There’s so much great local produce in Argyll. The hills, glens and coastline provide a bountiful larder, with the freshest fish, meat and game caught and reared here. There’s a vibrant community of artisan makers in Argyll too, producing everything from smoked fish to jams and chutneys to ales and wines. Farm shops across the region stock this incredible produce. Here are eight Argyll farm shops that you should visit this festive season.
Auchentullich Farm Shop
Five generations have farmed at Auchentullich, a traditional dairy farm that sits just off the A82 near Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. They also have a herd of Highland cattle. The farm shop is a real gem, packed with amazing Argyll and Scottish produce. You can buy beef from their own herd of Highland cattle, as well as meat from other farmers. You could also treat yourself to their own delicious milk and home-made ice-cream, and the cheese counter is groaning with artisan cheese. There’s a fabulous selection of breads and baking, as well oils, jams, chutneys and other goodies. At this time of the year, it’s packed with festive produce. Pop in and pick up some yuletide treats. While you’re there, pull up a chair by the fire and enjoy a coffee and cake.
On the west coast of Kintyre you’ll find Glenbarr Stores. As well as providing everyday groceries, the shop also stocks a fabulous range of produce from local farmers and producers. You can buy Highland beef from North Beachmore Farm and lamb from Ifferdale Farm, both located on Kintyre. You can also find Winston Churchill venison from Cowal, milk and ice cream from The Wee Isle Dairy on Gigha, smoked salmon and pâtés from Skipness Smokehouse, eggs from High Bellochantuy, local vegetables and freshly roasted coffee. Treat yourself to a steak pie made with braised Highland beef – delicious! There’s also a wonderful café serving up locally roasted coffee from Argyll Coffee Roasters.
Head further south to Kintyre’s main town, Campbeltown, to discover the Kintyre Larder, a cracking wee deli that’s bursting with local produce. The shelves are full of all sorts of treats from Kintyre, further afield in Argyll and the rest of Scotland. From oatcakes to Mull of Kintyre cheeses, you’ll find heaps of lovely locally-sourced treats for the festive season. There are chocolates from The Sweetie Jar in Lochgilphead, beers from Fyne Ales, local gins and much more.
Achnashelloch Farm Shop
This lovely farm is located just beyond Lochgilphead in Mid Argyll. The farm shop is a fairly new venture, but you can buy a great range of products from Argyll and Scotland, including Scottish teas, local cheeses, oatcakes, artisan chocolates and more. You can also sit down and enjoy the views with a locally roasted coffee from Argyll Coffee Roasters. Just up the road is the wonderful Kilmartin Glen. Take a walk up Dunadd Fort and enjoy the views.
Taste of Argyll Oban
If you’re in Oban, you need to check out Taste of Argyll on Crombie Street. It’s full of fresh, tasty Argyll produce. As you’d imagine in the ‘seafood capital of Scotland’, there’s plenty of local fish and shellfish, including a fabulous selection of smoked fish. Check out the beef, lamb and venison from local farms, preserves, bread, milk, ice-cream, locally roasted coffee from Hinba on the island of Seil, handmade crafts and more.
Food From Argyll
And out on the South Pier Ferry Terminal, you’ll find Food From Argyll at The Pier. This brilliant café and shop promotes ingredients and products from Argyll to create a menu and retail selection reflecting the wonderful range of food available in the area. There’s a lovely range of local gifts and products to buy, including Islay Wines. Enjoy a lovely coffee from Helensburgh-based roasters Homeground Coffee with a spot of home baking.
Mull is renowned for its fertile farm land and vibrant community of artisan food shops, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to a number of great farm shops. Check out the Mull and Iona Food Trail for more farm shops on Mull and IonaThe Lochbuie Larder is a shop with a difference! Housed in the Old Post Office, it works on an honesty box basis. It’s stocked with meat from the local estate – lamb, beef and venison – as well as a range of Island products such as honey, fish and cheese. The Lochbuie Larder is currently closed for the season, but you can still order the Lochbuie Larder award-winning ‘ready meals’. From wild venison lasagna to Lochbuie Lamb Tagine, these tasty dishes are all made using local produce. To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glengorm Coffee and Farm Shops
Glengorm Castle sits overlooking the Atlantic amid beautiful coastal estate land. The castle itself provides self-catering accommodation, while the old stables and workshops have been renovated to create the Glengorm Coffee Shop and Farm Shop. You’ll find all sorts of local produce for sale, including meat from the estate and vegetables from the walled garden. The deli range comes from further afield in Scotland. Check out the locally made jams and chutneys, as well as the local cheeses and other goodies. There are some great walks on the estate if you need to work up an appetite.
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