Airds Hotel & Restaurant
West coast Scotland, Highlands & Islands of Scotland, United Kingdom
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 personalised service
Fabulous range of outdoor activities from walking and cycling to boat trips and wildlife viewing
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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.
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Set among some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery, The Airds near Oban is a small Relais & Chateaux hotel with plenty of charm. Exquisite food, gorgeous rooms and truly personalised service make The Airds an amazing Scottish coastal hideaway.
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 cosying 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 colours 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 holiday, 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.
Glencoe Guided Walk
Lose yourself amongst the rugged, soaring mountains of Glencoe, their cragged valleys a mottled tapestry of earthy tones and spell bindingly serene beauty that belie its explosive origins and dramatic history.
The fun and spectacle of the Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral.
The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.
Isle of Mull Private Rib Boat
Step aboard your private RIB cruising the waters around Mull, popping into quaint fishing ports, passing beautiful landscapes and spotting seals, porpoise and seabirds.
Loch Ness cruise from Fort Augustus
Search for the mythical Loch Ness Monster during a cruise across the impressive loch. Take in the beautiful views as you cruise across the water, before landing at Urquhart Castle and exploring its ancient ruins.
Private Luxury Cruise on Loch Ness
Step aboard a luxury motor cruiser to enjoy an exclusive boat trip along Loch Ness. Your charming local hosts will regale you of stories of the loch and its many mysteries, as well as giving a delightful insight into the local life of Inverness.
Sacred Iona, Puffins & Fingal's Cave
This wonderful cruise takes you from Oban to explore the stunning holy island of Iona with its famous abbey, before continuing to see the spectacular basalt columns of Staffa, famous Fingal's Cave and, in season, a delightful puffin colony.
Sea Kayaking Adventure
The coast of Scotland features fabulous wildlife and inspiring scenery, making sea kayaking here a brilliant adventure activity for the whole family.
Stirling Castle & the Trossachs
Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the
crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.
Visit Castle Stalker
Castle Stalker, with its bewitching island setting against a dramatic mountain backdrop, has made it an icon of the Scottish Highlands. It is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses in western Scotland and a wonderful subject for photographers.
Location & directions
West coast Scotland, Highlands & Islands of Scotland, United Kingdom
The Airds is located in Port Appin overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Morvern Mountains on the west coast of Scotland.
How to get there
The Airds can easily be reached by road from Glasgow (2 hours 30 minutes) and Edinburgh (3 hours).
If coming by train, Connel Ferry station is the nearest, around 30 minutes away.
Alternatively, we can arrange a charter plane to Oban Airport and even a helicopter to land at the property if you would like to arrive in style.
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