The Road to the Isles abounds with excellent food from the land, loch, stream and sea. In the numerous ‘eating in’ or indeed ‘eating out’ facilities one can sample the best of beef, lamb, venison, salmon, fish and shellfish to name but a few of the favourites. Not quite a national dish but the next best thing - locally caught haddock deep fried in batter and served with chips is something one must try.
The quality of our restaurants is second to none; from country house to bistro, from four star to take-away one is spoilt for choice. Please note however that the Road to the Isles Marketing Group publishes information on its members in good faith but does not operate its own quality assurance scheme.
Some of the members, who also subscribe to VisitScotland, are covered by the VisitScotland Quality Assurance scheme but other members are not. The Group cannot accept any responsibility for standards of quality or safety which are the sole responsibility of the accommodation provider in question.
Food is served all day at Glenfinnan House Hotel (Tel: 01397 722235) The Good Food of Scotland Guide has awarded Glenfinnan House Hotel a high recommendation rating while the Good Hotel Guide acclaims Duncan (the chef proprietor) as a “chef of quality”. At Flora's Restaurant at The Prince's House Hotel (Tel: 01397 722246) you will find Chef/Proprietor Kieron Kelly in charge. Kieron is an accomplished, award winning professional chef who has worked at leading Scottish establishments such as Gleneagles and Culloden House Hotel. With this experience and his passion for using the best produce available to him, you can be assured of some of the finest food in Scotland.
The Dining Car at Glenfinnan Station (Tel: 01397 722300) offers a unique dining experience. This lovingly restored 1950s carriage offers lunches, refreshments and cream teas during the day, throughout museum hours. Booking is essential for evening meals.
From lunch through to evening dinners, Lochailort Inn (Tel: 01687 470208) offers their regular menu, bursting with hearty fare plus a 'Specials Board'. ‘Specials’ are prepared daily and ensure visitors get the best seasonal, local produce available.
Ardshealach Smokehouse and Fine Foods is a small family business in Glenuig. The shop sells a range of smoked produce such as fish, meats and cheese, including Scottish salmon from small independent farms which are committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly farming. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Tel: 01687 470266. Mail order service available.
The Arisaig Hotel
offers lunches and dinners, teas and coffees with home baking to residents and non-residents. The chefs prepare all the food on site, using fresh local produce where possible, and create some real treats! Dinner can be taken in either of the Bars or in the Dining Room. After dinner you can join the fun in the Crofter's Bar or relax in the Drawing Room.
(Tel: 01687 450210).
Lunch and dinner are available at The Old Library Lodge & Restaurant - booking advisable (Tel: 01687 450651). The food is bistro style and the chef uses as much of the abundance of local produce as possible. Friendly restaurant with imaginative dishes - modern Scottish with French touches.
Café Rhu offers freshly prepared food all day. Breakfast, lunch, evening meals, as well as coffee, tea and cakes. Booking for evening meals is essential (Tel: 01687 450707).
Arisaig House (Tel: 01687 450730) offers delicious evening meals in the comfort of a stately home and their kitchen is supported by its own seasonal garden produce and a positive galaxy of local specialities: seafood - lobster, scallops, crabs, local fresh salmon, smoked salmon and oysters. Booking is advisable.
Arisaig Marine (Tel: 01687 450224) at the harbour office has a tearoom which offers excellent coffee and light bites all day. Open May - September.
The Morar Hotel
offers breakfast, lunches, snacks and bar food in the Silver Sands Restaurant, the Café Morag and the Bar Lounge. Fresh fish is a frequent special. Tel: 01687 462346.
For a different taste sensation, try the exotic Thai-Food (take-away) from Sunset in Morar (Tel: 01687 462259). They can get very busy, particularly on weekends and consequently ordering at least 2 hours advance is recommended. See full menu, prices and reviews.
Fresh fish and the famous Mallaig kippers are available in local hotels, restaurants and in the fish shops. By the harbour, Fish Merchant Andy Race has a shop and also offers a mail order service selling a variety of freshly caught seafood.
