My husband booked up this Guest House online since we were catching the mid morning ferry to Islay. From the outset of booking Kirsten was more than helpful, from emailing us back to make sure that we had the correct Tarbert to suggesting we might wish to book a table in their restaurant (Scotts) since they are open to be public and do get busy.
Her husband was waiting for us to arrive which I thought excellent since we had only specified that we would arrive somewhere between 2pm and 4pm since we didn't know how long it would take us to drive through Glasgow given that the Commonwealth Games were about to start. He showed us to our room, (Jura) and explained about the breakfast menu card. The room was spotless and very comfortable with a gorgeous view over the harbour and had an ensuite.
After spending a couple of hours wandering around Tarbert we went back for our evening meal in the restaurant. The food was excellent and Kirsten's service was superb. I had the Scallops and Chorizo with pasta and whilst I did see that someone else did not rate it I can honestly say that mine tasted delicious. The only thing I will mention and this is just my personal preference and in no way reflects on their food is that, had I know when we booked our table that their menu was Italian based we might have not booked and gone to one of the other local places since whilst I am on the west coast of Scotland I love tasting as much local seafood as I can. This is in no way a criticism of their menu in any way since I thoroughly enjoyed my meal but I can get Italian based meals where I stay anytime. I will add that they were fully booked that night and given the other places that do meals this does say a great deal about their food.
We ordered the full Scottish breakfast the night before since Kirsten had told us that the ferry terminal was only a 15 minute drive away from Tarbert and we would have plenty of time to get there, which we did. The breakfast was gorgeous and yes, whilst we did pay extra for it it was well worth it. I notice that this is a growing trend now for establishments to charge extra for a full Scottish breakfast and to be honest I really don't have a problem with this. If you go abroad all you will get is the Continental breakfast. What Kirsten and her husband set out for the continental breakfast was gorgeous and well worth it and the full Scottish was well worth the extra money.
Would I stay here again? Oh yes. Would I recommend it to other travellers? Most certainly. To be honest the only downside that they have is that there is no off street parking. You have to park on the main road. That to be honest is the worst thing I have to say about this establishment.
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- Struan House Tarbert, Scotland