Argyll is one of the most scarcely populated regions of Scotland with seascapes and landscapes that are as diverse as some of the most remote regions of Europe. Food is of utmost importance to the region and there are many dishes that are indigenous, not just to Argyll but Scotland too.
There are so many places to try regional delicacies of Scotland, and so many dishes to try! Here are some of the most famous:
Loch Fyne Oysters
No visit to Argyll would be complete without eating oysters!
While there are countless places to tuck in to this delectable dish, one of the most renowned is Loch Fyne Oysters.
Situated approximately one hour’s drive west of Glasgow, this world-famous Oyster Bar and Deli shop also serves seafood, fish, game and meat. Founded in 1978, the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar serves freshly caught oysters (amongst other seafood), fished from waters just minutes from the restaurant’s doors.
The restaurant’s head chef, Jamie Nicholson, uses seasonal flavours to enhance each dish he creates. Open from 9am, those early enough to the doors can enjoy smoked haddock and poached eggs for breakfast, while there are plenty more choices on the menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also visit the shop or shop online for deliveries straight to your front door!
Scotch pie, also known as mutton pie, is a delicious, flaky double-crust savoury pie filled with meat. These thick and juicy pies, which date back to the Middle Ages, were traditionally frowned upon by the Scottish church as they were seen as a decadent and luxurious English-style food.
As the centuries evolved, they were seen as a convenient and sustaining meal for working people, who would buy them fresh and hot in the city streets from pie-sellers. Recipes varied depending on the individual pie maker, and even today, many people keep their recipes a top secret for fear of being copied!
Haggis is Scotland’s national dish that may look a little disgusting, but we all know never to judge a book by its cover. It features lamb heart, liver and lungs mixed with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices, and is typically served with potatoes and turnips (also known as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties). Yes, it may be a strange sounding dish, but it is well worth a try.
With its mountains and lochs and glens, Knockdow House is situated in a remote part of the world that is rugged in some areas and fertile in others.
While Knockdow House is not open to the public, there are endless places in the surrounding region to visit, and this is a unique area for food that is often underestimated. So be sure to take a trip to Argyll to sample some of the local delicacies!