Lawries Fish and Chip Shop (Tel: 01687 46 22 22), for an eclectic range of fish shop goodies to eat in or take-away.
At The Fish Market (Tel: 01687 462299) one can choose from a substantial menu delivering the finest and freshest fish and shellfish from local boats to table, in relaxed surroundings. One can also enjoy freshly carved hot roast meat rolls or other snacks in the coffee shop upstairs or simply relax with freshly made coffee and selection of home baking.
The Marine Hotel (Tel: 01687 462217) has a restaurant and local bar.
The Tea Garden (Tel: 01687 462764) offers indoor and outdoor casual dining all day from 9am. Sample their wide selection of genuine home-cooking, including Mallaig prawn rolls, homemade soups, fish & chips and famous cream scones plus many other delights. In the evening the Garden Restaurant menu offers quality bistro style food including local meats, seafood and farm vegetables.
The Cornerstone (Tel: 01687 462306) offers both restaurant and take-away food. They serve haddock, langoustines, prawns, monkfish, sole, mussels and a whole lot more. There are also meat and vegetarian options. Taste our delicious home baked desserts.
The Cabin (Tel: 01687 462207) has a restaurant and take-way operation - again the emphasis is on locally sourced fish and shellfish.
The Steam Inn (Tel: 01687 462002) “Taste of Scotland” award winner Michele Milligan recently acquired The Steam Inn in 2010 and with 26 years experience behind her has undertaken an extensive refurbishment, creating a Seafood/ Bistro, open for lunches and dinners, serving excellent food for all tastes in a warm and inviting environment.
The Chlachain Inn (Tel: 01687 460289), has a wide range on offer from snacks through to full meals, most of which is homemade by their chefs. In the evening they serve a fine selection of starters, main courses and desserts.
The West Highland Hotel (Tel: 01687 462210) offers à la carte dining in The Terrace Restaurant with panoramic views and an outdoor seating area complete with fire pit. Here you can sample excellent local seafood, together with highland beef, lamb and much more. Booking is recommended and can be done by phone or online via opentable.
An Cala (Tel: 01687 462505) is an internet café and tourist information centre where one can enjoy tea and coffee and informal food.
The Watersedge (Tel: 01687 462883) is a café and tourist information centre where a warm welcome and teas, coffees and snacks are on offer.
Locations and other details of where to eat in Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig can be found on the Interactive Maps page.
The Old Forge (tel: 01687 462267). Visit the remotest pub on mainland Britain for a delicious meal of locally sourced, freshly prepared seafood. Choose from the wide selection of wines, beers and spirits. The Old Forge can be reached by boat from Mallaig or an 18 mile walk. There are also 10 moorings available for visiting yachts (£15.00 per night or free if you dine there). Hot showers also available for yachties.
Doune-Knoydart (Tel: 01687 462667). Enjoy a fabulous three course dinner in the remote Doune Dining Room. Freshly prepared, single choice menu; special diets catered for. Walk in from Knoydart or access by boat from Mallaig. Two moorings available for visiting yachts. Booking essential.
Café Canna serves light snacks, lunches and evening meals. The evening menu features produce from the local area: fresh mussels, haddock, venison and a selection of daily specials including Canna-landed lobster. Light refreshments include herbal teas, coffee and a selection of local ales, wine and spirits.
Open April to October. Tel: 01687 462251.
By the ferry pier on Eigg, the Galmisdale Bay Cafe, Bar & Restaurant (formerly known as the Eigg Tearoom) offers food all day (Tel: 01687 482487). Seasonal opening times. Lageorna is a 4 star Restaurant with Rooms which is committed to using local produce wherever possible, as well as organic and fair trade goods. Lageorna is situated in the north-west of Eigg in the crofting area of Cleadale (Tel: 01687 460081).
The Craft Shop in Port Mor on the Isle of Muck is a sympathetically renovated traditional black house which also serves freshly caught shellfish from around the island, as well as home baked bread, cakes and soups. Seasonal opening times.
Rum has a teashop in the newly redecorated Village Hall (shop/post office). Seasonal opening times.
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