Accommodation Oban

The Barn @ Cologin – Scottish Pub of the Year 2014 and 2015

Call us on 01631 564618

The Barn is at the rustic heart of Cologin and it is so much more than just a pub. Describing the Barn’s unique ambience is not easy – suffice to say that once you’ve been you will return! The Barn is run for us by Mary Macleod. Mary was born on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides and she has been head chef at the Barn for several years. As an islander Mary understands the importance of supporting local supplies and using local produce and during the main season The Barn serves homemade, wholesome lunches and evening meals with blackboard specials including local seafish and shellfish specials as Oban is the Seafood Capital of Scotland.

The Barn is proud to have retained our VisitScotland ‘Taste our Best’ quality award for the Scottish provenance of our ingredients. Good local food is very important; so too is the Barn’s unique atmosphere with its original slate cattle stalls, real ales and great whisky collection, friendly staff and local musicians (who play regularly throughout the year). The Barn has won many well-deserved awards and citations over the years and you’ll find the pub mentioned in the most discerning guide books including ‘CAMRA’, ‘Scotland’s Best Kept Secrets’, ‘Scotland The Best’, the Herald Newspaper ‘Good Pub Grub’ guide and the ‘Good Beer Guide. The Barn Bar is the 2014  Scottish Pub of the Year for the North West region 2015 Scottish Gourmet Pub of the Year and the CAMRA Scottish Pub of the Year for Argyll – a huge honour for a wee rural pub and testament to the hardwork and commitment of all the staff. This year (2016) we were finalists in the Dram Awards for Best Pet Friendly Pub in Scotland and we are regional finalists in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards for Friendliest Pub or Bar in Scotland!

Locals from Lerags and other nearby farming villages are loyal Barn patrons. Many have become firm friends with Cologin regulars over the years and they are a great source of local knowledge and information. If you’re not sure what to do and where to go someone in the Barn will point you in the right direction! The Barn Bar was chosen as one of Scotland’s ‘A Story to Tell’ pubs because of our connection with Mick Jagger and other celebrity guests. Just ask a local at the bar to tell you the full story!

Main Season: (Easter – 1st September)

  • Bar open 11am – 11pm daily
  • Late opening Friday, Saturday
  • Food service noon to 9pm

Shoulder Season: (2nd September – 30th October)

  • Bar open 4pm to 11pm daily
  • Late opening Friday, Saturday
  • Food service from 5pm to 9pm
  • Food service from noon to 9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Winter Season: (November – Easter)

  • Not open weekdays.
  • Bar open 4pm to 11pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Food service from 5pm to 9pm
  • Private functions available on request
  • Festive Holiday Season:
    • Bar open daily 4pm to 11pm
    • Food service 5pm to 9pm
    • Christmas Lunch – 2pm
    • Hogmanay dinner – 7pm
    • 3am bar licence Hogmanay

The Barn Bar will close on Tuesday 3rd January until Friday 27th January 2017.

  • Covered Beer Garden – with extra side panels and outside stove for winter!
  • Children’s Licence – under 14s can come in with their parents until 8pm each evening for a meal.
  • Pets Welcome – on a lead please.
  • Weans’ Mains (children’s menu)
  • Taste our Award
  • Wi-fi access – FREE
  • Hog Roast – call for details
  • Sunday Sessionslive music


“Another great page in my life has been printed and will be remembered for ever. Val and I could still hear the bagpipes in our ears halfway across the Atlantic.” Jock and Val, Canada

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From left to right - Mary Macleod her son Donnie Macleod and owners Jim and Linda Battison

Receiving our first WIN at the Scottish Food Awards in 2014. We won again the following year!

Finalists this year!

HITA Winners logo finaIist 2014



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