It's the blooming end of season already!

We cannot believe we are posting our closing date already! This season has flown by after our amazing wedding way back in March! 

Our last day of cafe opening is MONDAY 28th of SEPTEMBER, 10:30am until 4:30pm. The garden is still looking spectacular so come along and see us and for those that cannot make it, Aideen has been snap happy with some of the more majestic that flower :)

From us and Colin, our guard owl, we'd like to thank everyone who made 2015 so special. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new next year from Good Friday!

Aideen and Martin

Certificate of Excellence Award!

Hello Friends! Just a wee heads up to say we will be closed for the Triathlon this coming weekend (5th/6th September)

We've been riding high this month on the back of our Certificate of Excellence award from Trip Advisor! At time of writing we are sitting pretty at number 5 out of over 80 eateries in and around Oban! High praise indeed and especially pleasing as it comes from customers directly!

We've still to decide for sure what date we will close for the season but for certain we'll be open over the final weekend of September (26/27th Sept). We'll keep an eye on the weather and keep you posted on whether we'll be open in the final week days.

If in doubt feel free to give us a bell on 01631 566367

Breathtaking Kerrera!

We're super excited to present a short film by our friend Borja at Wav Lab Studios! We expected something special but what he has produced is just astounding. If you're in any doubt of the beauty that Kerrera has to offer, sit back and marvel at nature at it's finest! (It deserves full screen and HD!)

Kerrera from Wav Lab Studio on Vimeo.

Tasty treats for Summer 2015!

We're excited to present a new regular on our specials board for Summer 2015 that features some of the best hot smoked salmon Scotland has to offer!

The Green Shack in Oban is legendary and a firm favorite of ours when we make a rare foray off the island in the summer. The owner, John Ogdon, is passionate about seafood and produces some of the most flavoursome, tender, hot smoked salmon money can buy and we're putting it in a superb new sandwich!

We've also been working on new home made bread for all our sandwiches and salads. The Little Sourdough bakery have been key in helping to guide us through the whole process of creating and using a unique Kerrera Sourdough Starter that we use instead of yeast to help our loaves rise. We're still using 100% Doves Farm Organic flour and the only other ingredients are water and kosher salt. 

We've just taken delivery of our new pigs that we keep up at Balliemore Farm with our neighbours Gill and Tim. This is the third year we've kept these amazing animals and we're delighted to be able to share some of the craft charcuterie creations that are starting to bear fruit!

Air dried ham or proscuitto/parma/serrano, depending where you are, is the longest of long game craft creations! We cured these full legs in October 2014 and they have been hanging, drying and maturing ever since. 

The resulting creation is a real delight and even though we only have a few legs, we're still planning on pairing some wafer thin slices with some avocado smash on sourdough toast at various points in the season!

Even more ways to come and stay with us!

We're excited for the season to be underway and we're looking forward to welcoming you all to the Tea Garden an Bunkhouse.

For long spells last year the bunkhouse was full up with Geology students from all over the country which was good news for us but bad news if you wanted to come and stay with us! With that in mind we have made a small expansion to our accomodation options here on Kerrera with our stunning 4 metre bell tent.

We've not had many sun splitting days since we put it up so most of the pictures are quite murky but rest assured, you'll be hard pushed to get a more stunning view from any tent space in the UK.

Commanding views of Mull, Colonsay, The Garvellachs, Seil, Luing, Scarba, Jura and Islay, you feel like you're camped at the end of the earth!

We've built a platform for the tent which helps keep it feeling cosy inside, especially with all the rugs and nice bedding inside.

There is a double bed raised from the tent floor on upcycled pallets (my favorite things!), comfy and cosy heavy tog duvet and pillows, woodburning stove, vibrant rugs, solar lights, outdoor covered cooking area, bbq access, shared bathroom and showering facilities and of course the amazing views as standard!

(The picture above does not show the platform or the pallet bedframe)

There's nothing quite like waking to the morning mist being burned off by the sun, getting the wee stove on and enjoying a cuppa while planning your day in one of the most stunning places imaginable.

We'll post more pictures wih a nice sunny backdrop as soon as we see it again, in the meantime, if you're interested in booking the bunkhouse or our bell tent, please send us an email to or call 01631 566367

A Warm and Wintry Welcome to 2015!

