Peaty and Meaty

Heart & Soul of Scotland

Whether you are looking for something peaty or something meaty, you'll find it all in the Heart & Soul of Scotland.

Argyll is famed for its single malt whiskies, with whisky distilleries dotting the region’s coastline and islands. And the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay is the undisputed home of the peaty malt.

The island boasts no less than nine distilleries, and all of them provide fascinating tours ending with a peaty dram or two. Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin are clustered together on the southern shore of Islay and are renowned for their peaty whiskies. Islay is just an hour’s flight from Glasgow. Hop on the plane and you’ll be enjoying some peaty malts in no time.

And did you know that Glasgow’s stills are flowing again too? The Clydeside Distillery opened in 2017 in a former pump house at Queen’s Dock on the banks of Clyde. It’s now producing the first whisky in Glasgow for more than 100 years. Take a tour to watch the craftsmen distil the city’s new spirit and discover more about the story of Clydeside.

Argyll’s hills and glens provide some of the best meat and game in Scotland. From the rugged hill farms of Cowal to the lush pastures of Islay, farmers are producing meat with provenance at its very heart. At Shellfield Farm lambs graze on the Loch Riddon salt marshes resulting in a unique taste. Winston Churchill venison is stalked by Winston himself in the hills around Dunoon. 

It’s not just fine dining. Whatever your budget, appetite or occasion you’ll find Argyll’s incredible meat on the menu in many local hotels and restaurants. Loch Melfort Hotel serve up exquisite food & drink in their restaurant, or bistro for casual dining. 

The quality of beef is important to many of Glasgow’s best restaurants. The Butchershop Bar & Grill only use the best grass fed produce to ensure a high quality and mouth watering taste.

Many Argyll producers are also making ready to eat food to feast on at events & festivals, from lamb burgers to venison pies. Look out for the Food from Argyll banner at key events in the city or pop along to Platform at Argyle Street Arches every Friday, Saturday and Sunday where you will find some of Scotland’s best independent street food traders.

Scottish Food & Drink