Knockdow House is a glorious property situated close to the down of Dunoon, in Argyll, Scotland. Knockdow House is steeped in history, and for 600 years was owned by the Lamont Clan, including Sir Norman Lamont, the 17th and final Laird of Knockdow.
While the house itself is magnificent, no visit to the region is complete without an eating tour of Argyll. Argyll is famed for its delicious seafood, which is no surprise given its location. With a long and varied coastline and many cold, clear waters, there is a wide variety of seafood on offer for all palates and preferences.
Exploring the Coast for Seafood
If the thought of eating sensational seafood makes your mouth water, then head to the Heart of Argyll for some of Scotland’s finest cafés and restaurants.
From Loch Tarbert to the south, the Atlantic to the West and Loch Fyne to the east, there’s sea bass, haddock, cod, mussels, oysters, lobster, crab, langousine, scallops and razor clams to choose from, all of which are caught locally and available in many restaurants across the region.
For some of the best seafood on the west coast, a visit to Tarbert is a must. This little fishing village is home to countless pubs and restaurants, all serving up fresh fish and shellfish around the harbour. From casual and relaxed to fancy and fine, there are a wide variety of establishments to choose from.
There are also a number of places that offer seafood to take away, so if you fancy a quiet night in with your favourite dish, check out some of the many takeaway options available.
From Tarbert you can catch a ferry and head to Portavadie for some esteemed waterfront dining. From hotels, bars and restaurants, there are plenty of local seafood options on offer as you watch the boats and yachts sail by.
In Inveraray, the seafood world is truly your oyster! Traditionally, this Georgian town’s primary industry was focused on herring. Here, herring was smoked and this is what produced the famous Loch Fyne Kipper.
Top seafood restaurant, Samphire, run by chef Andrew Maclugas, is renowned for its divine dishes that use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Meanwhile, the George Hotel offers fantastic seafood produce freshly sourced from Tarbert.
The heart of Argyll is also home to the historic Crinan Canal, which is known as ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut.’ Saunter along the canal’s side for an array of wonderful eateries. What better way to tuck into your seafood platter than while watching the boats meander through the locks?
When the day winds to an end, head back to the warmth of your accommodation for a cup of tea… or better still, a glass of whiskey!