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October Eriska's Top Six

Posted by Robyn Craig on Oct 1, 2015 2:29:00 PM

          Autumn Sunrise

West Coast in October 

As we welcome October to Eriska, we're fortunate to have had the sun following us this week with some incredible sunsets our guests have loved. Our thoughts now draw to autumn's cooling weather with bracken yellowing, misty hills and wood smoke over the moors and glens.

The autumn season on the West Coast of Scotland is a buzz of activity and visitors are treated the to the weather and wildlife unfolding along the island shores.


Eriska's Top 6 West Coast October tips:

 1. Incredible dark skies  - As the nights creep in, the skies come alive on the west coast offering incredible dark skies especially on the Islands - perfect for starting the stargazing seasons.

2. The Battle begins – The Deer rutting season begins fierce battles for breeding rights. Listen out and you ight be lucky enough to hear the roaring and clash of antlers can be heard across the land.
3. October Adrenaline – Isle of Mull Car Rally - Mull becomes a hive of activity         for an adrenaline packed weekend where drivers from all over Britain compete in seven stages and several courses.
4. Thermal warmers – Eriska Steam room and Sauna is perfect for warming the   body and soul after brisk walks under the golden canopies and cooling shores around the island.
5. Relax, Restore and Revive – Designed to induce a sense of peace and tranquillity, our relaxation room encourages your mind to drift over the shores while immersing your body in the Spa warmth.
6. Organic treats – Using natural products is a must, Eriska spa products from Ishga and ESPA harvest the finest natural products to rejuvenate the skin.


There’s something suitable for the ladies, gentlemen and couples throughout the year and we welcome all our guests to enjoy everything the West Coast of Scotland has to offer this October.


The Stables Spa I Michelin Starred Restaurant I Eriska Hotel




Topics: Spa

Prolong your summer glow this September with our Skin Radiance Facial…

Posted by Amanda McKenzie on Sep 11, 2015 1:59:02 PM

We are delighted to introduce our new Skin Radiance Facial, created by EPSA.

A brush cleanse, followed by an Enzyme exfoliation containing botanical extracts and Pumpkin Enzymes deeply exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, followed by a soothing massage using iced Rose Quartz Crystals to help cool and calm, revealing an ultra-smooth, glowing complexion. A special application of ESPA Skin Radiance Moisturiser, rich in natural AHAs and BHAs from Hawaiian Algae and Meadowsweet, helps to smooth, reduce irregular pigmentation and brighten the skin to deliver instant results.

Reveal a brighter, firmer and radiantly youthful-looking complex. We have also included the Skin Radiance Facial into one of our packages to bring you a world of wellbeing and relaxation.


Skin Radiance Facial

£85.00 per person for 90 minutes.

This powerful and highly effective natural facial peel dramatically soothes, softens and evens skin tone. A facial brush cleanse, followed by an intense Enzyme Peel containing botanical extracts and Pumpkin Enzymes deeply exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, followed by a soothing massage using Rose Quartz Crystals to help cool and calm, revealing an ultra-smooth, glowing complexion.


Discover ESPA Spa Package

£230 per person for 4 hours

Discover the wonders of ESPA with a Facial designed to meet your skin’s requirements to create a glowing burst of radiance. A body treatment to ultimately relax you while your therapist revives your skin and to finish with our Spa Manicure or Spa Pedicure to leave you polished and thriving.


Skin Radiance Facial

Total Body Care with Hot Stones

Spa Manicure or Spa Pedicure

Allocation of £10 to Lunch in the Deck Restaurant

Topics: Spa

As Autumn Arrives

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Aug 30, 2015 6:00:00 PM

As the 'summer' draws to a close our days begin to get shorter and our moods tend to sway. The way to get out of this? A weekend break at Eriska!


Why Eriska of all places? Well, where else can you escape to the peace and quiet of an Island with the only distraction being our Stables Spa, Michelin Starred food and wildlife?



