view south at sunset from Ulva

The Boathouse

This is our licensed tea-room where you can eat delicious home cooked food, buy hot or cold drinks and choose from a range of specialities (such as our own oysters, marinated salmon etc.) based on locally available ingredients. In fact you can just have a cup of tea or you can have a three course meal at any time from 9am to about 4.30pm. We also have a range of fine quality wines (no spirits) to complement your choice from the varied menu.

The Boathouse is run by Emma Mckie and Rebecca Munro and it is their dedication to high quality local produce that led to the Boathouse being crowned  Scottish Winner of the Market Garden “Local Food Heroes” competition in 2009.

There is a strong emphasis on using the best Scottish ingredients, and sourcing them as close to home as they can. They believe in free range, home grown, and most importantly sustainable produce. The menu is well supplied by local family members with a constant supply of Ulva Soriby Bay oysters, grown and harvested on the island, locally caught shellfish including prawns, brown crab, lobsters and squat lobsters. Fish is sourced from another family boat, fishing out of Tobermory, ranging from dover sole to monkfish.

Find out more about the wonderful food on offer at the Boathouse on their website.

Ulva’s newest building may also be its oldest – its fabric is literally torn from the past. No one knows how far back its origins as a ferry shed may go. In 1880 when the Ferryman’s house, then an inn, and eight buildings nearby burned, the Boathouse may have simply lost its thatch. There wouldn’t have been that much else to burn. So, although the ferryman’s house was built sometime after 1880, we know little about the age of the old shed.

In 1989 it was transformed. The old fireplace was retained, but otherwise, it was gutted. Flotsam and jetsam accumulated over decades was turfed out, along with a broody hen and a gaggle of geese, to make room for the sparkling new tea-room.