Isle of Eriska Hotel

Oban, West coast Scotland, United Kingdom

At a Glance

  • Located on a private island in West Scotland, the surrounding waters are teeming with wildlife

  • Choose from a fantastic range of activities such as mountain biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting and sea kayaking

  • Dine in the michelin-starred restaurant with excellent locally-sourced cuisine

  • The two-bedroom cottages ideal for families and for couples, opt for a spa suite with private hot tub

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

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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Insider's View

Save room for the Farmhouse Cheese Trolley for a selection of Scottish cheese that is epic.

During the summer make sure to head down to the shore and try to catch sight of the seals that sometimes hang out here.

 There is a covered clay shooting area so that you can still have fun even in variable Scottish weather. 

Take a boat ride over to the nearby Isle of Mull using the hotel’s private boat.

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Isle of Eriska Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Highlands Islands of Scotland

Description

The Isle of Eriska Hotel is located on a private island at the mouth of Loch Linnhe in Western Scotland. Evoking an air of exclusivity, the hotel is surrounded by stunning nature and wildlife, with a vast array of outdoor pursuits and activities on offer.

Surrounded by mountains and water there is plenty to do and see here both on and off the island. The Hotel itself features a 9-hole golf course, spa and leisure facilities, clay pigeon shooting, archery and much more. The area surrounding the hotel is renowned for its wildlife with seals, dolphins and puffin colonies often found nearby.  

The Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant is not to be missed, where sumptuous gourmet meals are complemented by fine wines and completed with the hotel’s famous cheese trolley! For a more relaxed atmosphere, head to The Deck, featuring beautiful views over the golf course, loch and mountains beyond.

After exploring the plethora of country pursuits on offer, the Stables Spa is the perfect place to relax, featuring a luxury thermal suite with sauna, steam room and indoor pool. As well as the spa there is also a sports center offering plenty to keep everyone occupied on rainy days including a squash court, tennis, bowling and football as well as a fully-equipped gym which has great views out over the loch.

With 300 acres to explore, the Isle of Eriska is the perfect place to enjoy the great Scottish outdoors with a variety of nature walks available- reception will be happy to provide you with a map so you can explore by yourself, otherwise you can set out with a nature guide. Alternatively, try your hand at one of the many activities on offer including falconry, sea kayaking, archery, pony trekking, mountain biking, croquet or fishing!

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Accommodation

There are 25 rooms, including five suites. The rooms in the main house are slightly more traditional split into Deluxe Rooms which are slightly larger and are at the front of the hotel, whilst the Standard Rooms face to the East. Many of the rooms have sofas and armchairs. The bathrooms contain Molton Brown toiletries.

Two Bedroom Garden Cottage

Beyond the main house in the surrounding gardens lie the Two Bedroom Cottage Suites. These offer more privacy and seclusion but not at the expense of service or style as they also offer 24 hour room service and all other facilities.

Deluxe Room

There are 17 guest rooms in the main house at the Isle of Eriska Hotel. These are classified as Deluxe Rooms, which are spacious and inviting and located towards the front of the house. All rooms are highly appointed and equipped and are all named after Scottish islands. The large bathrooms are also equipped with both a shower and a spacious bathtub.

Spa Suites

The Spa suites are located away from the main building of the hotel, next to the spa and feature a private hot tub.

Childcare

Children are welcome at the Isle of Eriska and most rooms can accommodate an extras bed where a child under 8 can stay free of charge. Babysitting can be arranged and high tea is also available for children wishing to dine either in the Deck restaurant or fine dining restaurant. Children are permitted to use the indoor swimming pool between 10am and 5pm when accompanied by an adult.

Facilities

Despite having a small number of rooms the facilities at the Isle of Eriska are endless with 2 restaurants, a spa and leisure center with indoor pool, badmington and squash courts and a fitness center.

Activities

The choice of activities available at Isle of Eriska is endless with a golf, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, axe throwing, pony trekking, mountain biking, fishing and sea kayaking all available on site.

Reviews

5

Sierra Obermark (Staff)

Crossing the bridge over Loch Creran to get to Isle of Eriska solidifies the feeling of luxury and seculsion. What more could you want from your vacation than to have the run of an entire island? A great place to get to know the Scottish Lochs and Isles first-hand, the hotel offers many an opportunity to explore the island, participate in traditional activities, and boat through the Loch to other nearby isles and towns. The hotel itself calls to the inner royal in us all, with the four poster beds, luxurious dining spaces, and warming fireplaces. A great spot to view local wildlife like seals and deer, this hotel is a beautiful destination unlike any other.