Eriska is a family run hotel that has been in operation for over 40 years. So why not come with your family to create memories at a traditional Scottish hotel located in one of the most scenic areas of the world!

We look forward to welcoming you to Eriska!


For further information either call us on 01631 720 371 or email us on office@eriska-hotel.co.uk

Topics: Eriska, Food, scenery, Spa

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

How will you be spoiling your mum this Mother's Day?

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Feb 22, 2015 6:02:00 PM

Sunday 15th March 2015 marks Mother's Day here in the U.K. 

Possibly the toughest job in the world is being a mum, so taking that one day out a year to truly celebrate how great your mum is and give her the pampering treatment she deserves, we feel is so important. 

So whether you are looking to spend some quality time with your mum, or give her a present you know she'll love, let us help you out here at the Isle of Eriska...


Book in to enjoy afternoon tea on Eriska

Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, delicious homemade shortbread, a variety of cakes and homemade scones, jam and clotted cream in the comfort of our main house here at Eriska from £15 per person. Or make it that extra bit special with our Champagne afternoon tea - £25.00 per person. Booking necessary.

Mother & Daughter Spa Days 

Opt for a mother and daughter day with one of our Spa Day Packages and experience our recently refurbished Spa and Spa facilities complete with indoor swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and mud rasual room. Visit our Spa section to find out more about our Spa Day Packages and Treatments available. Booking necessary.

Dinner in our Michelin Star RestaurantEriska_Food_-_Ross_Stovold

Treat your mum to a dinner to remember in our michelin star, fine dining restaurant on the Isle of Eriska. Our team look forward to welcoming you, however we recommend that you book your table as soon as possible to avoid disappointment - 01631 720371.

Would you like to give your mum the option to choose? 

Our Eriska Experience Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift to give your mum the freedom to choose just how she would like to experience Eriska. Simply visit our Gift Voucher page, or alternatively call us on 01631 720371.





However you decide to spend Mother's Day, we hope your mum has a wonderful day! 


Topics: ESPA spa, Spa, michelin star, mother's day

Seaweed: The New Skincare Superfood

Posted by Bertie Badger on Jun 5, 2014 9:47:00 PM

In recent years, the want to replace artificial products from our day to day life has skyrocketed. People, more now than ever, are more health conscious and want to know what products they are washing into their hair, moisturising their face with and consuming in their food.

It’s becoming more and more common to find your conditioners, face creams and soaps filled with coconuts, almonds and aloe vera from the exotic corners of the world. Healthy snacks and drinks too are filled with colourful ingredients, full of vitamins and nutrients that are good for both internal and external health.

It may be a surprise to some that there is a good alternative right on your doorstep. Though not as glamorous, the use of seaweed in skincare products and in the kitchen is starting to show a certain popularity for the tremendous benefits it offers.

Seaweed in Skincare

Ishga Seaweed

Seaweed is also used frequently for many body wraps that are help eliminate toxins and body tension. Though a company based in Scotland, called Ishga, have developed a full range of products using seaweed which is ideal for all skin types.

The seaweed used in Ishga products comes from the Hebridean Islands of Scotland. They contain high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols which help provide protection against environmental damage and leaving your skin looking healthier as a result.

This month, our Spa are offering a special one hour Ishga facial, using seaweed products and light massage to tighten and tone skin as well as stimulate blood and lymph circulation, leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Book your Seaweed Facial Now  

Seaweed in Food.

Though the very idea of eating seaweed may seem repulsive, you may be surprised to know that it is likely you have already eaten regularly in your lifetime. Carragheen gives a gelatinous substance when boiled, which is used in ice cream as well as vegetarian friendly jellies.

Though when we talk of the use of seaweed in food, we really do mean in its pure form! It is commonly used in Japan with Sushi and in miso soup, but with the western world becoming more adventurous with cuisine. Seaweeds such as Kelp are cropping up more and more, dried and powdered into a garnish that can be sprinkled over pizza, or used as a wrap for fish.

