The Wester Ross Food Trail - Kinlochewe and Badachro
Arriving in the village of Kinlochewe, there is the Kinlochewe Hotel - a champion of the "Slow Food" movement. The exact opposite of the "get 'em in, get 'em out" approach of some eating places, the Hotel is focused on simplicity and flavour, using high quality local produce, freshly cooked.
Prime cuts of local Ross-shire meat and game are supplied by Kenneth Morrison Butchers in Gairloch; when available venison from the local mountain, Beinn Eighe, is served. The clear waters of Loch Torridon provide creel caught langoustines and lobsters; fresh salmon comes from the Scottish Sustainable Freedom Food fish farms in the Shetlands. Loch Torridon Smokehouse in Shieldaig and Isle of Ewe Smokehouse in Mellon Charles supply the smoked fish. Fresh fish comes from Alfie Edwards of Applecross and what is served depends on what Alfie brings ... wild sea bass, line caught wild sea bream, haddock, herring, halibut, scallops, oysters, mussels and much more!
There are always vegetarian dishes on menu; soups are generally vegan; cornflour is used to thicken so casseroles are suitable for coeliacs and there is gluten free bread and baking in stock. Other diets are catered for on request.
About 20 miles further on is Gairloch - nearly 15 miles of the drive has the beautiful Loch Maree by your side as you travel, so it's no hassle to make the drive Northwards! But just before you arrive at Gairloch, there is a turn off to Badachro - here you will find the comfortable B&B of Gordon and Vanessa Quinn, called Aird Hill. This is no ordinary B&B - yes, there are stylish, comfortable and well equipped rooms...... But Aird Hill guests can also enjoy the stunning view whilst indulging in a superb evening meal, made with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients and cooked to order. They offer a fixed menu, 3 course meal most evenings which should be booked in advance. Contact them for an up to date idea of what will be on the menu when you stay.......the food's great!
Ingredients are organic or locally produced where at all possible. The Quinns expect to produce their own sausages, bacon (from their own saddleback piggies), mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs (from hens who happily wander around the garden). Delicious, organic, freshly baked bread is served each morning. Delicious honey from local Badachro Bees is usually available too!
Just a few miles more, and the many attractions of Gairloch now await you.......