Visit a farm shop, local retailer or farmers market to meet local producers and reconnect with where your food comes from. You'll find a rich source of fresh, seasonal, local food.
Think raw produce, deli-style stalls and local delicacies such as Isle of Mull Cheese, Winston Churchill Venison and Highland Fold Ice Cream. Ask the producers for cooking tips, be inspired to try a new recipe, or pick up a herb or veg plant and try growing at home.
This is a place to connect with the provenance of our cuisine, with high-quality food, often cheaper than in the supermarket. And it all has low food miles and puts money into local pockets. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it’s alfresco shopping at its best. Slow, patient browsing where you touch and smell the produce and enjoy a convivial chat.
Achnashelloch Farm Shop in Lochgilphead is run by the Campbell Family. It stocks pork, dairy and eggs (from their own farm) plus local meats and cheeses, coffee, pickles and preserves. There’s a wee tearoom where you can enjoy a cuppa’ looking out over Dunadd Hill.
Ardanan Estate Farm Shop is a large farm shop attached to a garden centre. It sells local produce, cheeses and gifts.
The Kintyre Larder in Campbeltown is a local, Scottish and speciality produce shop specialising in small artisan suppliers of food, drinks and spirits.
Glenbarr Café, Stores & Garden is a local shop serving the community with a wide range of products. As well as providing everyday groceries, daily newspapers, bread, cheese and milk, the store supports other local businesses and stocks lots of local & Scottish produce.
Kames Village Shop in Tighnabruaich is an award winning village store on the Cowal Way, offering a wide selection of groceries, locally butchered meat, Scottish cheeses, local beers, fine wines, and much, much more.
Argyll Food Hub
The Argyll Food Hub provides a marketplace for local products. It's situated in Tayvallich, a picturesque village in Knapdale, Argyll — an area rich in seafood, agricultural products, as well as locally manufactured food.
Oban Food Hub is an online forum where producers from the area each have their own webpage where customers can buy what they want. It is updated each Wednesday and customers can collect the purchased goods the following week, from the community centre in Oban. Great for stocking up your holiday home before you arrive!
Bute Kitchen is a social enterprise which aims to support local suppliers and producers. Head over to their website to find out where you can buy local produce including Isle of Bute cheeses, artisan bread and quality beef from naturally reared, grass-fed stock.
There are currently four regular Farmer's Markets in Argyll, all bursting with everything from delicious seafood, sustainably reared meat, homemade chutneys, artisan bread, craft beer and mouth-watering seasonal fruit and veg. Please check online for times and dates before making a special journey. Enjoy!
Lochgilphead Farmers & Country Market
Organised by local producers, this little market is known for being welcoming and friendly. You’ll find a wide variety of tasty fare with regular stalls from Ifferdale Lamb, Argyll Country Kitchen, Ballywinine Beef, Diverse Preserves and more. It’s a great Saturday morning stop-off on your way to a stroll along the beautiful Crinan Canal.
Cairndow & Loch Fyne Farmers Market
A treat for seafood lovers, this monthly market offers a wide range of Argyll produce including Winston Churchill venison, Isabella’s Preserves, Inverloch cheese and Fyne Ales. And once you’re there, enjoy a walk along the shore of Loch Fyne followed by lunch in the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.
Campbeltown Farmers Market
Situated at the foot of the Mull of Kintyre, Campbeltown is a small community where the farmers market has been set up by local food and craft producers. The market acts as a focal point for the community and visitors are made very welcome. Browse the stalls, sample the local fare, and take the opportunity to explore Campbeltown. Just down the road, the Torrisdale Castle Estate and award-winning Kintyre Gin Distillery are well worth a wee visit.
Tarbert Farmers Market
Visit this pretty village for a variety of stalls selling freshly caught seafood and shellfish from the village fishing fleet plus a wide range of local produce. Once you’ve shopped, head to the far end of Pier Road to see the tiny wee shell beach.