You’ll find fantastic cafés and tearooms across Argyll & the Isles, and many of them are child friendly. These family-friendly cafés offer everything from kid-friendly food to open-plan spaces, to beach-front locations. If you want to drink great coffee, and eat fabulous homemade cakes, whilst keeping the children happy at the same time, these cafés are for you! Here are five places to enjoy coffee and cake in Argyll & the Isles with little ones in tow.
Five West Cafe sits in Tighnabruaich, the cafe welcomes families and is also dog friendly. The café offers dine-in and takeaway options, perfect if you just want to grab a snack to take on your outing. The café offers a wide selection of hot and cold food and drink, with a fantastic selection of cakes and pastries. There are child-size portions available, and five west caters for a range of dietary requirements too. Whilst the adults enjoy a coffee or catch up on some work, there is a children’s play area which has puzzles, colouring activities, play tables and a dollhouse, perfect to keep the kids occupied.
Five West Cafe, Credit: Kevin McGarry
It’s a glorious drive down Kintyre’s west coast to visit Glenbarr Stores, Café and Nursery near Campbeltown. What a brilliant spot to take the kids! There’s plenty of space in the lovely café, while the outside area provides ample outdoor seating and space to play in the summer. The café has there own blend of coffee, ‘Zofie’s Coffee’ by Argyll Coffee Roasters and there’s always a mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes. The menu is full of local produce, including savoury tart made with Mull of Kintyre cheddar and beef burgers made with the owner’s local Highland beef. If you get there before 11.30 am, try the pancake stack drizzled with maple syrup. Just a few minutes' drives, down the coast, is Westport Beach, a fantastic stretch of sand that’s perfect for a family walk.
Outside seating area in Glenbarr Stores, Credit: Glenbarr Stores
Mount Stuart House and Gardens
Mount Stuart House and Gardens are a fantastic spot to visit when in Bute. The house and gardens provide hours of learning and provide a beautiful walk through the gardens. The Courtyard café is onsite at Mount Stuart and provides a display of light refreshments and homemade cakes. The Café provides high chairs, and seating suitable for children and families, both indoors and outdoors. Further down the coast is Ettrick Bay, one of Bute’s finest beaches. It’s a lovely long stretch of golden sand and a relative haven for able swimmers, with stunning views overlooking the neighbouring island of Arran. At the start of the beach, you’ll find the Ettrick Bay Tearoom, a brilliant spot for coffee, cake, and other treats that kids will love. After lunch, buy ice cream and take a stroll along the beach.
Mount Stuart in Bute, Credit: Mount Stuart
Lucy’s Ardfern is a café come bakery based in the beautiful village of Ardfern, on the West Coast of Scotland. Lucy’s café offers delicious homemade food, freshly baked goods, and a wide variety of drinks. The Café welcomes families and dogs and is open 7 days a week and has indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for all the family. Lucy’s Ardfern also has a pop-up café located at Kilmartin glen from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 3.30 pm. Perfect for grabbing a bite to eat before exploring the history of Kilmartin Glen.
Lucy's Ardfern Cafe outdoor seating area, Credit: Lucy's Ardfern Cafe
Food from Argyll café at the pier
Food from Argyll Café and shop is in Oban at the pier next to the CalMac Ferry terminal, the perfect stop before catching the ferry or before starting your adventure around Oban. The Café is open 7 days a week and offers a wide range of food options for all to enjoy. Just down the road is the Oban chocolate company, which serves delicious homemade cakes, hot chocolate, and a selection of ice cream- perfect to take away on a warm day whilst walking down the esplanade.
Light Snacks from Food From Argyll at the Pier, Credit: Food from Argyll
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