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. As you explore the area, you’ll find a welcoming cup of coffee and a sweet treat in some really glorious locations.
After strolling around beautiful Benmore Botanic Garden, head to Benmore Cafe. Tuck into some of the best baking on the Cowal peninsula, from magnificent meringues to terrific tray bakes. Try ‘The Benmore Blend’ coffee, Benmore’s very own coffee blend by Argyll Coffee Roasters. It’s a speciality offering, so make sure you ask for it! You can also buy bags of the coffee to take home.
If you love cake, then you need to make the trip to Muneroy 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.
Food From Argyll Café
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 coffee is supplied by Cardross-based coffee roasters Home Ground.
Arlene’s Coffee Shop
Arlene’s is a fabulous family-run café in Craignure on the island of Mull. The team serves up great coffee and a wide selection of home-made cakes. Arlene’s also make their own chocolates! Check out the handmade chocolate bars, chocolates and other chocolate figures. There are lots of other great places on Mull to enjoy coffee and cake. Check out the Mull and Iona Food Trail.
Persabus Pottery & Ceramic Café
Persabus Pottery & Ceramic Café is a brilliant place to visit on the island of Islay. The lovely little café is part of the pottery and serves up afternoon teas, coffees, home-baked cakes and scones. You can enjoy panoramic views of the Paps of Jura and the Sound of Islay as you tuck into your treats!
Farmhouse Café at Balemartine
The Farmhouse Café 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.
Kilmartin House Museum Café
Sitting right at the heart of the historic Kilmartin Glen is Kilmartin Museum, which is home to a fantastic café. You can sit in the cosy Stone Barn or head to the Green Oak Conservatory to enjoy views over the monuments of Kilmartin Glen. They serve up a cracking coffee and the home-baking is divine.
Bonnie and Ben Café
If you’re exploring the Loch Lomond area, head for Bonnie and Ben Café right on the shores of the ‘bonnie 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
Argyll’s is undergoing a bit of a coffee renaissance, with no less than three specialty coffee roasters in the region supplying high-quality coffee to local cafés, restaurants and hotels.
At Home Ground, based in Cardoss, Alastair Moodie roasts a range of speciality coffee, offering single-origin coffees and carefully balanced blends. You’ll find the coffee served in a number of 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, serving up their delicious coffee.
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.
Hinba is a new coffee roastery on the beautiful Hebridean island of Seil, roasting small batches of speciality coffee. Hinba is a legendary Inner Hebridean island, thought to be the Isle of Seil. Brendan the Navigator brought tranquility to its shores in the age before the Vikings.