzroy Maclean, the spitfire pilot who provided the inspiration for the James Bond character.
Taste Delicious Argyll Seafood
Taste shellfish such as oysters, mussels, langoustines and scallops and freshly caught salmon and haddock. Try the wholemeal crab rolls and and home-made orange cake at The Seafood Cabin in Skipness. At Dunvalanree, on the shores of Carradale Bay, eat smoked mussels cooked in garlic and at the Royal an Lochan in Tighnabruaich, dip your spoon into a gin & tonic parfait. Whisky lovers can snuggle up next to the woodburner at The Pierhouse Hotel and choose one of over 90 malts available at the Ferry Bar.
- It’s advisable to pre-book accommodation along the route
- Don’t miss the Loch Fyne Farm Shop and smokehouse in Cairndow
- Buy the Official Book of the Scottish Seafood Trail to plan your road trip in more detail
- Fancy tasting whisky on your travels? Complement your Scottish seafood tasting tour with stops on The West Coast Whisky Trail
Where to Stay
The Creggans Inn at Strachur for its warm hospitality and wonderful position on the shores of Loch Fyne.
The Pierhouse Hotel at Port Appin for its breathtaking views to the island of Lismore, Mull and Moidart and its award-winning restaurant.
Royal An Lochan at Tighnabruaich – for its Shinty Bar and Deck Restaurant with views over the Kyles.
Perfect trip to take me on but check with the hotels as I may not be allowed to stay.