What a carnivore discovered on the UK's first 'vegan trail' by Mike MacEacheran at The Telegraph

Wild About Argyll launch the UK's first vegan trail!

The Vegan Taste of Place Trail celebrates the wide range of local produce and producers across Argyll and the inner hebrides. The breadth of places to eat and drink, and variety of meals and produce on offer caught the attention of Mike MacEachern, journalist at The Telegraph who visited Argyll to get a taste of it all for himself.

Hosted by two of our 100% ethical vegan businesses, plus two of our coastal hotels who have dedicated plant-based menus, Mike experienced a real flavour of what's on offer for vegans and for those who are just starting to explore plant-based options. Many of our eateries on the Vegan Trail feature local and sustainably sourced plant-based produce alongside locally caught seafood, and other menus allowing mixed groups to readily dine together for a shared experience.

Mike shares his journey as a self-confessed carnivore; "I was born a dyed-in-the-wool carnivore. I like my beef smoked and my pork pulled, and have long been of the opinion that every meal can be improved with a rasher of bacon on the side. But we’re in 2021 and things are changing. Every meal is now linked to the ethics of its ingredients – from the treatment of farm animals to the moral consequences of our choices – and carries with it the threat of dinner-table conflict.

"I knew next to nothing about Argyll’s newly launched Taste Trails, but was immediately tempted...

"Thoroughly intrigued – and before anyone could say “lockdown” again – I headed north along the plant-based food trail, a route underpinned by vegan menus: bring on the cheatin’ ham, unchicken and sheese."

Read the full article by Mike >

View our interactive Taste of Place Trails Map to discover what and where you can eat >

A taster of Mike's 3-day Itinerary taking in the sights and the flavours:

DAY 1

Travel from Edinbrugh to Argyll via Inveraray and down to Loghilphead, along the Crinan Canal to Crinan to explore a little, and then up to Kilmartin Glen. Various sites of interest including Dunadd Fort.

Check in at Kingsreach Vegan B&B at Kilmichael prior to a trip to Ardfern to visit Catch A Carrot Vegan Cafe to forage wild mint with Janine.

Dinner at Loch Melfort Hotel to taste the vegan menu with stunning views over the sea and adjacent to Arduaine Gardens. Perfect spot for alfresco dining or cosy up inside.

DAY 2

Start the day with a full vegan breakfast at Kingsreach B&B before heading back to Catch a Carrot for lunch.

Travel north towards Oban and on to Appin for vegan dinner at The Pierhouse Hotel, with spectauclar views over the water and Castle Stalker nearby.

DAY 3

Breakfast at the Pierhouse Hotel with great vegan options before setting off south to Connel and along Loch Etive, and the north to Loch Awe with a stop of at St Conans Kirk for some history, or a trip to Kilchurn Castle for that famous photo.

Lunch time stop at Ben Cruachan Inn as part of our Vegan Trail.

Explore the views and activities on offer before setting off.