Eating & drinking


Gairloch and its environs offer a diverse range of eating and drinking possibilities.

Sadly the Melvaig Inn, over the road from Ceol na Mara, has closed and is now a house, so the nearest eateries are at the Sands Campsite and in Gairloch.

For coffee—or for breakfast—try the Coast Coffee Company at the harbour. For lunch on the go Crumbs, over the road from Kenneth Morrison, makes sandwiches to order, along with home-made soup, pies and cakes.

There’s also the Shieling—good, honest fare, reasonably priced, and the Hai Yang Chinese takeaway. Gairloch’s pubs and hotels also serve food.

If you’re venturing beyond Gairloch, the Whistle Stop Café in Kinlochewe comes highly recommended; and there’s a chip shop in Ullapool that was rated the best in Britain by Radio 4.

If, on the other hand, you do fancy cooking, Gairloch has Strath Stores, who will deliver by arrangement. They have an extensive deli counter and a sandwich bar. There’s also McColl’s (known locally as Wildcat) and The Shop at the Pier. For meat we highly recommend Kenneth Morrison in Strath. Closer to home, Fran and Chris at Fionn Croft in Melvaig sell free-range eggs from their chickens and pork from pigs reared on their croft.