We’re pretty much obsessed with the shellfish that thrives in the sparkling waters off Arisaig. It is therefore our promise that when you’re eating at Arisaig Shellfish Shack, you can rest assured that you are eating shellfish that has been sustainably and ethically fished and landed right here in Arisaig or Mallaig.
Petra B is a particularly special boat to the Shack team because the boat is named after Paula’s oldest daughter and skippered by Petra’s father, Jamie Baillie. Jamie, together with Ross Martin of Daimh Music, creel catch our brown crabs and land in Arisaig most days. Petra B is moored down the Rhu Road at Camus an Tallen.
The Traveller is skippered by Nick Foster (some of you might remember his fisherman father Rob). Nick moors his boat next to Petra B at Camus an Tallen and throughout 2022 he’s going to keep us stocked up with creel caught langoustines, squat lobsters and fresh mackerel (for our only non-shellfish fish dish!).
The Little Red Boat or Quiet Waters is skippered by Sandy Mathers who creel catches our lobsters off the Small Isles. The boat is moored on the Isle of Muck (10 miles west of Arisaig), but the lobsters are landed in Arisaig courtesy of Arisaig Marine’s passenger ferry, the MV Sheerwater.
Loch nan Uamh is not just famed for the evacuation of a certain Bonnie Prince Charlie; it’s also home to the most plump and delicious mussels known to mankind! Ian Mackinnon rope grows his mussels in the most sustainable of ways in the crystal clear waters of Loch nan Uamh.
The Caralisa lands our ginormous langoustines over in Mallaig most days and it’s a real family affair for these guys. The boat is skippered by Aaron and Ewan Maclean and once landed, the catch is weighed and delivered to local restaurants (and the Shack) by parents Willie-John and Alison.
The Shack isn’t all shellfish, shellfish, shellfish! We couldn’t possibly serve up delicious West Highland shellfish with mediocre bread. That would be a travesty!
Arisaig Bread Shed
Chris & Audrey Bradford of Arisaig Bread Shed bake the most delicious bread, which has been specially formulated to be the perfect carby companion for our crustaceans!
Baked daily and delivered to the Shack every morning, we sell Arisaig Bread Shed sourdough baguettes, sea salt focaccia and a delightful array of sweet and savoury pastries.
Our sandwich bread was designed to compliment the shellfish fillings.
Every great sandwich should be followed up with an equally great cake! Sophie Kingswood is our cake baker of choice with her super tasty brownies, cupcakes and tray bakes.
“First visit and definitely it won’t be last! The lobster was to die for, so fresh and tasty. Filled rolls were huge and delicious. Paula and the staff were welcoming, thank you all!!”
Daniela Vilardo Sutherland