But it is the health benefits of eating seaweed that we really like to emphasise: while there are many different forms of seaweed that vary in mineral and vitamin content, all are high in dietary fibre, provides your daily dose of iodine and is almost as high in protein as other vegetables.

Topics: spa treatments scotland, Food, Spa, Ross Stovold, Seaweed, Ishga Seaweed, spa facial, superfood, seaweed in food

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 15th September

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Sep 15, 2013 10:20:00 AM

West Coast Weather - Isle of Eriska A rather wet morning at Isle of Eriska today! This week's West Coast Weather took us a bit by surprise with some really nice and sunny days - it was actually quite warm at the start, however as you can see above the autumn weather was just around the corner! But as they say, the glass is half full, not half empty - we are enjoying the beautiful autumn colours!   

Today: a cloudy start with outbreaks of rain, these heavy and driven along on strong to gale force south-westerly winds. It may become brighter with frequent blustery showers later in the day. Winds will continue going west to north-westerly but staying strong to gale force. Tonight: showers will continue overnight and these most frequent over Argyll and Kintyre. 

Monday: looks to become bright with blustery showers these mainly over Argyll where they will be wintry on the mountains. Staying windy with gales in the isles. 

Tuesday: is projected to be a bright day with showers and continuing strong winds.

Wednesday: looks promising with more sunshine and just a few showers and much lighter winds.

Thursday: is projected to cloud over again, with patchy rain. 

Friday: looks to offer heavy clouds, however it looks as if it may stay dry, which continues over night. 

Saturday: is projected to stay cloudy, but with patches of rain and slightly warmer temperatures compared to the other days in the week. 

describe the imageAutumn colours and strong winds, leave the umbrella and pack your best water proofs to enjoy the island and the beautiful colours Eriska has to offer! Have you had a day of hiking there is no better way to relax than to spend it in our sauna or steam room at the Stables Spa. Sauna's and steam rooms are known for their relaxation, and research also tells us that sauna's can help muscle spasms, seasonal affective disorders, and high stress levels. Coming to Eriska soon? If you are going for treatments in the spa, our therapists recommend using the steam room and sauna beforehand to open up the pores and relax the muscles, an easy way of getting even more out of your pampering and relaxation. 


Topics: isle of eriska, Eriska, weather, Spa, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather

Rain will spoil our holiday... Said no one ever at Isle of Eriska!

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Aug 17, 2013 4:28:00 PM

As you may have noticed staying on the west coast of Scotland, the weather changes fast and you may have not brought with you the clothes for it. Although we offer our guests wellies and do our weather blog every week, coming prepared to meet the rain isn't always good enough and one feel like doing most things indoor at least sheltered from wind and rain. 

As the weather might sometimes set a stopper to the outdoor activities in Scotland we thought we would give you some that could be enjoyed within the hotel and spa and some that could be enjoyed indoors if you have a day planned away from the hotel. 

At the hotel;

November Wine Weekend

describe the imageIf you have planned an autumn escape (when the weather is perhaps cold and wet) why not book in for the annual November Wine Weekend? The weekend evolve around tutored tastings in the hotel with amazing wines and beautifully prepared food. You would also get the opportunity to meet other keen diners and experiencing the ultimate way of obtaining new knowledge! The cost of the full weekend to include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast on two evenings, and the matched gastronomic dinner on the Saturday night is £400.00 per person. You can enquire about our Wine Weekend here. 



Spa & Relax

A Spa & relax day is recommended for Couples or the Mother & Daughter weekend. Our Treatment Programmes and Day Packages can be booked in advance and would the ultimate way to spend the day. Programmes range from 130 minutes to 200 minutes and includes a focus on total relaxation of the body and therapeutic detoxification. Arrive earlier to take advantage of our ozone indoor heated pool, sauna and steam room to relax your muscles before your treatments. A break is also incorporated where you can enjoy a spa inspired lunch together. 