We'd like to welcome you all to 2015 with some snaps from a delightfully wintry Kerrera. We're glad to say the storms have not affected Gylen Castle, it's still as breathtaking on any day but especially when the sun shines and the waves crash!

(PS, We open the cafe on Friday April 4th!)

There have been quite a few days of full snow coverage which is a first for us. It really makes for a magical scene but thankfully, for the animals sake, it was short lived. Enough time for a few hours sledging and snapping!

The peaks of Cruachan will have a cover of snow probably into March, it's nice when they escape the cloud and show off for us to see here.

A very cute and probably very early new arrival on Kerrera. Mum and Dad were close but I was able to sit it for a few minutes and say hi.

The winter really does bring a different level of sunset, and the bonus is we see it every day! Super pinks on this one.

On Facebook, we have a new Fan Album, where we are happy to post some of your best pictures of the island. Feel free to get on board and send any pictures to us on the email below:

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The end of the season is nigh!

The nights and indeed our second season are fair drawing in! Our last day of Tea Garden business this year will be Sunday September the 28th. We'll be open until 4:30pm that day. 

We'll still be taking bunkhouse bookings so do get in touch to see what dates we have available and you might be lucky enough to experience this awsome view of Gylen Castle, the Milky Way and vast swathes of the Universe! Thanks to Duncan Harvey for this incredible photograph.

A huge thanks to all our customers, helpers and island neighbours who have all helped make Season 2 really special! We really do have the best office in the world :)

Check out our new Specials Board!

After being used to transport many different heavy loads, we decided to rehome these lovely pallets. 

We sanded the surfaces lovingly (and have the splinters to prove it!), we varnished, painted and buffed them, up to a fine finish.

Below is 'Big Brown' welcoming you at our front door:

And here is 'Wee Red', posing in the corner of the Byre for anyone seeking shelter from the rain or the strong west highland sun!

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A spring in our step!

What an incredible opening to our second season! The Easter weather has been kind to us again this year and the flora is about to go into overdrive! It's been wonderful to hear the bustle of a busy garden with customers mingling with the birds and the bees. 

Special Offer!

Why not come and stay over for a joyous Kerrera sunset! Our bunkhouse is full all of June and July, however as a special offer, we are delighted to offer anyone wanting to come in May 15% off their total bill. There are still a few weekends available at the time of this update so call or email for more details. Please quote MAYDAY SPECIAL when booking to activate your discount. 

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Tea Garden Tablet to fuel your wander!

Aideen has cooked up a batch of tablet to keep the wolves from the door during your walk round the island. They'd also make the perfect wee gift for a sweet toothed friend! Grab a bag in the cafe today!

Summer timetable on the horizon!

The ferry will be moving to Summer timetable from Monday 14th April. For full details please visit 

Just a reminder folks that we are open 7 days from 10:30am until 4:30pm.

This is how excited we are to be opening again soon!

We took a lovely stroll up to the highest point of Kerrera at the weekend and realised how close we are to the beginning of our second season here at the Tea Garden and Bunkhouse! We officially open the cafe on Friday April 4th from 10:30am till 4:30pm and will be open 7 days a week till September! The bunkhouse is also open for anyone wanting to stay with us and enjoy the sunsets and starry nights, we are already full for June and July so booking ahead is advised! Anyone coming along should note that the Kerrera Ferry is still on winter timetable (

Hear about island life, straight from the horses mouths!

 Patrick Rowan returned to Kerrera in the spring of 2013 after having visited the island as a child. He and his friend Lawrie stayed with us in the Bunkhouse for 2 weeks and produced this fabulous insight into island life with some amazing video and time lapse footage. Partrick also took some incredible long exposure shots of the tea garden and bunkhouse, you can find these shots elsewhere on the website and on our Facebook page. (The amazing starry sky ones)



Lovely article about us in the Herald.....

"It might feel like a test, but the reward - entry to an enchanting other-world about thirteen minutes away from urbanisation (a ten minute drive from Oban, plus about three minutes to cross the Sound of Kerrera) makes the initiation not only worthwhile, but part of the adventure."

Click here to read all about it .. 



Aideen's new creation ...

Aideen's new creation...A rich chocolate, courgette and orange cake, laced with walnuts and topped with orange glace icing. On the specials board now!