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Gardening Tips for Autumn

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jul 26, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Everyone that enters Eriska will see the gardens and admire them. So we asked our Gardener, Dougie for some top tips.

As we approach the autumn/winter season, what can our guests expect to see here at Eriska?

Deer, Badgers, Pine Martins, Geese, Otter and Seals. Trees changing colour to amazing autumn tintsAutumn_sho_of_eriska

What three key pieces of advice would you give Eriska guests looking after their garden?
1. Regularly Dead­Head Annual and Perennial Flowers, this will encourage more flowers to be produced.

2. Remove large weeds from your borders using a border fork and use dry sunny day to hoe the smaller weeds

3. Look out for greenfly infestations on your roses in the warmer weather, apply insecticide at first sign of attack

For those interested in being outdoors and nature, what are your ‘must visit’ spots on Eriska?

Shell Point: Amazing views of the sand of mull with seals and a huge range of seabirds including Sea Eagles.

Otter Point:­ Views of Lismore and Loch Linnhe, with Otters and Seals.

The View Point: 360 degree views of Appin, Lismore and Benderloch


Topics: Eriska, Island

Gym Life

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jul 24, 2015 11:32:40 AM

There is a lot to love and hate about a gym, some people look at a gym like a 3 year old looks at a climbing frame, others look at it with a terrifying look for shock or displacement. For the gym goer who is new and terrified I have found it is about their knowledge of the body and equipment that can be the end of any fitness goal or health mission.  Following our developments at the spa we have introduced new equipment to ease our guests into gym life.

You can surf the net or catch up on your favourite TV or radio, it also provides endless programmes for a light jog to training for a Marathon or a Tough Mudder Tournament. I would usually direct our guests to our fantastic running routes around the island but unfortunately for the summer we are having our guests are choosing to stay inside. I then introduce them to my favourite gadget, on our treadmill you can jog, run or sprint on any road or path around the world, whether it be in the USA, Africa , Australia or even on the Isle of Eriska- you choose your path. 


Topics: Spa, activities

An Environmental Life

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jul 20, 2015 10:02:21 AM

Within the Isle of Eriska we try to use only the purest of ingredients and help the environment when we can. We have now been shortlisted in the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Award.

Within our bar we use the freshest products as garnish and ingredients and strive to make sure that everything that reaches your glasses is of the finest quality.

Our Head Chef, Ross Stovold has been working hard to ensure that al his ingredients are sourced either from our own gardens or as locally as possible. That is not only within our Michelin Starred Dining Room but also in our newly refurbished Deck Restaurant.



Topics: 5 star retreat scotland, Ross Stovold

Eriska Summer

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jul 5, 2015 4:23:54 PM

Whilst everyone else is enjoying the heat wave down south, at Eriska we have the joys of 'light' showers and 'wee' breezes. Although we have been predicted the warmth to reach us soon.

Even when it is Scottish Summer with us, we still have plenty of family activities for everyone to enjoy. From the fire being lit for Granny and Granddad, an indoor swimming pool for the children and the Stables Spa for mum and dad.

The Spa just introducing the new ishga products into their treatments, the deck restaurant newly opening and the hotel restaurant gaining its Michelin Star. Eriska is the place on the West Coast to celebrate any occassion or simply a family getaway to relax from the stress of work and school.

So for availaility please do not hesitate to contact s on 01631 720 371 or email us on office@eriska-hotel.co.ukBridge

Topics: 5 star retreat scotland

Discover Ishga with our Stables Spa

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Jul 1, 2015 5:25:48 PM

We are delighted to introduce ishga products at the spa. Here at the spa we wanted to create an atmosphere toIshga-1 truly link your mind, body and soul to the island and the sea, while delivering unique Scottish experiences. We can provide you with the setting, facilities and now the products to discover the link and release your inner wellbeing.

The Stables Spa, set in the former stables building and accessed by a path through the Spa Garden, offers five treatment rooms, three to connect you to the natural land, plants and wood, and two connecting you to the cleansing sea and tranquil shores that surrounds you.

So who is Ishga? The name Ishga is derived from the Gaelic word for water. The Hebrides has some of the cleanest waters in the world Ishga sustainably hand harvest the seaweed to produce a 100% organic ingredient for the Skincare range. Ishga and Stables Spa believe that the seaweed content in the products is higher than any other Seaweed brands on the market. Scientific tests have shown that Hebridean seaweed contains natural anti-oxidants that have anti-ageing properties which help protect the skin. ishga products work on every skin type by harnessing the potent powers of the finest Scottish seaweed. Believing that the products can really make a positive difference to the health and appearance of your skin.


We have worked with ishga to create treatments to infuse the mind allowing your body to be lifted with every cleansing breath, combined with natural products. From treatment to taste we will be offering a morish Scottish and spa cuisine served in our Deck Restaurant. During the month of July discover our new releases and offerings as they arrive.

Topics: spa treatments scotland

Independence Day

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 28, 2015 10:21:43 PM

At the Isle of Eriska we are an independent company. Just like back in 1776 the United States became and independent company.
Within the island we have our own quirky ways of doing things.
Although we are part of Relais and Chateaux and Michelin, we do still proud ourselves on being privately owned and independant from any other corporation. Eriska has been open for over 40 years now and remains to be striving from one positive to another.

The biggest difference between us and most remote luxury hotels, is the fact that we are located on an island, connected by a bridge to the mainland. 



At the end of last year we opened up our Hilltop Reserves, designed by Mozolowski and Murray which are yet to be found anywhere else within Scotland. 


Also at the end of last year our Hotel Restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star, being one of fifteen which can be found throughout Scotland.


Shortly after recieving our Michelin Star, we started rejuvinating the Stables Spa, which is now complete and ready with a new treatment menu on the way.

