As you drive through wild and dramatic scenery and across the wooden bridge, you are drawn further and further into a magical world where the landscape is untamed and nature takes a powerful hold over you.
The Isle of Eriska Hotel in Oban is a 5 star property that hides among a backdrop made up of windswept beaches, imposing mountains, and woodland; an exceptional place that is truly one of a kind. It’s no surprise that it part of the much esteemed Relais & Chateaux. Located at the estuary of Loch Creran, a Special Area Conservation, the hotel is set within a 350 acre estate where the landscape has been untouched and left to form organically.
From the exterior, the hotel emulates a stately castle, whilst inside there is an air of country house charm. Oak panelling, roaring fires and a huge gallery staircase add certain grandeur, yet there remains a feeling of intimacy. There is certainly no stuffiness here, the atmosphere is laid back and friendly, so everyone feels welcome.
There are several types of accommodation on this exclusive island so depending on whether guests want to socialise with other guests or enjoy a much more private escape, there is something to suit. Spa suites with private hot tubs and decking, hillside retreats, hotel bedrooms and a three bedroom cottage are all available on the island.
With so much spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife, such as Highland cattle, grey seals, badgers and otters, this is undoubtedly a place where guests can get back to nature and nourish the soul. But there is so much more to do here if you prefer to stay indoors. The fabulous spa is currently being expanded with new treatment rooms and huge floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise the magnificent views, bringing the outdoors inside. Stretching along the rugged coastline, the hotel’s golf course also lets you capture the most breathtaking panoramas.
The restaurant at the Isle of Eriska Hotel combines contemporary with traditional and has earned itself 3 AA rosettes for its incredible food. The Farmhouse Cheese Trolley has become quite a talking point, and guests can request cheese and wine pairing for the perfect end to their meal.
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