Ler­ags bar is cross­ing all paws in hope of se­cur­ing top dog ti­tle

The Oban Times - - News -

MAN’S best friend has two new wa­ter­ing holes to try in Ler­ags Glen and Craobh Haven.

The Barn bar, an ex- cat­tle byre, at Colo­gin, and the Lord of the Isles on the Craig­nish penin­sula, are vy­ing for the ti­tle Dog Friendly Bar of the Year next week.

The two Ar­gyll pubs face two other fi­nal­ists – the Ben Ne­vis in Glas­gow and the Steading in Ed­in­burgh – at the Scot­tish Bar and Pub Awards in the Glas­gow Hil­ton Ho­tel on Tues­day Au­gust 16, or­gan­ised by DRAM trade mag­a­zine.

Har­ris is­lan­der Mary Macleod, who runs The Barn bar, said: ‘I have two dogs my­self and it is very im­por­tant to let dogs in and treat them well.

‘Dogs are treated the same way as cus­tomers. Dogs can sit in the bar and out­side in our nice, big beer gar­den, and we make sure they have treats and a bowl of wa­ter.

‘It’s a coun­try pub so it needs to be dog friendly, as most of our cus­tomers have dogs. If they were not al­lowed it would def­i­nitely be detri­men­tal to our busi­ness. Very of­ten we recog­nise a cou­ple by the dog first.’

Is­lay’s Bal­ly­grant Inn is also up for Whisky Bar of the Year, and the Is­land Bar of the Year is be­ing fought over by Arran’s Drift Inn in Lam­lash, MacGochans in Tober­mory, The Old Inn at Car­bost, Skye, and the West­ford Inn on North Uist.

Above, Mary Macleod at The Barn with Cilla and Benji and, in­side at the bar, Naomi Bat­ti­son with Benji and Al­fie, and bar­maid Shona Wal­lace.

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