The Library Bar

Library Bar - Isle of Eriska Hotel"It is amazing how relaxed one becomes when one enters the library bar with a newspaper and order a cup of coffee". Whether you want to catch up on the news, relax with your favourite book, or even pick up an unexplored book from our own library.. Our library has a lot of treasures for the eager reader. Spending the day inside with a book is something we all do too rarely and can be a very easy form of relaxation. Is the weather really challenging, take your book with you and enjoy the log fire in the main hall. We would personally recommend Treasure Island, Kidnapped, or Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson. 

Away for the day;

Although hidden from the rest of the world, Isle of Eriska is not too far away from local and regional attractions. We would recommend the following to make a day out of it, with no wellies or rain coats required;

In and around Oban

1st Stop: Oban’s War & Peace Museum   

Contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people.

Lunch: Ee-Usk

Sits on the water's edge in the very heart of Oban. Views over Oban Bay to Kerrera and the Mull and Morvern Hills are magnificent. Ee-Usk is regarded as one of the best seafood restaurants in the country

2nd Stop: Oban Distillery 

Right in the heart of Oban, nestling beneath the steep cliff that overlooks the town, one of Scotland's oldest sources of single malt scotch whisky is but a stone's throw from the sea. 

Outside Oban

Glencoe Visitor Centre & Ice Factor

glencoe visitor centreGlencoe is a magical place where true Highland Hospitality combines with world famous scenery, poignant history and some of the best things to see and do Scotland has to offer. And perhaps more recently has become known to some through the release of Skyfall. This daytrip may require a little packed snack. 

Glencoe Visitor Centre is a multi-award winning Visitor Centre and Building, encompassing a shop - with lots of interesting local products, a café - with fabulous home baking, an information point - including weather forecasts for climbers & walkers and advice on routes, a viewing platform, and an education room which often features additional exhibitions.

For the adventurous, Ice Factor offer rock and bouldering walls were designed following extensive consultation with the Mountaineering Council, a number of guides, instructors and mountain rescue teams. This ensures that whether you are a complete beginner looking to take your first steps on the rock, or a gnarly hard-core climber looking to push your grade, Ice Factor has a range of routes, grades and challenges to suit - and it is all inside!!

Late Lunch: The Creagan Inn


On the way back why not stop for a later lunch at the Creagan Inn? Built in 1740 (1745 was the year of the Jacobite rebellion) this lochside village inn is almost as old as the Kings Inn in Glencoe; the famous glen used in the James Bond film Skyfall. Enjoy bar meals, local seafood, real cask ales, malt whiskies and even cocktails; including of course the famous James Bond ‘Vesper’ Martini Cocktail


After a long day out, you can return to the hotel, have a relaxing dip in the Jacuzzi and a swim and get ready for a sumptuous dinner in our 3AA Rosette Restaurant.

The restaurant is also open to non residents and you can enquire about availability in advance here or by calling us on Tel: +44 (0)1631 720 371. 

Topics: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Eriska, Spa, West Coast Weather, Wine

Wraps and Essential Oils - Spa Season has come to Isle of Eriska

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Jun 18, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Isle of Eriska's 17m pool is ozone filtered and kept at about 30CThe Egyptians was perhaps the first to discover the potential of water and essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Remedial treatments and bath spas have been around for thousands of years, with well-being philosophies dating back as far 7000BC! 

As you may have read in our previous post; where otters thrive, the water resources are healthy for human and can be seen as critical indicators of our human condition. So what better place to have a spa? The otters come to Eriska to enjoy the healthy water, and we thought we would give you a good reason to invest in your health and wellness when you come to enjoy what Eriska offers so well.  

Espa treatment room  SMALLSpa season is here and Eriska tranquillity mixed with some fun activities really makes your body feel the love. 

