Where to enjoy coffee and cake in Argyll & the Isles

Coffee and cake should be part of any good holiday. Whether you’re on a long-distance cycling adventure or strolling around a fishing village, you’ll always be able to find great coffee and delicious home baking in Argyll & the Isles. As you explore the area, you’ll find a welcoming cup of coffee and a sweet treat in some glorious locations, so be sure to check them out, when you are on your next adventure!

The Cafes

Cowal Peninsula

The Blairmore Cafe

The Blairmore Cafe is located next to Blairmore Pier on the shores of Loch Long. A warm welcome awaits, before tucking into some delicious light bites, coffee, teas and some of the best baking on the Cowal Peninsula, from magnificent meringues to terrific tray bakes, both of which have vegan and gluten-free options available. 

The Blairmore Cafe, Credit: Blairmore Cafe

Five West Cafe

Five West Cafe is in the seaside village of Tighnabruaich, which sits on Cowal Peninsula, overlooking the Kyles of Bute. It is hidden on the west coast of Scotland, also known as Argyll's secret coast. Five West is located within an area great for walks, cycling and most famously, sailing. So why not stop by for some great quality coffee, cakes and pastries. All espresso coffees use the Five West Roast, a blend of Brazillian Capim Branco, Columbian Finca La Cecilia and Peruvian Las Naranjas Organic beans from Argyll Coffee Roasters. Which is sure to give anyone the extra energy they need to explore. Five West is a family-friendly cafe,  where children can enjoy colouring and puzzles, there is also a selection of goodies on the menu suitable for the little ones!

Kintyre 

Lulabelles of Tarbet

Making your way down the Kintyre 66? Start off your journey with a delicious brunch at Lulabelles of Tarbert, where local ingredients meets Artisan Produce. Come with friends or family, for special occasions or for a quick drink, for somewhere to hunker down when it's raining (yup, it rains in Scotland!), for somewhere you  can nibble and nosh, for somewhere to dress up or dress down, to bring your doggie in your wellies or to sit on your own and watch the world go by....

Muneroy Stores

If you love cake, then you need to make the trip to Muneroy Stores at Southend on the Kintyre Peninsula. The home-baking in this art deco tearoom is legendary. Huge cakes are piled high with cream, chocolate and other delicious toppings. If you need to work up an appetite, take a stroll along the golden sands of Dunaverty or take a break from enjoying the Kintyre 66 with a fresh cup of coffee.

Glenbarr Stores

Glenbarr Stores is located 45 minutes south of Tarbert and 15 Minutes north of Campbeltown on the beautiful mull of Kintyre. Glenbarr offers a wide range of food on their menu, a selection of coffees and homemade cakes. The cafe is also dog-friendly and has the option to sit in the greenhouse area with your furry friend, if you have some time to spare, then check out the Glenbarr Garden Centre which can be visited, whilst enjoying some delicious coffee and cake from the cafe.

Glenbarr Stores Cakes, Credit: Glenbarr Stores

Oban

Food From Argyll Cafe

In Oban make your way to Food From Argyll at the Pier, a fabulous café focusing on serving high-quality food and drink sourced from Argyll & the Isles. The coffee is supplied by Helensburgh's own coffee roasters, Home Ground, and there is a shop with a selection of local producers from Argyll & the Isles.

Food From Argyll at the Pier Cafe, Credit: Wild about Argyll

Inner Hebrideans

Farmhouse Cafe at Balemartine

The Farmhouse Cafe, at Balemartine at the west end of Tiree, is a top spot for coffee and cake. Enjoy delicious treats and speciality coffee as you look out across the fields to Ben Hynish. The café forms part of a working croft which has a registered fold of Highland cattle and breeds Hebridean and blackface sheep. The café is within easy walking distance of Soroby beach, which is ideal for a stroll.

Loch Lomond 

Bonnie and Ben Cafe

If you’re exploring the Loch Lomond area, head for Bonnie and Ben Cafe right on the shores of the ‘bonnie banks’ in the village of Tarbet. Grab a picnic bench and savour a delicious coffee and cake as you enjoy views over Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond. It's the perfect pit stop for hungry and thirsty travellers.

The Coffee Roasters

Home Ground Coffee

At Home Ground, based in Dumbarton, Alastair Moodie roasts a range of speciality coffee, offering single-origin coffees and carefully balanced blends. You’ll find the coffee served in several cafés and restaurants, including Oban Chocolate Company and Food From Argyll at the Pier. You’ll also find the Home Ground team at many festivals and events throughout Argyll & the Isles, serving up their delicious coffee.

Argyll Coffee Roasters

Argyll Coffee Roasters is based on Argyll’s Secret Coast. They source the finest speciality beans and roast them by hand at their roastery in Tighnabruaich. They supply many coffee shops around Tighnabruaich, Dunoon, and elsewhere in Mid-Argyll, Cowal and Kintyre including Kilberry Inn, Colintraive Hotel and Glenbarr Stores. Phone ahead if you’d like to visit the roastery.

Argyll Coffee RoastersArgyll Coffee Roasters, Credit: Wild about Argyll

Hibna Coffee

Hibna Coffee Roasters is located on the Isle of Seil, they seasonally select and roast single-origin speciality coffee in pure Hebridean air, free from all pollutants. With Hebridean values, Hibna Coffee Roasters are an ethical brand that cares deeply about the environment, the people they work with and the farms they source their coffee. So be sure to check them out on your next trip to the Isle of Seil!

Isle of Bute Coffee

Isle of Bute Coffee is Bute's first speciality coffee company, with the mission to bring excellent coffee to the island of Bute. Either order a pack of their excellent coffee online to be shipped straight to your door or drop by Bonnie Bling on Bute for a take-away cup. Isle of Bute Coffee does not only want to help put Bute on the coffee map, with their very first Isle of Bute Blend (Dec 21), but also get you actively involved in the journey with tasting events and more! Follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date.

 

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