Airds Hotel and Restaurant
“Classical technique delivered with polish” - AA Inspector
PORT APPIN, ARGYLL & BUTE
Our Inspector's view
The short drive from Fort William to Port Appin is a tonic in itself, but the location of the Airds Hotel, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, looking over to the Isle of Lismore, is guaranteed to unwind the troubled mind. In a long, low-ceilinged dining room, an atmosphere of considerate civility reigns, and the cooking is characterised by classical techniques delivered with polish and the kind of simplicity that allows quality to shine through. Roulade of Mull crab presents you with sweetly flavoured fresh meat, watercress gel and a grain mustard sabayon, a satisfying introduction before moving on to roast breast of Gressingham duck with pommes Anna, creamed cabbage, and carrot and anise purée. Rhubarb soufflé comes with walnut crumble ice cream and a vanilla doughnut. Breads are excellent – look out for the pumpkin seed loaf and the sourdough in particular.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 30
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30: 300
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover Argyll & Bute
This is a county that’s all about awe-inspiring landscapes and unique island cultures. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney put the area on the map when he wrote Mull of Kintyre, recorded in 1977 with the local pipe band backing his group. Kintyre is a long, thin peninsula that points south from the mainland, sheltering the mouth of the Firth of Clyde from the open sea. It’s very nearly an island, with just a narrow isthmus connecting it with Knapdale, to the north.
Tucked away at the end of the Firth of Clyde, Bute has been the holiday playground for generations of Glaswegians and is home to some of the finest golden beaches anywhere on the west coast. It may not boast the wild mountain grandeur of some of Scotland’s other islands, but Bute is blessed with swathes of heathery moorland and a range of low, fertile hills, perfect for walking and studying the local wildlife. Such is the variety of landscapes that make up this county.
To experience the sights and sounds of the area, visit Dunoon in late August for the Cowal Highland Gathering, when more than 150 pipe bands from all over the world compete for prestigious trophies.
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