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The Kintyre produce you have to try!

The Kintyre produce you have to try!
Kintyre is a must-visit destination for any food lover. Packed with great tasting produce, this beautiful peninsula stretching south from mid-Argyll is a gourmet’s delight. Savour the area’s seafood, hauled fresh from the surrounding waters, feast on beef and lamb from the local farms and discover a host of artisan products including jams, sweets and ice cream. This year, make a break for Kintyre and enjoy a gastronomic tour you won’t forget in a hurry.

Delicious dairy
Kintyre’s fertile soil is perfect for dairy farming, so it’s no surprise the area is famed for its cheese. You’ve probably heard of (or even tasted) the award-winning Mull of Kintyre Cheddar, which was crowned the Best Scottish Cheese in 2010 and 2011. It’s made with milk supplied by farms in Kintyre and Gigha and crafted in the historic Campbeltown Creamery using time-honoured methods. Another local Kintyre cheesemaker is Inverloch. They make a range of eighteen cheeses from their own cows’ and goats’ milk produced in Kintyre. Try the Inverloch Crottin, a fresh goats’ milk cheese, or a truckle of Gigha Cheddar.

Fantastic farms
It’s not just dairy herds that you find on Kintyre. The area’s lush pastures produce delicious beef and lamb too. And none is more idyllic than Ifferdale Farm in beautiful Saddle Glen. You can buy Ifferdale lamb, Aberdeen Angus beef and eggs directly from the farm or at Argyll Country Markets and other agricultural events throughout the year. The farm also supplies local restaurants. At High Bellochantuy Farm, an on-site stall sells fresh vegetables, free-range Kintyre Eggs and farmhouse baking. Everything is grown, produced or baked on the farm. The Campbeltown Community Orchard & Garden is another great place to pick up fresh produce. Head up to the garden to buy seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Fabulous fish
Kintyre is all but surrounded by water, with the Atlantic lapping its western shore and the Kilbranan Sound and lower end of Loch Fyne to the east. Tarbert’s fishing fleet lands some of the best seafood in the world, and the pubs and restaurants surrounding the natural harbour are great places to sample this super-fresh fish and shellfish. They won’t be landing halibut mind you - wild Atlantic halibut is firmly on the endangered list. To try this delicious fish you’ll need to look out for Gigha Halibut. This small family-run business on the island of Gigha has perfected the craft of hand rearing sustainable halibut.

For smoked fish, try The Kintyre Smokehouse. Founder Archie Macmillan turned a dilapidated kipper house into a smokehouse producing a range of smoked seafood, including hot and cold smoked salmon, smoked mussels, Kintyre scallops and kippers. He also smokes cheese. Another great place to get hold of local seafood is Prentice Seafoods at the ferry terminal in Tarbert. Pick up a seafood box or choose a live lobster or crab to take away. Mussels, clams, cockles, brown crab, velvet crab, king scallops and langoustines are all on offer, depending on the season.

Sweet treats
When you need something sweet, nothing hits the spot like tablet. The Scottish Tablet Company, based in Carradale, makes some of the best old-fashioned tablet in Scotland. It’s hand made to a family recipe that’s been handed down through generations and is truly melt in the mouth. Over on Gigha, the tiny island just off Kintyre’s coast, Wee Isle Dairy Ice Cream is a new venture making artisan ice cream. We love the sound of bramble and whisky flavoured ice cream!

Wonderful whisky
At some point on your visit you might fancy a wee dram to complement all this fabulous food! Campbeltown once had 34 distilleries, but today just three (Glen Scotia, Springbank and Glengyle) are left to maintain this regional subgroup of single malt whiskies.

You’ll find Kintyre produce on menus in many of the local restaurants, pubs and cafés. Another great place to buy the produce – and meet the producers – is the Campbeltown Farmers’ Market, which is held on the first Saturday of every month in the grounds of Campbeltown Heritage Centre.

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