I had a talk with our spa therapists this week. At Eriska our therapists focus upon providing you with what the body needs for the upcoming season when the sun poses its wear and tear on skin, hair and nails - the right treatment for the right season. They recommended the following to nourish and protect the skin: 

Salt and Oil Scrub 

This is exceptional skin softening body exfoliation combines sea salts, nourishing and essential oils to leave your skin moisturised, smooth and soft. A compact treatment with a dramatic result.

Detoxifying Algae Wrap

Is a therapeutic, balancing and detoxifying treatment which involves skin brushing, gentle exfoliation and algae in rich minerals and enzymes. Designed to ease away tension, helps boost the metabolism and speed up the elimination of toxins. Includes a full scalp treatment for total relaxation.

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.


Indoor Tennis Court at Isle of Eriska HotelA Tennis Match & Leg Reviver Massage

Or for the more sporty ones, why not take your girls or daughters to our indoor tennis court. There is nothing like a good match of tennis, to then go for a leg reviver massage, which is a truly traditional massage with regulated pressure, excellent for releasing tension in the legs. Stimulating effleurage and long, strong movements for effectively easing tired limbs.

As much as you need relaxation and pampering it is good to give yourself that little justification to then really joy relaxation before it is back to the one continuous contract: life. 

There are a range of spa & spa stay packages available, so why not have a look, maybe someone you know needs a bit of pampering? We all might as well pick up where the Egyptian's started. The well-being philosophy is here to stay. 


Book a Spa Treatment

Topics: Isle of Eriska Hotel, mother daughter day, Spa

Ten Activities on Eriska

Posted by Beppo Buchanan-Smith on Apr 25, 2013 10:05:00 PM

When you live somewhere it is often easy to forget how lucky we are with an endless plyground of activities and facilities to use.

But when a guest asks us for suggestions of how to amuse themseves we are never short of ideas.

Eriska caters for a wide range of activities offering complete relaxation to the most fast paced sporting activity to lure a wide-ranging audience. Here’s a quick guide to some of our top attractions:

1. Golf

Eriska Golf Course

Our 9-hole golf course is a top sporting island attraction regularly drawing in enthusiasts from all over the UK but with stunning views and challenging holes a few lost balls and wayward shots will not ruin your day!

2. Spa

Invigorate, energise, or relax at our ESPA spa facility that provides a full range of top-to-toe beauty therapies, ideal for those wishing to escape the realities of real life for a few days and be pampered by our trained professionals.

3. Swimming

Girl in pool at Eriska


 Our 17 metre indoor swimming pool is perfect for those seeking some  holiday fun. Wither you’re a more serious swimmer, or just want to  splash around with the family our pool is large enough to accommodate all


4. Sport Hall 

Eriska Sport HallOur sports hall houses a range of equipment to cater for a variety of indoor activities. With badminton, tennis, indoor bowls, table tennis, a putting green and five aside football, guests have the opportunity to fine tune their skill with some friendly competition.

5. Clay Pigeon Shooting

For those looking for something a little bit different, we offer the thrilling heart-pounding experience of clay pigeon shooting for those visitors with a keen eye and quick reactions from our expert tutor.


Unlike the cities and towns of Scotland, Eriska is a perfect location to enjoy the local night skies. There’s minimal light pollution and good sightlines to enjoy a clear view of the stars, planets and the occasional satellite casually passing by. On a really clear night you really do see it all

7. Nature trails

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 Eriska offers walkers and the photographers among us the perfect setting to explore and enjoy the local scenery and wildlife. Alternatively, for those wanting to burn off some energy through our island woodlands or venture further afield we have bicycles ready to hire

 8. Birdwatching

With over 100 different species of birds on the island, the early birds among our guests will be kept occupied looking out for some of our  favourites at their most active and vocal.

9. Boat Trips

Boat Trip Eriska

Absorb a spectacular seaview tour of our West Coast island and local marine wildlife and all departing from our own pier!

10. Fishing

Eriska and the surrounding Argyll coastline is the perfect location for some of the best secluded shore and sea fishing opportunities in Scotland.



Topics: wildlife, scenery, Spa