Seafood Week is an annual campaign which aims to get people to eat fish more often and highlights the variety and quality of fish and shellfish on offer in the UK. Scotland in particular has an abundance of seafood on offer and The Seafood Trail on the West Coast of Scotland is becoming more and more popular.
The Seafood Trail is currently a collection of 8 different seafood restaurants offering fresh seafood, with the majority also offering high quality and affordable accommodation. Travelling from Glasgow could not be easier, simply follow signs for the A83, these will be marked Dumbarton, Tarbet, Inveraray and Campbeltown. Your first stop will be the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, from here you can continue along the A83 towards the Cairnbaan Hotel and other establishments or alternatively double back for a few miles and follow the road to Tighnabruach to the Royal Hotel, where you can catch a ferry from Portavadie to Tarbert and continue along the trail. Other restaurants to note include The Seafood Cabin, Creggans Inn and The Pierhouse Hotel. Click here to see the full Seafood Trail map.
There are also plenty places to enjoy Scottish Seafood in Scotland’s main cities so here are some of our favourites…
The aptly-named Mussel Inn is the place for an affordable meal straight out of the sea, our favourites are chilled oysters, mussels with white wine, garlic, shallots and cream and tiger prawns. You can find the Mussel Inn on Hope Street, Glasgow and on Rose Street, Edinburgh.
In the West End of Glasgow Brel is a place not to miss. Here you can enjoy moules frites, langoustines frites and poisson frites with amazing aioli and chocolate fondue if you need a dessert!
Over in Finneston, Crabshakk is very popular so book a table well in advance! They offer whole lobsters, grilled langoustines as well as vongole pasta. The restaurant itself is rather small but the food more than makes up for it and adds to its charm.
Ondine is one of Catharine’s favourite Edinburgh spots. They have a huge range of oysters from all over the UK as well as dishes such as Steamed Razor Clams Soy, Black Bean & Ginger and Langoustines Over Ice with Aioli.
Another spot in Edinburgh to check out is the Ship on the Shore in Leith where you can indulge in Hand Dived King Scallops with Thermidor Sauce, Sweet Potato Fries & Spring Cabbage Salad and the Famous Smokehouse Platter which includes Crab Claws, Whole Scottish Lobster, Clams, Mussels, King Scallops, Langoustines, Baked Oysters, Ship’s Chips & Garlic Butter.
Now we’re off to book dinner and enjoy some seafood during National Seafood Week!