With the leaves on the trees already starting to turn and the estate team warming up the rakes, it is clear that the Summer will soon come to an end and give way to Autumn on the Island. One of the natural beauties of living where we are, is that each season is differnt and each has its own traits. The Autumn season is rich in activities and offers beautiful landscape over the loch and the mountains, whilst still offering plenty of daylight to explore and investigate.
So, if you thought there was nothing to do on the Isle of Eriska during Autumn, I will give you my 10 bests reasons to change your mind and to enjoy this stunning season. Trust me, you will be not disappointed ...
1. Enjoy the beautiful Eriska landscape with Autumnal colors
From the Michelin restaurant conservatory or from the Deck restaurant and its panoramic views, enjoy the beautiful landscape and discover Eriska with orange, reds and yellow shades. Eriska contains a diversity of fauna and flora, that is why each season in Eriska offers something special. Let the magic of the nature do the job, and enjoy it!
2. Practice shooting game with Duaine at the best time of the year
Scotland is very famous for the shooting games practice. On the west coast of Scotland, game season starts on 12th August and carries on through until the end of October. Paul and his team in our Michelin restaurant kitchen, use a great deal of game in the Autumn. Grouse, Phesant, Partridge, Woodcock, Snipe, Mallard and Mountain Hare are among the range of game you can find on our Michelin menu during this time of the year.
The kitchen has its own game suppliers in order to be sure to serve the best products available for our guests. Among them, you will find Kennedys Butchers, Braehead Foods ( North of Glasgow) or Glenfinnan Estate (North of Fort William).
If you'd like the opportunity to acclimatize to local customs, do not hesitate to book a Clay Pigeon Shooting session directly at our reception on arrival. Clay Pigeon Shooting is available between 10:30 and 15:00 Monday to Saturday and is located near the pier, a five minute walk from the hotel. We will provide you with cartridges, a 12 bore shot gun and ear defenders. Duaine will meet you at the boat shed just before the pier and help improve your shot!
3. Relax in the Stables Spa between two rides along the Eriska road
We harvest ingredients from the flourishing island and capture the nutrients of the sea to nourish your body, mind and soul. Delivering unique Scottish experiences the Stables Spa provides you with a setting to refresh, regenerate and release your inner wellbeing.
Our natural products Ishga and ESPA have been chosen to create refreshing treatments, to infuse the mind, allowing your body to be cleansed with every breath harmonising you with the island.
Our Spa is open daily for Treatments and Spa Day Packages from 10.30am until 5pm. Please contact the spa on +44 (0) 1631 720802 or email email@example.com to book your appointments. And to feel the Stables Spa emotions, click on this link !
4. Practice golf on our 6 hole course overlooking the loch and the mountains
You can be lucky and witness sunny seasonal autumnal weather and if so, why not discover our 6 golf course available on Eriska, just in front of the Stables Spa?
Our Golf Course and Driving Range is open to non-residents as well as our residents from 8am until 8pm seven days a week. All ages and abilites are welcome to play the course and use the driving range.
No need to book in advance, turn up and pay to play! Enjoy stunning views as you make your way around our golf course or if you simply want to check your swing, then why not visit the driving range and practice area. Golf clubs and golf trolleys are available to hire from our Stables Reception.
To have a better impression about what you expect, discover our golf video click on this link!
5. Discover our indoor sports hall and enjoy a spot of tennis, badminton, bowls or even football
You may however not be so lucky with the sunshine but that does not mean you can't run for shelter in our indoor sports hall which is open all year round, available for a whole host of activities and functions. Sports equipment can be hired from our Spa Reception at a nominal cost.
As mentioned earlier, The Isle of Eriska offers a rich diversity of fauna and flora at all times of the year. Throughout the Autumn you can ride along the main road or go to the forest areas near to Heronry, Sutherlands Grove or Fearnoch, and discover delicious mushroom; ceps, hedgehogs, yellow chanterelles and angels wings. If you find them, do not hesitate to show them to our kitchen team, to be sure they are safe, and the kitchen will be delighted to tell you more about them and can adapt your dinner menu to include them.
6. Explore the Island and discover mushrooms and wild berries along the Eriska road
If you prefer dessert and sweet, discover the wild berries hidden in the Island. Eriska is producing lots of berries at the minute with brambles, rowan berries, wild raspberries and even wild cherries.
7. Discover the new tasting menu included the best Autumnal products
In the Michelin restaurant, the tasting menu changes each month and depends of the products available, taking into account seasonal products and the location in order to offer the best scottish products for our guests.
The ideal main course of the Autumnal tasting menu could include grouse served with garden red cabbage, salted baked celeriac and Island berries.
To match with this dish, our Sommelier, Eduardo, advises our guests to taste a Classic Rhone which blends and combines the same flavour profile. They both share richness, intensity of aromas and definitely the important touch of earthiness and gaminess. To other experiences, Bordeaux wines and Italian wines may also match perfectly with other Games!
Dinner is served from 7:30pm to 9.00 pm in the formal restaurant, the restaurant can become busy at times and we advise our guests to pre-book a preferred dining time as soon as possible by phoning 01631 720371. The attire in the restaurant is Casual Smart. For more information and experiences, click on this link to feel the emotions about the dishes cooked by Chef Paul Leonard and his team!
8. Help collect the autumnal vegeatables in Eriska private garden with our gardener Dougie
In the garden of our Stables Spa, discover the Eriska garden which produces throughout the year local vegetables and herbs, maintained by our Gardener Dougie. All year round, our Michelin restaurant kitchen is directly supplied from the garden. If you are going to the Stables Spa, stop in the garden and discover the autumnal vegeatables: Cabbages and Brassica plants, Carrots, Potatoes, Squashes, Turnips, Sweeds and Parsnips. Do not hesitate to ask Dougie if you have any questions, he will be delighted to introduce his job and offer you a hose to help!.
9. Enjoy and discover our autumnal cocktails in the Bar near to our fireplace
After a long journey or an arduous mountain trek, why not relax in the Isle of Eriska bar, near to the fireplace, and discover our new Autumnal cocktail? The classic Eriska recipes still remain a mystery - preciously held by our Sommelier Eduardo, but expect you to find a combination with Scottish Whisky and bramble, all decorated with wild berries...
10. Taste the perfect autumnal wines selected by our Sommelier Eduardo in the bar or during your dinner
Before or during your dinner, choose your favorite wine among our extensive wine list available througout the year. And if the choice is too difficult, our Sommelier Eduardo presents you our Autumnal wine selection:
- Red wine: A supper classic red Crozes-Hermitage from the Rhone Valley which offer a lot read and black fruit flavours, spiciness coming from the Syrah grape variety and a very settled touch of earthy gaminess with complement the dish perfectly.
- White wine: A rich and oily Chardonnay from either Australia, America or Burgundy. This wine will offer a great creamy texture which will cope with the meatiness. This wine will most likely be quite oaky which will bring an element of spiciness to this wine which would also be a lovely flavour to complement our Autumn mushroom.
These are just a few reasons why I enjoy Eriska during this season, and perhaps some of them will give you inspiration to visit and spend an unique stay in the Isle of Eriska during Autumn. If you need more help planning a visit, please do not hesitate from asking any of our team and we will put on my thinking cap again!