Scotland has had a strong relationship with the North Sea for as long as anyone can remember. Whether you’re in Glasgow city centre or in the middle of nowhere up in the Highlands, you are not too far away from a beautiful coastline.
This connection with the waters is one of the reasons that Scottish fish is famous for being some of the best all around the world. Salmon is probably the first that springs to mind, and quite rightly so, but that’s not all there is to offer.
So how do our super-duper Rockin’vans have anything to do with Scottish seafood? Well, the only way to experience everything is a roadtrip. Yes, a good old fashioned road trip around the country, only this time you’ve a route to follow.
The Seafood Trail is the best way to enjoy some of the world’s best seafood. The route takes you through the west of Scotland, where you will see spectacular scenery from the rolling green fields to jaw-dropping coastlines.
This trail has been specifically designed to show off the absolute best of Scottish seafood, from tasty fresh crab rolls to the finest mussels on Michelin star menus. Although the chefs do a pretty darn good job of cooking the seafood, the stars of the show are, without any doubt, the fisherman.
What are you waiting for? Jump in a Rockin’van and head on Britain’s first ever seafood trail. If time is not on your side, we have narrowed down the trail and handpicked two of the best haunts.
Loch Fyne is one of the most famous places for seafood in the whole of the UK, not just Scotland, so it only makes sense to start here. On your travels, it’s worth keeping the in mind “take the unbeaten path” as many of these seafood havens are tucked away.
If you stick to this rule, you’ll soon find yourself in Cairndow tucking into a bowl of oysters overlooking the very loch they came from. The food is exquisite yet simple. You won’t find any unnecessary fancy sauce or ‘jus’ on your mussels, just a splash of lemon juice and pinch of salt. The quality of the seafood here speaks for itself.
Oh, and don’t even think about leaving Cairndow before visiting the Loch Fyne Farm Shop.
Telephone: 01499 600264
Address: Loch Fyne Oysters, Cairndowm PA26 8BJ
Heading towards to the top of the Kintyre peninsula and you will find the Cairnbaan Hotel sitting on the banks of the Crinan Canal. It was once notorious for being one of the roughest pubs around. That’s all changed now of course, Bill Clinton and Princess Anne have dined here for heaven’s sake.
The Cairnbaan Hotel is anything but fine dining, which isn’t an insult of course as the food here is absolutely delicious. Just about anything from the menu will start off a tango on your taste buds, but if I had to recommend anything it would be the trout pâté or scallops in bacon.
Telephone: 01546 603668
Address: Cairnbaan, by Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8SJ
Although these two are my favourites on The Seafood Trail, it would be an injustice not to give the others a mention too.
+44 (0)1369 860279
Address: Strachur, Loch Fyne, Argyll, PA27 8BX
Royal An Lochan
Telephone: 01700 811239
Address: Tighnabruaich, Argyll, PA21 2BE
Telephone: 01583 431226
Address: Port Righ, Carradale, PA28 6SE
Telephone: 01369 860537
Address: Trathlachlan, Strachur, Argyll, PA27 8BU
The Seafood Cabin
Telephone: 01880 760207
Address: Skipness House, Skipness, by Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6XU
Telephone: 01631 730302
Address: Port Appin, Argyll PA38 4DE