There are many reasons why I love Argyll. One of the things that make me come back again and again, is that the region really embraces its vegan locals and visitors. I recently got to spend a night at Kingsreach B&B, a vegan bed & breakfast near Kilmartin in the Heart of Argyll. Read on and be inspired to plan a vegan weekend getaway to Kilmartin Glen yourself!
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Scottish food and culture do not necessarily have the kind of reputation that makes a lot of vegans say, “Hey, sounds like the ideal place for a plant-based foodie trip!”
But behold, travelling Scotland as a vegan has never been easier. There are so many mouthwatering eateries preparing creative vegan cuisine. You could spend weeks stuffing your face and filling your belly all over the country. Including some vegan hotels and B&Bs!
In this post, you can read about my personal experience of staying at Kingreach B&B in Kilmartin Glen, a fully vegan bed & breakfast in one of my favourite regions in Scotland. Read on for:
- my review of the B&B and the food,
- where to eat in the wider area,
- and what to do nearby to fill your weekend itinerary!
Kingsreach Vegan B&B in Kilmartin Glen
Kingsreach B&B is located in the hamlet of Bridgend near the bottom of Kilmartin Glen, approximately 5 minutes drive from Kilmartin village in the north or Lochgilphead, the nearest town, in the south.
From the house, you can overlook the glen and the prominent hill of Dunadd Fort. This Iron Age fortress that used to be the centre of the Gaelic Kingdom of Dalriada in the 6th and 7th century. Today, it makes for a fantastic site and there is nothing quite like seeing the sunset behind it from the comfort of your room at the B&B.
As you will see from the list of things to do in the immediate and wider areas, Kingsreach B&B is ideally located to explore a variety of destinations around Argyll and the Isles. You will find tons of options within driving distance.
The Rooms & Facilities
Kingsreach B&B has two rooms in the main house – a double and a twin room – as well as two semi-detached self-catering cottages in the back.
The rooms have en-suite facilities and comfy sitting areas. There is also a small lounge area with couches and a fridge for guest use on the hallway between them. The beds are comfy and equipped with down-free bedding. In the bathrooms, you can find plastic-free items for a guilt-free trip – and maybe some inspiration for your own home.
The cottages offer space to 4 people each (families welcome). Both have an open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area, two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen (incl. dishwasher and washing machine) and a bathroom with a shower over the bath.
Cyclists can store their bikes overnight in the garage and there is plenty of parking in front of the house and cottages. Unfortunately, the B&B cannot accommodate dogs because it is surrounded by fields of sheep.
Your hosts Sean and Sara live in the main house and are there for you if you have any questions. They are the loveliest people who have fallen in love with Scotland back in 2014 and have since turned the dream of their own vegan business into reality.
They are keen advocates for the vegan lifestyle. They try to push the movement forward in this rural area of Scotland but never leave the old traditions and heritage of the area out of sight. It is refreshing to have conversations about veganism and change with such down to earth people who understand that changing the mindsets of people is a long-term project. In the meantime, they provide fantastic advice and are fostering great relationships with vegan(-friendly) businesses in the Heart of Argyll and beyond.
Sean and Sara provide a wonderful vegan breakfast experience. The continental buffet boasts multiple kinds of plant milk, juices, yoghurts, cereal, jam, fruit and homemade bread. Sara also prepares some home-baked goodies – in my case: mini cinnamon rolls!
Guest can choose from a cooked breakfast menu which includes fluffy pancakes, scrambled tofu, chia pudding, overnight oats, a sausage bagel and a vegan BLT muffin with vegan bacon, lettuce and tomato.
If you are heading out for a jam-packed day to explore the area, ask for a vegan lunch pack to keep your energy levels up.
Kingsreach B&B does not offer dinner, but Sara and Sean have tons of recommendations for vegan-friendly eateries in the area. You can either ask them directly or find their favourites in the guest map in your room.
I followed their recommendation and had a lovely dinner at the Cairnbaan Hotel which overlooks the scenic Crinan Canal. It is just a 5-minute drive from the B&B.
Other places on their list are the Kilmartin Museum Cafe which always has veggie and vegan options, Tayvallich Cafe which overlooks the picturesque harbour of Tayvallich, Stonefield Castle Hotel for special occasions (pre-booking essential for vegan options), Wild Rowan Cafe along the shore of Loch Awe and Catchacarrot vegan pop-up cafe which opens over the summer at Craignish village hall.
Why book a vegan getaway?
You don’t have to be vegan to stay at Kingsreach B&B – everyone is welcome!
If you are vegan yourself, you will know that there is nothing quite like walking into a restaurant or an accommodation that fully understands what you need as a vegan traveller.
If veganism is new to you – be curious and give it a try. Vegan food and culture are on the rise. If you want to do something good for the planet and your body, learning how to cut out animal products from your meals (every now and then) and your bathroom can help immensely to make little changes. I promise you will love the food!
Things to do near Kingsreach B&B
Since Kingsreach B&B is located in Kilmartin Glen, make sure you head over to my post about things to do in Kilmartin Glen.
Among my absolute highlights in this region are the historic sites and monuments at your doorstep. The standing stones and stone circles at Temple Wood, the Iron Age fortress on top of Dunadd Hill, the artistically carved Kilmartin Gravestones and the incredibly rich Kilmartin Museum.
The Heart of Argyll and beyond have so much more to offer – from unique nature reserves and panoramic hillside-views to castles, wildlife trails and attractions like Crinan Canal or Arduaine Gardens. There are many companies offering boat trips, endless options for road trips to tour the region and SO MUCH MORE!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Kingsreach B&B. Sean and Sara welcomed me with open arms and proofed to be invaluable sources of local knowledge and interesting stories.
Whether you are vegan or not, I promise you will find a second home at their lovely bed & breakfast in Kilmartin Glen!
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