4

Haile Brant (Staff)

On the west coast of Scotland lies a 300 acre island featuring incredible views of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountain range. Take some time to walk around the island and spot the wildlife that inhibits the area, from highland cattle, otters playing in the surrounding sea and countless species of birds. With just 34 bedrooms, this hotel is still intimate while offering plenty of amenities the entire family can enjoy. Activities range from golf to clay pigeon shooting or head out for a tour of a local whiskey distillery. Should you be interested in a more relaxing activity, head to the spa facilities here. Book a treatment with Ishga seaweed, a local natural gem that does wonders for circulation (I can say from personal experience). At the end of each day, head over to the hotel restaurant to enjoy some incredibly crafted food ranging from a celebration of the local seafood to farm fresh produce! During summer, head out to the deck, a fabulous place to soak up the sun while enjoying some casual Scottish fare.

5

(Press)

Who goes?

Devotees including Dame Judi Dench; grandparents, parents and children for vacations together; couples celebrating anniversaries; American tourists; anyone

wanting to get away from it all.

Location

An entire private island connected to the mainland by a wonderfully rumbly old bridge. Theres a nine-hole golf course and a leisure center for rainy days. But above all, theres the Isle of Eriska with its seals and otters and its dreamlike views.

Style/Character

If the Big House is a reminder of a more expansive and confident era, the experience of staying here is very much like being in a grand old- fashioned private home, with its panelled great hall and roaring log fires. You can browse through the books with a malt whisky in hand; or you can play the piano: this is one hotel where you may just dare do such a thing, so relaxed and at home will you feel.

Service

The sweet Asian waitress who described the farmhouse cheeses on the trolley (and knew her stuff) was busy bed- making the next morning all hands to the pump here. The service is always professional, but never forced.

Rooms

The bedrooms have been redecorated in a successful and smart, if slightly formulaic, mix of contemporary and traditional. Main house rooms are preferable to spa rooms.

Food and drink

Dinner (the menu changes daily) is served in the recently redecorated dining room and adjoining conservatory. Afterwards guests gather for an Eriska exclusive: badgers feeding from brown bread and skimmed milk right in front of them on the terrace.

Value for money

Its a lot, but how could they do it for less?

Family-friendly?

Yes.

Experiences

  • Archery at the Isle of Eriska

    Learn the skills of Archery with a private lesson with an expert Archer on the beautiful grounds of the Isle of Eriska. Archery is a fun activity that dates back hundreds of years and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

  • Clay Pigeon shooting

    Whether you are a novice or a crack shot, a morning or afternoon spent clay pigeon shooting is an exhilarating pursuit that can safely be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight years old.

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amid a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor center can be explored at your leisure.

  • Explore Mull with a local wildlife guide

    Mull is known for its wild, windswept landscapes and rich variety of birdlife, many of which you should spot as you spend a day touring the island with a private guide.

  • 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.

  • Highland Games

    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.

  • Hogwarts Express

    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.

  • Inveraray Castle private guided tour

    Inveraray Castle is a breath-taking castle and a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, featuring towering turrets and enchanting interiors set against a beautiful Highland backdrop of Loch Fyne.

  • 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.

  • Private Cruise on Loch Lomond

    Cruise across the moody waters of Loch Lomond on a luxury private motorboat and uncover the history of this beautiful body of water.

  • 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 West Coast of Scotland is Europe's sea kayaking capital, and its fabulous wildlife and inspiring scenery make sea kayaking here a fabulous adventure activity for the whole family.

  • Urquhart Castle

    Magnificently positioned above Loch Ness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle has stood for well over a thousand years. Visiting Urquhart Castle offers superlative views and a fascinating history from St Columba to the seventeenth century when it was blown up.

  • 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.

Vacation Ideas

  • Highlights of Scotland and Ireland

    Dublin, Co. Galway, Edinburgh, Loch Creran

    from $8200 pp 11 nights

    • Combine the highlights of Scotland and Ireland
    • Enjoy private guided walking tours of Dublin and Edinburgh
    • Stay in a magnificent castle hotel on Ireland’s emerald West Coast
  • Scotland for Families

    Edinburgh, Isle of Eriska & Gleneagles

    from $8600 pp 7 nights

    • Ideal for families with children aged 6 and up
    • Enjoy fun-filled activities as a family trying your hand at archery, falconry and even ferret handling!
    • Visit the rolling glens of Perthshire and a stay at the iconic Gleneagles hotel

Location & directions

Oban, West coast Scotland, United Kingdom

The Isle of Eriska is located in the west of Scotland and within easy access of Oban. Enjoying views over Loch Linnhe and the Morvern Mountains, the hotel is situated at the mouth of Loch Creran. Glasgow is just over 2 and a half hours by car and Edinburgh can be reached in just over 3 hours.

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