Topics: 5 star retreat scotland, Best Hotels in Scotland, #eriska40years

Tennis at Eriska

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 21, 2015 10:16:31 AM

Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world with people in their millions tune in or visit the events. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open (Roland Garros) and the US Open.

One of the most memorable French Open championships came to a close last Sunday with a fitting finale against Stan Warwinka and Novak Djokovic (world number one) with a stunning victory for the underdog.

Wimbledon is the only Major still played on grass, the game's original surface, which gave the game its original name of "lawn tennis". With Wimbledon just round the corner starting 29th June visit Isle of Eriska to practice your game, with our indoor Sports Facility open daily between 8am and 8pm you can book the court by the hour from just £15

After working up an appetite stop off at the Deck Restaurant for a refreshing and delicious plate of Strawberries and Cream and a glass of Prosecco. 


Topics: spa treatments scotland

Father's Day Special

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 11, 2015 12:58:13 PM

Father’s Day is now known all over the world and it’s not just fathers that receive cards and gifts but also grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers or any other person who commands the position of a father in their life. 

This Father's Day celebrate in style at Stables Spa and Deck Restaurant.  Show your appreciation, and spend quality time together, while enjoying the breathtaking views of Eriska. We can create vouchers for any of our experiences but this father’s day we are offering an  incredible package.


Golf, Rasul and Lunch for £45.00 per person.

The Eriska Links Golf course began life in 1994 and has now evolved into a 6 hole course. The ethos behind the course is for it to melt and immerse into the landscape, with this the course naturally follows the West Coast of the island making this a gem of a course. It has its quirky challenges for the experienced players but also a thrilling game for beginners.

During a Rasul Mud Experience, once you are comfortable with your private chamber, you will apply our finest mineral mud to your face and body before a gentle steam begins to fill the room. Relaxing on the heated loungers and letting the mud and steam gently detox and de-stress you, beneath a twinkling starry sky you will feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. The ritual finishes with a soft, warm tropical rain shower that removes the mud leaving your skin incredibly soft and smooth.


The Deck Restaurant flooded by natural light, combines contemporary design with breath-taking views. Along with the views the menu on offer is Scottish and moreish, from ‘Our Own Home Smoked Salmon’ and ‘Butter Linguine’ to ‘Eriska Fish and Chips’ with local beers and beverages to match, The Deck is open all year round and is the perfect spot for our residents and non-residents to meet for morning coffee, late lunch or early evening dinner, with dining available from 12.30pm until last orders at 7.30pm. Offer includes a £10 food allocation.

Topics: spa treatments scotland

How Will You Treat The Special Old Man?

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 7, 2015 6:53:19 PM

Throughout life there is one man who will always stand by you, always make you smile, wipe away those tears and deal with those hormonal teenage years. He will never moan at having to pick you up when you need a lift or taking you out for dinner every once in a while. Your father will care for you from the moment you come into this world.


So how will you treat your father this father's day? Enjoying a walk in the Scottish sun, take him out for lunch in our Deck Restaurant, treat him to dinner in our Michelin Starred Restaurant? Many different options on the Isle of Eriska. Now that we have opened up our Deck Restaurant to non-residents as well as residents, everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate how much their dad has done for them over the years.


We have men's treatments in our Stables Spa, why not treat him to a Spa day at the Isle of Eriska whilst you enjoy treatments yourself. 

To check availability on how to spoil your old man, call us on 01631 720 371 or email us on office@eriska-hotel.co.uk

Topics: 5 star retreat scotland

Aromatherapy Awareness Week

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 4, 2015 9:08:12 AM

We have illnesses we can over power and others we have to live with, body and mind. If we are unwell or down we tend to visit the doctor and we are provided with toxins and potions which we have trust in. Aromatherapy as a medicine has been around for many of thousands of years dating back to 2000 BC but it wasn’t until the late 1800s when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burned himself and used Lavender essence to heal his burns. All around the world we have specialists and natural remedies that are created from the earth and have no chemicals infusion, for some this is a last resort but nowadays with the world of wellness ever growing and wellbeing thriving it is becoming more of a go to.


Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, extracted from plants. It reacts with our bodies smell sensors, which is linked to the deepest parts of the brain which holds the trigger to our senses, memories and emotions, have you ever been emotional or some even hyper after an Aromatherapy treatment?  The benefits of using Aromatherapy oil is to improve our wellbeing from our skin's overall appearance and texture to our physical and emotional states. The essential oils are made up of very small molecules so they have the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of the blood, skin and body tissue, releasing muscular aches and sinus congestion, the oils also help to improving circulation, optimising the skin’s cellular renewal process. They help to combat our problem areas like acne, eczema and the skin natural aging. All essential oils are anti-bacterial and some believed to be anti-viral.

We use Essential oils in many of our treatments and we believe in the benefits they have, so whatever your body and mind needs or if you want to be transported to that special memory come and take the journey with us.


Holistic Total Body Care

This all-encompassing treatment commences with full body skin brushing and exfoliation to prepare the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. This is the followed by a deep body and scalp massage using a blend of essential oils chosen to suit individual requirements. This truly holistic experience will bring harmony to both mind and body.

Aromatherapy Facial

Suitable for all skins, this deep cleansing, relaxing aromatherapy facial, purifies, refines and hydrates. Specific active aromatherapy products are combined with acupressure massage, lymph drainage and Oriental Head Massage to leave the mind clear and the skin radiant and moisturised.

Aromatherapy Body Massage

Experience the benefits of massage and individually chosen essential oils in one of the finest anti-stress treatments available. This complete scalp and body massage focuses on acupressure points, helping to strengthen the nervous system, thus restoring lost energy.


Topics: spa treatments scotland, Stress Awareness