Accommodation Oban

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

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 for the North West region 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.

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: Bar and Restaurant open DAILY from 11am, March to October. Throughout October we are open daily from 4pm and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a late licence at the weekends.  
  • Winter: Bar and restaurant open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter (November-March). Food served all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. *Please note our winter licence is ‘demand led’ and it is always worth checking our winter opening hours before you travel/book as it can vary and we will open for large groups as required.
  • Daily opening from 4pm throughout the Festive period (except Xmas Day – open for pre-booked Christmas lunch only).
  • 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.
  • Well behaved pets welcome on a lead please and under close control! Treats and water available. (Please note, there is a limit to how many dogs we can have in the pub at any one time and badly behaved animals will be asked to leave!)
  • Weans’ Mains (children’s menu)
  • Taste our Best Blackboard specials – local produce, fresh shellfish etc
  • Wi-fi access – FREE
  • Hog Roast – perfect for large groups (minimum 50 plated, maximum 100 on buns) and private functions. We also cater for weddings.
  • Special dietary needs catered for (subject to prior notice)
  • Sunday Sessionslive music with local musicians – open to all so if you can sing or play please join in (from 4pm ish)
  • Challenge 25 policy – if you are lucky enough to look under 25 we are required by law to ask you for proof of age!

If you would like to guarantee a table for dinner please contact The Barn direct on 01631 564618.  At quieter times of the year it’s normally possible to make arrangements on arrival and during the week you should be able to keep your table beyond 90 minutes as long as it is not re-booked. During weekends, (even in the winter) if you want to be sure of a table please remember to book in advance.

We are a rural country pub and in the winter our hours can vary so please check before you book if you want to be sure that the Barn is open for dinner.

We also welcome private functions and large group bookings for dinner all year round and will open up for a private function during the winter. In the winter we also offer themed dinner, bed and brunch packages – St Andrew’s Night, Burn’s Night and our Xmas Parties are always popular – so do ask for details.

The Barn can also be contacted by email via the main office email

“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!

If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are 18 or over when you buy alcohol.

If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are 18 or over when you buy alcohol.



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