A weekend at Inver, a Fyne restaurant with rooms

Breakfast at Inver

A couple of months ago Alex and I went with our friends Louise and Jamie for a weekend at Inver, a restaurant with rooms on Loch Fyne, on the west coast of Scotland.

View of Inver from the other side of the loch

We had booked it about half a year before, after someone had seen the chef, Pamela Brunton, on Saturday Kitchen. None of us could remember why we had chosen this seemingly random weekend in September. We have a feeling it was perhaps the first weekend we were able to book!

View from the breakfast table in the bothy

We stayed for two nights in the bothies at Inver. These bothies are well-designed, with trendy Scandi-style furniture, and fantastic views of the ever-changing sea loch.

"Duncan enjoying the view" - photo and illustration by Louise Cockburn

Photo and illustration by Louise Cockburn

Alex combing her hair outside the bothy, with the amazing sea loch view

A stunning place to wake up

Record player and sideboard in the bothy

The bothies also each have a record player and a small but diverse selection of records.

Jamie and Louise drinking their blackcurrant vodka

Jamie and Louise drinking their blackcurrant vodka

The night before, we drank the blackcurrant vodka that was left for us.

Breakfast at Inver

The morning after, we ate the extraordinary breakfast. This was a true feast, incorporating bread, egg, a bacon fat rowie (described as “the Scottish croissant”), brioche, pork rillettes, bircher muesli, compote, yoghurt… It took an hour just to eat breakfast. There was no rush.

Castle Lachlan

During the Saturday we went for a walk to explore nearby Lachlan Castle.

Jamie "tossing a caber"

Jamie showed off his Highland games skills.

Louise, Alex, me and Jamie posing for our band photo

Band photo

Then we wandered a bit further along and up a hill until we decided it would be unwise to go any further.

Sculptured stones at Kilmodan

The nearest tourist attraction appeared to be the sculptured stones at Kilmodan, so we took a road trip.

Alex ringing the church bell

Alex naughtily rang the church bell.

View of Loch Riddon on our mini road trip

View of Loch Riddon on our mini road trip

The road to Inver is the B8000. When a road name has four numerals in it, it’s always a bit of a giveaway that it’s going to be a small road. Even so, we’re not sure if we have seen a public road like this that has grass growing in the middle of it before.

You almost need to be going to Inver to use this road. It is quite incredible that such a good restaurant is in a location as remote as this. And yet trade was clearly brisk.

Alex and me at the bothies at Inver

When you book the bothies, Inver offer a tasting menu with (optional) paired drinks. The sort of meal with seven small- to medium-sized courses that leaves you feeling stuffed to the brim and unable to sleep properly.

Jamie poses as a stag in Inver

We made it our challenge for the weekend to build a rapport with the co-owner, Rob Latimer. He has the sort of dry sense of humour that kept us wondering if he was appalled by our chat, or secretly enjoying it.

Louise, Alex, me and Jamie posing with the stuffed animal in the bar

When we had a drink in the bar on our arrival on Friday night, he took exception to our plot to name the stuffed animal on the wall. But later on he’d chip in with the odd unexpected zinger. We think he warmed to us by the end of our stay.

Jamie on a tyre swing

Jamie on a tyre swing at Lachlan Castle

Despite its remoteness, Inver is not quite in the category of “get-away-from-it-all” destinations. Some places take pride in having no phone signal, no wifi, and no fun. Not so here. The record player and bluetooth speakers invite you to stream music and stay in touch with the world.

If that’s what you want to do, of course there’s nothing stopping you from simply switching off. But for me, Inver struck a fine balance, when others may go too far.

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