Posts for Crannog

Lochaber Seafood in Schools Workshop

Thursday 11th Jul 2013

Earlier this year Stewart MacLachlan, our very talented head chef, spent a day at Lochaber High School demonstrating some fantastic, simple seafood130502 Stewart's Demo dishes to local school children. The “Seafood in Schools” group activity was offered in an attempt to educate primary 7 children from all of our local schools along with the high school 1st year pupils about the variety and availability of seafood sourced locally here on the West Coast of Scotland.

The pupils were very interested in the practical aspect of the fish cookery demonstration. Most were brave enough to taste, some were very enthusiastic indeed and a few were aficionados!

Here is one recipe which Stewart produced in a matter of minutes – you could try it yourself at home and get the whole family to help:

Salmon pasta with parmesan cream

Scottish farmed salmon from Shetland

Serves: 2


400g penne pasta

300ml fish stock (cubes will do)

200ml double cream

250g fresh cubed Salmon

½ cup grated parmesan

50g chopped spinach

Sprig chopped dill


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and put in pasta
  • In a medium pot put in fish stock and cream
  • Bring to the boil for a minute and add the cubed salmon
  • Add parmesan and turn down to low heat
  • When the pasta is just about ready add chopped spinach and dill to the cream mix
  • Drain the pasta and also add this to the creamy Salmon mix
  • Stir a couple of times and serve

And there you have it – a very simple yet incredibly tasty and healthy meal for all the family to enjoy!

Let us know how you get on with the recipe by leaving a comment below – or email any photos of your culinary delights to us so we can share them on our blog and on our Facebook page!


School Summer Cruise

Monday 8th Jul 2013

With the school holidays well under way, every child in the area was excited about their end of term treat! The whole of Fort William Primary were lucky enough to climb aboard Souters Lass and take a Crannog Cruise. Down the loch the children had the opportunity to learn more about the salmon and mussel farms, as well as watch for wildlife and admire the views of Ben Nevis. They could even spot their own school from the water.

Headteacher Sue Commander at the helm!

Headteacher Sue Commander at the helm!

The cruise also marked the last week for their head teacher who is retiring at the end of term. Mrs Sue Commander has worked for 14 years as the lady in charge of Fort William Primary School. She will be enjoying a well-earned rest after so many years at the helm!

If you joined the Fort William Primary School cruise, let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below, or to find out more about our cruises visit our website.


Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Monday 8th Jul 2013

TripAdvisorWe are delighted to have received this prestigious award for Crannog Restaurant for 2013.

Thank you to all our guests for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor as this award is the result of consistently great reviews from people like you! We are delighted that so many of our guests are passionate about their food and have enjoyed Crannog Restaurant so much.

“5 Star Rating, 5 Star Experience”

‘This restaurant is as good as it gets: location to die for, cosy ambience, very attentive and pleasant staff and the food is the real deal. Seafood choice (and other choices) second to none and dishes virtually jumping from Loch to Plate! Original owner/management still retain the winning formula. Unmissable if visiting Fort William.’

Reviewed 15 June 2013

Leave a comment below with your Crannog experience, or follow this link to post a review or read previous reviews on TripAdvisor. We look forward to hearing from you!


Meet the Skippers from Crannog’s Cruise Boat, Souters Lass

Thursday 4th Jul 2013

The staff onboard our cruise boat are some of the friendliest, cheeriest team you could wish to meet. They are ready to welcome you aboard, ensure your safety and answer any questions you may have about our cruise and what you can see from the boat. The crew are led by one of our 3 qualified and knowledgeable skippers David Mackie, Jamie Ball and Brian Williamson:

David Mackie Skipper and wildlife expert, David, has worked skippering Souters Lass for the last 10 years. He is qualified with a Boat Master Tier 1 Level 2 with a General Passenger Endorsement. He can cope with everything from engine maintenance to identifying seabirds.
“I love being aboard Souters Lass. Once you leave the pier you can really start to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the sea”.

Jamie Ball Jamie Ball has been working with Crannog Cruises for most of his adult life! He started as a member of the crew and then became skipper at the age of 23. Jamie was involved in the early restoration of Souters Lass, enjoying tackling all maintenance issues. Although he now runs his own business, he still enjoys working part time onboard this historic vessel.

Brian Williamson Brain Williamson is a well-known local skipper who has been in charge of all kinds of boats, from traditional sailing boats to a huge 39 metre holiday barge and, of course, Souters Lass. He spends many months each year in Turkey where he heads during the winter to escape the snow of Fort William.


If you have any questions for any one of our skippers, please leave a comment below and they’ll get back to you. Alternatively, come and join one of our cruises which depart daily at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm and you can join them in the wheel house.

Evening cruises operate throughout July and August and depart at 7.30pm. Take a look at our website for more information or leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you!


Welcome to our very first blog post!

Thursday 4th Jul 2013

Thank you for visiting our blog.

Crannog Restaurant and CruisesHere we will keep you up to date with all that’s going on at Crannog Restaurant and Cruises. Please feel free to contribute with any comments and ideas to keep us up to speed.

The blog posts will vary and are likely to include information about the restaurant including our staff, latest menus, recipes from our chefs, seafood and a bit about our history. This, along with cruising topics such as wildlife, the Jacobite Steam Train, living in Fort William – the Outdoor Capital of the UK – and skippering Souters Lass, are ideas we have started to compile. There is plenty to blog about in relation to this family friendly all-weather activity.

We would be delighted for you to send us any photos, tell us any unusual sightings you have seen from Souters Lass or about the amazing food you’ve tasted in our restaurant.

To give us your suggestions or feedback you can leave a comment below or email us on


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