Eating Out

Best food by a mile in the village is at The Shore House.  Freshly cooked with care, friendly service and pleasant ambience.

The alternative is The Lochgoilhead Hotel which offers traditional bar meals and a restaurant which is better than you might expect from the outside.

The Drimsynie Hotel complex also has some straightforward eating options.

A bit further afield we recommend:

Creggans Inn, Strachur. Choose from 2 Rosette Dining Room, or Bar/Restaurant.

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.  Other Argyll places (see Glencoe/Oban circuit below) do seafood with more panache but the original Oyster Bar (now a large Restaurant) is still worth a visit especially as it is on the doorstep.

The Tree Shop (next door) has a home-baking cafe and there is also a Cafe in Strachur.

Inver Cottage (Strathlachlan, Strachur) – very local food done brilliantly in warm surroundings. Castle walk thrown in.

Inverary has a few other offerings including a Fish and Chip shop and the George Hotel which is friendly and atmospheric (Good Pub Guide – live music Fri/Sat). There is also a brand new (2011) Indian restaurant round by the pier: clean smart and friendly with lovely views, and takeaway option: food good.

In the other direction you could try the Inn at Inverbeg on Loch Lomondside which has a few dining options to suit all budgets including the intriguing Fish & Whisky Bar. If you are passing the conservation village of Luss, then the Coach House Coffee Shop is worth a visit for hearty soup and scones.

Towards Dunoon, we can’t see past the cafe at Benmore Botanic Gardens. Dunoon itself has several eating options:  The Pier, Italiano Rio, Villagers Royal and Chatters all get a mention.

Around Colintraive and Bute, there is the Oystercatcher – a friendly Bar at Otter Ferry then on Bute itself Brechins Brasserie and the Waterfront Bistro, Rothesay. And not forgetting Mount Stuart at the Visitor Centre.

If you are doing the Glencoe/Oban circuit then we can recommend:

Green Welly Stop (Tyndrum) snacks, cafe; Real Food Cafe (Tyndrum) ultimate Fish & Chips; Crafts & Things, Glencoe; Stalker View Cafe, Appin (on main road 15 mins south Ballachulish); Loch Leven Seafood Cafe (on “wrong side” of Loch Leven but well worth effort 2011 Seafood Restaurant of the Year); The Waterfront, Oban (best seafood in town); Eeusk, Oban (best style, seafood second); Seafood stalls on Oban Railway Pier.