Garafad, Staffin.

The Columba 1400 Café can offer diners everything they want – top quality food, a warm atmosphere and sweeping views from their table looking towards the Trotternish Ridge.

The attractive white-washed traditional looking Columba 1400 building is sited in central Staffin on the site of the old Church of Scotland Glebe ground and opened its doors in 2000.

It is perched just above the Kilmartin River, an historic Thomas Telford Bridge and the Staffin War Memorial. From almost every spot in the café the Columba Centre offers a commanding look out to the Ridge, which includes the famous Quiraing, Hill of the Red Fox and the Old Man of Storr and is the longest in-land cliff in the UK.

Columba 1400 is an award-winning social enterprise and charity which welcomes young people, and parents, teachers and carers, from all over the UK, and abroad to develop confidence and leadership building skills. Its work has been lauded by the Scottish Government and HRH The Princess Royal is the Columba 1400 Patron.

The Columba Café is the first on the left as you enter the main door. The café has light streaming in from the plethora of windows and there is an open oval space above the diners’ heads with a second level.

Table service is provided in the ambient space by the friendly staff and there is an extensive menu providing everything from soups, snacks, lunches to evening meals which are enjoyed by locals, students and visitors.

Head chef Alex Matheson and his team also prepare homemade baking. A scone with jam or cream and a coffee or tea in the outside terrace while you bask in the sunshine, or light drizzle is a fine way to spend an afternoon. Each day there is a fresh specials menu which is displayed on the café wall.

Lunch Menu, available 11.30am – 3.30pm

A sample of what’s on offer…    full menu here: Lunch menu

  • Soup of the Day, served with croutons and our own homemade  bread £3.95
  • Cullen Skink creamy Scottish chowder made from smokes haddock served with homemade bread £6.75
  • Columban Open Sandwich (v) with sun-dried tomatoes, olive and mozzarella £6.75
  • Smoked Salmon with a zesty dill mayo served with Scottish oatcakes (gluten free oatcakes available) £6.75
  • Sweet Potato Corn Cakes with lime and chilli mayo (vegan mayo available) £6.95

Lite Bites, all dishes served with salad garnish & pickled slaw

  • Toasties on Bloomer Bread (various fillings) £6.25
  • Baked Potato ( various fillings) £6.25
  • Wraps (various fillings) £6.25 

Columban Favorites, all served with fries, salad garnish and pickled slaw

  • Beef Burger: 100% Aberdeen Angus £8.50
  • Chicken Burger: three strips of southern fried chicken £8.50
  • Quirang Burger (Vegan):  our mountain burger topped with vegan cheese and mayo on a brioche style bun £8.95
  • Salon Burger, a salmon and lime burger topped with a zesty citrus mayo £8.95

Cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, onion rings, pineapple etc available for extra 50p

Plus, lots more including Salad Bowls (peppered mackerel, goats cheese, roast chicken, etc etc); our comprehensive children’s menu and desserts.

Evening Menu … from 5pm-8pm 

A sample of dishes, full menu here: Evening Menu

  • Cearc Dubh, butterfly chicken breast with Stornoway black pudding served with a peppercorn sauce, crisp salad, potatoes or fries £12.50
  • Sirloin Steak, served with a brandy and peppercorn sauce or garlic butter, tomato, mushroom and fries £16.50
  • Traditional or Vegetation Scottish Haggis, Neeps and Tatties: with a creamy whisky and mustard sauce £12.25 

Eating your meal and soaking up the views, at all times of the year, from the café, is a big attraction for customers. There is free public Wifi and the café is fully licensed including ales from the Uig-based Skye Brewery.

After your meal why not take the stairs to the gallery above the café and learn more about the history of the site and interesting photographs from the local community. The café is a popular attraction for local people and often used for functions such as birthdays, retirement dinners etc. There is a footpath from the café which takes you through Garafad common grazing down to the Staffin Beach where you can search for the famous dinosaur footprints.

Visitors staying in Staffin in self-catering or B&B accommodation also make their way to the Columba and contribute to the lively and welcoming atmosphere.

Don’t just take our word for it though. Have a read of the glowing reviews of the Columba Café on TripAdvisor:

Opening times: March to October, Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm. Winter; shorter opening hours, please check website or phone ahead.

Directions: from Portree, the cafe is 17 miles north from Portree on the main A855 road and is well-sign posted. Take a right before crossing the Kilmartin River bridge in the 40mph section of road. From Uig, the cafe is only 9 miles away over the spectacular single-track Bealach/Quiraing road. Turn right at the Brogaig junction as you descend from the Quiraing and the cafe is approximately one north, turning left after passing the bridge.

Contact details: phone the Columba cafe on 01478 611407; e-mail or write to Columba 1400 Centre, Garafad, Staffin, Isle of Skye IV51 9JX

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Further information about Columba 1400 and its work can be found at: