Argyll has a long tradition of fish smoking. Think of the famous Loch Fyne kipper and the area’s huge herring-fishing industry. It’s a tradition that continues to this day, with over ten active smokehouses producing a variety of smoked products across Argyll. They each use different recipes and ingredients to produce some of the most succulent, delicious smoked seafood in Scotland, if not the world. Many of the smokehouses use wood chippings from retired Argyll whisky barrels to produce the smoke. Visit an Argyll smokehouse and try some sensational smoked fish for yourself!
Skipness has long been a destination for seafood lovers, who travel from far and wide to visit the Skipness Seafood Cabin in the grounds of Skipness Castle. And now there’s another way to indulge your seafood palate in Skipness. The new Skipness Smokehouse produces hot and cold smoked salmon, Loch Fyne Kippers and smoked fish pâté in small batches in the artisan smokehouse. They also do delicious smoked duck and smoked venison. There’s a lovely shop where you can buy the smoked products, as well as a selection of local crafts, gifts and produce. There’s lots to see and do in Skipness besides eating seafood. Explore Skipness Castle and enjoy wonderful views across the Kilbrannan Sound to Arran, then walk to the beach and discover St Brendan’s Chapel.
Head to the Luss Smokehouse to discover delicious fish smoked on the banks of Loch Lomond. The Luss Smokehouse and Shop sits at the heart of the picturesque Loch Lomond village of Luss. You can watch through huge viewing windows as the fresh fish is hand filleted and gently kiln smoked, using beech, for up to 12 hours. Pop next door to the Luss Smokehouse Shop where you can buy everything from beech-smoked salmon to smoked trout pate. You can also treat yourself to a salmon and cream cheese bagel to take away. There’s a fine selection of other local products to tempt you too. Just along the road is Luss Seafood Bar, which serves up exceptional Scottish seafood. The menu features smoked salmon and mussels produced by Luss Smokehouse. You could work up an appetite by taking a stroll around the lovely village of Luss. Visit Luss Pier and check out the 19th-century Luss Parish Church, with its beautiful Victorian stained-glass windows.
Inverawe Smokehouse started in 1980 with just one smokebox and a small packing shed. The smokery has gone from strength to strength, and now supplies its award-winning smoked salmon worldwide. There’s no public access to the smoker, but there is a fascinating exhibition that will fill you in on the history and ancient craft of smoking fish. There’s also a fabulous shop and café, where you can try and buy the smoked products. The Inverawe Smokehouse is part of Inverawe Fisheries & Country Park, which is a great family day out in Argyll. It's a beautiful location, set at the foot of Ben Cruachan. The three trout lochs and salmon river give a great day’s fly fishing and there are lots of walks and trails to explore.
The Tobermory Fish Co
The Tobermory Fish Co is a family-run smokery situated just above Tobermory Bay at Baliscate. Delicious hot and cold smoked fish is produced in Baliscate Smokehouse. Pop next door to the busy shop where you’ll find a selection of fresh and smoked fish and other carefully selected seafoods. Tobermory is a great place to spend a day or two if you’re a seafood lover. This attractive fishing village is packed with cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy seafood. There’s also a thriving cultural scene and plenty of visitor attractions.
Ritchie’s of Rothesay
Richie's of Rothesay is another great island smokehouse. Based on the island of Bute, they're been
smoking fish since 1888. You can buy their products from their shop in Rothesay. Bute is a fabulous island to explore. Don't miss the incredible Mount Stuart.
Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
Founded in the 1970s, the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant specialises in serving up seafood from Loch Fyne and smoked fish from the in-house smokery. The restaurant is a beautiful destination in itself, and people travel from across the country to enjoy the seafood platters. There’s a deli where you can buy the smoked fish, including hot smoked salmon and smoked mussels. The Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant is located at the head of Loch Fyne. Discover Fyne Ales, Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens and some epic hill walking nearby.
Murray Smoked Products
Murray Smoked Products is a long-established family-run smokehouse based in the village of Ford on Loch Awe. They also have a lovely shop in Lochgilphead, where you can buy fresh and smoked fish and shellfish.
The Kintyre Smokehouse was born when founder Archie Macmillan turned a dilapidated kipper house into a smokehouse producing smoked seafood. Based in Campbeltown on Argyll’s Kintyre peninsula, this traditional smokehouse produces everything from hot and cold smoked salmon to smoked mussels and kippers. Try ‘Muckle Truckle’, a pine and oak smoked cheese or the deliciously smoked ‘Walloped Scallops’. You can buy Kintyre Smokehouse products in The Fish Shop in Campbeltown. And did you know that Cambeltown used to be the whisky capital of the world, with more than 30 distilleries in the town? The remaining three distilleries, Springbank, Glen Scotia and Glengyle's Kilkerran, are well worth visiting.