Dolphins for breakfast

Unusual, but true

It’s not often that I have dolphins for breakfast. They weren’t on the menu. But, after all, what chef in their right mind would blatantly include dolphins on the menu when supply can’t be guaranteed?

Crinan Harbour


The restaurant overlooks the vast loch. There are fantastic views across the water to the hills beyond.

I sat by the huge window, menu open on the table.

I wondered what I should have for breakfast. Some local bacon and sausages maybe; Loch Fyne kippers, freshly smoked haddock or… dolphins?… WHAT on earth were dolphins doing there?

Dolphins at Crinan

Dolphins at Crinan

Thrilling breakfast accompaniment

I couldn’t bear to sit at the table with so many dolphins on display. I jumped up and ran out of the restaurant… to watch the pod of dolphins frolicking within a stone’s throw of Crinan Hotel showing off their calves to onlookers. What a thrilling accompaniment to breakfast!

Crinan is a cute little village, if you can call it a village. Or is it a harbour? Anyway, Crinan Hotel is an intimate ‘gourmet’ hotel at the north end of the Crinan Canal on Argyll’s wild coastline.

The day's catch at Crinan

Seafood delivered daily

The shellfish have landed

The food is scrumptious (shellfish are landed daily just 50 yards from the hotel’s kitchen); the hotel has a comfortable family feel, the views are stunning, the harbour picturesque. There’s a cosy art gallery alongside the quayside too. And it’s all SO tranquil.

The Crinan Canal sees 2,000-3,000 vessels passing through it every year. It’s a nine-mile passageway, linking Loch Fyne with the Sound of Jura, for ships travelling to the Western Isles through the Kintyre peninsula.

Ideal base for walking and cycling holidays in Scotland

With fifteen locks, Crinan canal’s towpath makes an interesting and picturesque walking and cycling route. Expect breathtaking scenery.

Cycling in Argyll and Bute >>

Walking – Argyll and the Isles >>

Scotland Area Tourist Board >>

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