It’s been forty years since Loch Fyne started selling their oysters from a shed beside the A83. You can help them celebrate this weekend.
Located at the head of eponymous loch in Argyll, Loch Fyne began as a modest operation way back in 1978.
That was the year that local landowner Johnny Noble and marine biologist Andy Lane registered their oyster farming business.
Today Loch Fyne sells 2.5 million oysters a year, as well as 400 tonnes of mussels and nearly 1,000 tonnes of smoked salmon.
Loch Fyne: exported all over the world
Its seafood is exported all over the world and is on the menus of first class airline cabins, luxury hotels and Formula One racing events.
This weekend the company is marking its 40th anniversary with a special Fyne at Forty festival.
A highlight of the festival will be the oyster farm tours. Guests will be able to visit parts of the operation which are normally out of bounds to the public.
These include the oyster sheds where each oyster is graded, purified and hand-checked for freshness before being despatched.
Of course, there will also be chef demonstrations; craft and art stalls plus a Loch Fyne merchandise stall and whisky, smoked salmon and wine tastings.
If you fancy your chances against some of Scotland’s best shuckers you can take part in the oyster shucking competition.
We recommend that you do this before enjoying the Fyne ales available in the entertainment marquee. The Camans, Malleus, Declan Hegarty, Mid Argyll Pipe Band and Whiterose will be laying down the top tunes.
Face painting and a magician will put a smile on the fizzogs of the young ‘uns while street food from Loch Fyne and Winston Churchill Venison will keep hunger pangs at bay.
Tour Ardkinglas House – home of Loch Fyne founder Johnny Noble
There will also be Champagne tours of nearby historic Ardkinglas House, the home of Loch Fyne founder the late Johnny Noble.
All of the above will take place from 11am to 4pm on the Saturday and 5pm on the Sunday.
In the evenings, there are more ticketed events including a ceilidh and a fireworks display.
On the Saturday night, Hue and Cry will perform an acoustic set with just piano and vocals in the Loch Fyne Oysters restaurant. The audience of 140 will also enjoy a seafood buffet.
Day tickets and evening event tickets are available from here.