“Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! From delicious local meat and game to artisan chocolates, small batch gin to speciality coffee, Argyll offers an incredible array of food and drink for the festive season. And one of the region’s foodie highlights has to be its seafood. From the freshest oysters to the most succulent smoked salmon, you can feast on an array of fishy delights. Make sure Argyll’s seafood is part of your Christmas celebrations. Here’s how.
Argyll has a long tradition of fish smoking. That tradition that continues to this day, with over ten smokehouses producing a variety of smoked products. They each use different recipes and ingredients to produce some of the most delicious smoked seafood in Scotland. You can get everything from smoked trout to smoked salmon, smoked mussels to smoked prawns. Many of the smokehouses use wood chippings from retired Argyll whisky barrels to produce the smoke. Visit an Argyll smokehouse and try smoked fish for yourself! Try Skipness Smokehouse, Luss Smokehouse, Inverawe Smokehouse, The Tobermory Fish Co, Ritchie’s of Rothesay, Loch Fyne Oyster Bar Murray Smoked Products and Kintyre Smokehouse. Many have an online shop.
The texture and delicate flavour of halibut makes it a favourite among fish lovers, but wild Atlantic halibut is firmly on the endangered list. But you can enjoy this special fish this Christmas thanks to Gigha Halibut. This small, family-run business has perfected the art of hand-rearing sustainable halibut. The fish are grown over three years using a unique land-based farming system that harnesses the clean waters from the Sound of Gigha. Smoked Gigha Halibut is an experience not to be missed! Using whisky-barrel oak chips from the Kilmochan Distillery on neighbouring Islay, the fish is smoked using a centuries-old method.
Loch Fyne Oysters
Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant is famous world-wide for its seafood.. The company started out farming oysters in Loch Fyne and selling them direct to the public in a nearby lay-by. Today Loch Fyne Oysters still produces seafood in the loch, as well as smoking fish on site, all of which is served up in the restaurant and available to buy in the deli. What’s more you can also order the seafood online. So if you’d like oysters, mussels or scallops straight out of the clear waters of Loch Fyne on your Christmas table, you can get them delivered direct to your door. There’s also a fabulous section of smoked seafood that you can add to your basket!
You can also order smoked seafood online from the Tobermory Fish Company. Choose from smoked trout, smoked salmon, smoked mussels, smoked scallops and more. Check out their website for some excellent recipe ideas too.
Another great place to pick up fresh shellfish in Prentice Seafoods located by the Tarbert ferry terminal. The seafood is incredibly fresh, local and good value for money. Lobster, prawns, mussels, clams, cockles, brown crab, velvet crab, king scallops, scallop meat, and squat lobster tails are all on offer, depending on the season. You can’t order online, but you can also call ahead and arrange for your seafood to be sent over on the ferry to Portavadie.
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