In Argyll you’re never far from the coast. Life is shaped by the water, from the sea lochs that stretch inland to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. And with the coast you get islands. There are so many of them in Argyll, and they each have their own unique character.
Island hopping your way up the west coast is one of the best adventures - especially when you can get great coffee along the way. Here are the Argyll islands where you can grab a cup of our good stuff!
Mull is a gorgeous island, about an hour on the ferry from Oban. It has it all - a spectacular castle, sandy beaches, wildlife galore and a towering peak. When you get off the ferry at Craignure, head south down the coastal road and take the winding single-track road to Lochbuie. The drive/cycle is breathtakingly beautiful. At the end of the road you’ll find The Old Post Office where Flora and the team serve up lunches, home baking and our Clyde Steamer blend. Sit outside with your coffee and soak up the views to Islay and Colonsay. The Old Post Office is open until 29th October - 7 days a week, 10-3.30pm with lunch from 12-2pm.
Your next stop is The Boathouse on the island of Ulva. From Craignure, head West across Mull to Ulva Ferry. Ulva is a tiny community-owned island that sits just off the west coast of Mull, separated by a narrow strait. To get to Ulva you need to make a 1-minute ferry crossing. This is an on-demand ferry run by ferry master, who only comes to pick you up when you flip the board to red. You’ll be dropped right by The Boathouse, a bistro run by Brendan and Mark serving up home baking and incredible local seafood. They also serve our Argyll’s Secret Roast blend. The Boathouse is seasonal so check it’s open before you make the journey!
Jura is mountainous, wild and sparsely populated. The deer population is huge - around 7,000. Michael and Charlotte run the Deer Island Rum Distillery, which you’ll find at the Pier Garage on Jura. They have a shop where you can buy their amazing rum and merch, as well as grab yourself a cup of Clyde Steamer. You can also treat yourself to a bottle of Cold Brew Coffee Rum made with our Clyde Steamer beans. Jura isn’t easy to get to, so check they’re open before you head over there.
Arran isn’t officially in Argyll, but we look out to this beautiful island from Argyll’s Secret Coast and you can catch the ferry to Arran from Kintyre. We LOVE visiting Arran - any excuse and we’re there. Although we still have to climb Goatfell. You’ll find our coffee at The Corrie Hotel, which sits on the seashore at Corrie. Enjoy your brew in the beer garden, a former croquet lawn the sits right on the shoreline with views to Ayrshire, Bute and Cumbrae.
Jumping on a CalMac ferry is part of any Argyll and Hebridean island adventure and we’re super excited to announce that you can now buy bags of our coffee on board four CalMac routes - MV Caledonian Isles from Ardrossan to Brodick, MV Finlaggan from Kennacraig to Port Ellen, MV Clansman from Oban to Coll, Tiree and Colonsay and the MV Isle of Lewis to Barra.
Oh and you can also grab a cup of our coffee before you board your ferry at the Food from Argyll at the Pier at the CalMac ferry terminal in Oban. We highly recommend a bacon and homemade tattie scone roll to go with it!