Airds Hotel & Restaurant
Port Appin, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Set among some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery, The Airds near Oban is a small Relais & Chateaux hotel that simply oozes romance. Exquisite food, gorgeous rooms and truly personalized service make The Airds a simply amazing Scottish coastal hideaway.
At a Glance
The ultimate romantic retreat on Scotland's West Coast
Inspiring natural surroundings and stunning views
One of Scotland's finest restaurants with notable seafood
Welcoming atmosphere and superb personalized service
Fabulous range of outdoor activities from walking and cycling to boat trips and wildlife viewing
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Airds Hotel & Restaurant is a small country-house hotel of just eleven rooms, magnificently set overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains in peaceful Port Appin on Scotland’s West Coast. As an intimate luxury refuge to escape to and forget about the modern world, we think there is nowhere finer, and when you add the fabulous restaurant overlooking the loch, stylishly smart rooms, and attentive but unobtrusive service, it becomes absolute heaven. And those views! No wonder it is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux.
In the mid-eighteenth century, The Airds started out as an inn for passengers taking the paddle steamer to the Caledonian Canal. Today its modest whitewashed exterior gives few clues to the treasures you’ll discover inside. Glowing log fires, freshly cut flowers, beautiful wallpaper and sofas a-plenty create a wonderfully inviting ambience, perfect for cozying up with a tea (or something a little stronger) and either burying yourself in a good book or hatching plans together.
The Airds’ eight en-suite bedrooms and three suites are all unique in style and have a fresh contemporary feel with warm colors and smart fabrics, along with all the requisite technology. Over half of them come with inspiring views of Loch Linnhe, and bathrooms in most cases are marble with bathrobes and luxurious Bulgari toiletries. There is also a two bedroom self-catering cottage in the grounds ideal for families or for those who prefer a little more privacy and independence.
Thoughtful touches from the complimentary whisky mac and newspaper each morning to in-room spa treatments and a DVD player so that you can borrow a movie from the front desk and curl up in bed to watch the latest blockbuster are typical of the spoiling hospitality you’ll receive at The Airds.
Food is a central part of your stay, and the award-winning restaurant, which has prime time summer sunset views out across the loch towards the Morvern Mountains, serves up outstanding contemporary Scottish cuisine, imaginatively and delicately conjuring up dishes that feature seasonal local produce of impeccable provenance: wild halibut, hand-dived scallops, succulent grouse and venison. After dinner, repair to the Whisky Bar and enjoy a taste journey through the selection of exceptional single malts. Outside, there's a garden where you can enjoy afternoon tea or a game of croquet on the lawn with those same scintillating views.
With such beautiful scenery all around the hotel, there is no shortage of activities available to guests of The Airds. Walking and cycling are two of the most popular activities, with fantastic cycle routes and walking paths starting right outside the hotel, but there’s so much else to do. If history is your thing, then visits to Castle Stalker and brooding Glencoe are musts, and for the ultimate day excursion, why not fly from Oban by light plane to beautiful Islay to taste rare island malt whiskies in the place of their birth?
Oban is the local town and is worthy of a visit. It also acts as the ferry terminal for many of the Hebridean islands, including Mull, which is well worth a day trip. On the sea, you can take a boat to the holy island of Iona; marvel at the extraordinary geology of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa; go sea kayaking or looking for dolphins, killer whales and puffins; cross the world’s third largest whirlpool in a jet-boat; and take a RIB out to the magical inner Hebridean island of Colonsay. Whatever you do, you’ll come back to The Airds secure in the knowledge that you will be extremely well looked after.
Eleven individual and inviting bedrooms and suites are found in The Airds Hotel, each offers a comfortable, country-style and boutique base from which to explore the west coast of Scotland and the highlands. All rooms feature designer fabrics and furnishings, whisky mac, bathrobes and slippers and Bulgari toiletries. There are also satellite televisions in each room, DVD players and access to over 100 films, iPod docks, WiFi and all are en-suite with elegant marble bathrooms. There are three room categories and three suite categories at The Airds.
|Classic Double Room||
There are two Classic Double Rooms at The Airds, Room 2 has an en-suite shower and is located on the first floor. This room also has a queen size bed.
Room 14 has a smaller size double but the most incredible views of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains from its second floor location. Accessed via a small staircase this intimate room has a bath and shower.
|Small Superior Room||
Both Small Superior Rooms offer queen size beds and baths with overhead showers. Room 12 is located on the second floor and boasts possibly the best views at the hotel of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains.
Superior Rooms benefit from king size beds which can be arranged as twin beds if needed. Bathrooms include baths and showers and Room 24 is located on the ground floor for ease of access. Two of these rooms have impressive views of the loch and mountains and two face the rear of the property but benefit from a little more space. One of these rooms also has a private balcony, great for catching sun in the summer months.
This suite is generous in size, features a king size bed (can be converted to twin beds), private patio for dining if you wish and separate walk-in shower with body jets and bath. There is also a TV in the bathroom here.
The largest room, the Master Suite has a separate lounge and bedroom. An optional sofa bed which can sleep two is available in the lounge in addition to the king size bed in the main bedroom. The suite also has its own balcony with great views and the bathroom has a bath, walk-in shower with body jets, twin sinks and a television.
|Loch View Suite||
With stunning loch and mountain views this suite has a separate intimate lounge area with sofa bed for extra guests to be accommodated. Within the suite there is a king size bed (can be arranged at twin beds), televisions in the bedroom and living room and an elegant bathroom with walk-in shower, bath and twin basins.
The cottage can sleep up to four people and is a great option for more independence and space. The cottage has its own garden and the interior is open plan with a contemporary feel. One of the bedrooms features a king size bed which can be converted to twin beds and another bedroom is set up with twin beds. The bathroom in the cottage has a bath and walk-in shower as well as underfloor heating. There is a television in the lounge, french doors to the garden, modern fitted kitchen with all modern conveniences for self catering and a dining area that can seat up to six guests. However there is also the option for breakfast and/or dinner in the restaurant to be included.
A great base for a family vacation, The Airds have many activities suitable for all ages. Both suites have a sofa bed and many rooms can accommodate an extra bed or cot. Children under eight years old are not allowed in the restaurant for dinner, but high tea is offered, or the family can dine in the conservatory. Babysitting can be arranged when prior notice is provided. There is also the option of the two-bedroom cottage.
The restaurant is one of the best in Scotland, an award winning venue offering a seasonal menu, seven course tasting menu, wine evenings, light lunches, full afternoon tea and romantic candle-lit dining. Guests can dine in the lounges, garden or conservatory, casual dress is acceptable during the day and smart attire (jacket and tie for gentlemen not insisted upon) in the evening. In-room treatments including massages, aromatherapy and reflexology are available through their expert practitioner.
From the hotel it is possible to explore the Highlands of Scotland and the inner Herbridean Islands including Mull and Skye. There are many potential day trips and the hotel can arrange boat trips, whale, whirlpool and wildlife watching, scenic flights, horse-riding, golf, rock climbing, scuba diving, canoeing, guided tours and mountain biking. The Island of Lismore is directly opposite the hotel and is just a 5-minute ferry journey, there is also The Jacobite Steam Train which can take you on a particularly scenic journey from Fort William to Mallaig.
Location & Directions
Port Appin, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
The Airds is located in Port Appin overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Morvern Mountains on the west coast of Scotland.
When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.