Our Go-To Place in Fort William: Crannog

We had been to Crannog before, and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, great service, and fabulous seafood, so during our last visit to town we made sure that we had a reservation.

The restaurant sits on a wood and steel platform above the waters of the Loch Linnhe and has a lovely, rustic vibe of upmarket log cabin, despite no shortage in modern amenities. After short deliberation we decided to go for two of the three specials of the day. Ms B opted for mackerel pate (£6.85) and a whole sea bass (£26.65), I chose crab timbale for starters (£8.95) and pork belly with scallops and blood pudding as main (£26.50).

It was a very busy evening, so the starters took a fairly long time to arrive, but we didn’t mind too much, chatting about the plans we had to climb Ben Nevis the following day and sipping our white wine (175ml for £5.60) and cider (500ml for £4.50).


The mackerel pate tasted delicious, even though nothing too out of the ordinary. The crab timbale was pleasant.

The mains arrived shortly after the starter plates had been collected from our table. Ms B enjoyed her pretty sizeable sea bass. My dish turned out to be rather substantial too, despite the fact that the pork belly and the blood pudding were tiny: five giant scallops with off-spring (roe). As expected, the three ingredients went very well together (they always do) and were nicely complemented by the coleslaw.


We’ll be back again next time we’re in town. 3.5 out of 5.

Looking for more restaurant reviews? Check out our posts about Ichiran, Tokyo, Drake Eatery, Sydney, Moriki, Frankfurt, and two-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London.

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    1. Thank you, Lannie. Fort William is definitely always worth a visit. Climbing the British Isles tallest mountain, walking along the Loch, or doing day trips to nearby Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, or Glencoe.

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