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The fabulous flavours of Gigha

The fabulous flavours of Gigha
Sitting three miles west of Kintyre in Argyll, community-owned Gigha is a gem of a Hebridean island. It may be small - just seven miles long by a mile and a half wide – but it’s packs a big punch when it comes to great flavours. The beautiful island is home to a thriving community of food producers, while the clear cold Atlantic waters that surround the island provide some of the best seafood in Scotland. So why not come and taste the fabulous flavours of Gigha?

Gigha Halibut, a small family-run business, has perfected the art of hand-rearing sustainable halibut. The fish are grown over three years using a unique land-based farming system that harnesses the clean waters from the Sound of Gigha. Reared to organic standards, the fish are healthy and happy and their flesh firm and lean. The texture and delicate flavour of halibut makes it a favourite among fish lovers, but wild Atlantic halibut is firmly on the endangered list. Gigha Halibut means you can enjoy this fish with a clear conscience! Gigha Halibut supplies some of the world’s leading restaurants, and you’ll also find it locally in the restaurants. Smoked Gigha Halibut is an experience not to be missed! Using whisky-barrel oak chips from the Kilmochan Distillery on neighbouring Islay, the fish is smoked using a centuries-old method and is utterly delicious.

Another local delicacy to try on a visit to Gigha is Wilson’s Quail Eggs. They come fresh or pickled and are fantastic served with everything from fish and chips to a salad. The eggs are boiled, shelled and pickled on Gigha ready for you to enjoy.

You might also be tempted by some cheddar. All Gigha milk goes to the creamery in Campbeltown to make Mull of Kintyre cheese.

So where can you sample all this lovely local produce on a visit to Gigha? You have two great options - The Boathouse Café Bar and the Gigha Hotel. Both are just a short walk from the ferry. also eat in the beer garden.

The Boathouse at Ardminish Bay is a wonderful restaurant serving up exceptional local seafood and other foodie delights right on the beach. Check out the daily ‘fresh in’ board, which features the catch of the day. The Boathouse is the place to try Gigha Halibut with a twist. How does pan-seared Gigha Halibut, mussels, cockles, shrimp & bean infusion sound? The assiette of smoked fish, with salmon, halibut, mackerel, trout and mussels is also worth a try. Or how about tucking into some Boathouse potted shrimp with citrus pressed watermelon and nettle yoghurt? You’ll also find traditional favourites such as beer-battered haddock and mushy peas on the menu. Children’s portions are available on some of the dishes. The Boathouse is open from Easter to the end of September. It also has a small campsite.

The Gigha Hotel menu is varied and practically all of the dishes feature local produce, including prawns, crab, clams and lobster freshly caught by local fishermen and Gigha Halibut expertly prepared. The restaurant is casual yet elegant. Admire the views over Ardminish Bay towards the mainland of Scotland as you feast on local shellfish. Head to the bar for excellent bar meals and a convivial atmosphere. You might acquire a taste for the finest Scottish malt whiskies as you watch the colourful yachts sail past the bay! There’s a lovely garden for al fresco dining on a sunny day.

If you fancy working up an appetite, there are some great walks on Gigha. Pick up the ‘Walk Gigha’ booklet from Gigha Stores or Gigha Hotel. You can hire bikes at the Gigha Boats Activity Centre and explore the island on two wheels. It doesn’t take long! There’s also a nine-hole golf course.

Find out more about things to see and do in Kintyre & Gigha.

This blog post was amended on 4 May 2016. We removed the paragraph about Gigha Cheese as it was incorrect.
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