The Wester Ross Good Food Trail
Well, after finding a place to put your head down for the night, most people then want to find some place to eat! Not only that, but when travelling, the majority of visitors want to see what's eaten locally - using produce that's caught / prepared / grown and sourced in the area.
So, what we have to do is to try and make sure you find all these places! We're not going to tell you that all the delicious meals served throughout the food trail are going to necessarily come from the croft house next door - or even from the loch you are watching a stunningly beautful sunset from.
But what we WILL try and do is to make sure that the food you order is from Scotland - that it is prepared, sourced, and cooked to a high standard - and whether you are sitting in a cafe or a 5 - star restaurant, the service is of a standard that reflects your expectations.
How was the trail put together?
This has been initially based (the "initial" bit is important!) on an event we helped organise in March 2015, where we pulled together a number of local businesses from across Wester Ross to participate in a discussion about local produce - the benefits to the visitor, the benefits to themselves, and the benefits to the area economy as a whole. These initial businesses are the ones you see here on the Wester Ross Good Food Trail. It's expected that the list will change as time goes on - Some businesses will be added, some may be removed - who knows? If you have found a place that's NOT on the list, then please tell us!
Can you - the Visitor - help?
Absolutely! We do not necessarily want this trail to reflect perfection - and people have a range of ideas as to what that is anyway. The main criteria to be on the list is that a hotel, cafe, or producer can meet the following expectations -
- The food in question is largely (but not exclusively) sourced locally
- The service is friendly and knowlegeable, (but please remember that the waiter / waitress may well still be a student), and this might only be seasonal work. Make some allowances!
- The menu has a good selection of choices and the prices are fair
- You enjoy what you order, what you eat, and what you have paid for!
If NOT - let us know - please!
We are not "Trip Advisor", and do not want to be. But if repeated comments are received about the same apparent problem, then we will try and see what can be done about it. Our aim is to expand and develop the trail into a really accurate guide for the area, and we can only do this with your help.