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.
Bar meals and dinners are available at Cnoc na Faire Inn. (Tel: 01687 450249) ‘The Cnoc’ employs chefs who prepare honest real food with Scottish flair. The menus change frequently which allows them to draw on the natural larder on their doorstep, even their chips are home made!
Lunch and dinner are available at The Old Library Lodge & Restaurant - booking advisable – (Tel: 01687 450651). Robert, the chef proprietor, cook delicious food. 'The menu is fresh, simple and well balanced featuring, naturally enough, a wealth of locally produce and seafood attractively cooked and presented.'
Rhu Café (Tel: 01687 450707) offers freshly prepared food all day and some evenings – please check for evening opening.
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.
For a different taste sensation try the exotic Thai Food (take-away) from Sunset Guest House (Tel: 01687 462259). Please give several hours’ notice of requirements.
Doune-Knoydart (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.
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 462393) “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 the full range of hotel services Their Islands View Restaurant is where one can sample seafood from the fleet, together with locally caught trout, venison, lamb and much more.
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.
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