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Easter in Oban - 27th March

Posted by Robyn Craig on Feb 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

 Easter Offerings

March marks the start of Spring, no other season brings the feeling of new life and rejuvenation on the west coast. There are flowers starting to bloom, lambs beginning to grace the fields and the excitement of summer in the air.

Here at the Isle of Eriska we love Easter time, the school break and we are bdd428a230ce6155fa4cf3f5a5ec2e05.jpgdelighted to welcome back couples and families to the West Coast and our 5 star luxury island retreat. Being on the west coast it is a great time for everyone to get outside to the great outdoors.

Not to miss this Easter;

  1. The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban is hosting its annual Easter Fun Day on the 27th of March. It is Oban's biggest Chocolate Easter Egg Hunt and there is a fun assortment of Easter crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy, as well as talks and feeding displays.
  2. Chocolate work shop for the kids – The award winning Oban Chocolate Co. opens its doors to its factory and under supervision, kids can make their very own Belgian chocolate for their parents (or themselves!)

 Eriska’s Easter offerings;

  • Our Chef Paul Leonard has been out foraging around the Island for wild foods, and alongside our gardener Dougie, they are already in the garden seeding everything in preparation for spring with the greenhouse bursting in anticipation of our seasonal spring menu.
  • The Stables Spa offering ESPA and ISHGA products is well worth a visit. Hotel and local guests to the west coast are welcome to enjoy the comforts of the Spa, a range of treatments are on offer followed by a light lunch.Eriska_food.jpgEriska_Spring_Food.jpg
  • With a range of mouth-watering seasonal dishes, Easter is a delicious time to come and stay at the Isle of Eriska. We cater for everyone in our New Deck restaurant and restaurant offering a seasonal Tasting Menu and Restaurant Menu, children are treated to High Tea and room service is ready available, to ensure that the whole family gets the Easter break they deserve.

Eriska is still offering winter rates Dinner, Bed and Breakfast starting from *£333.00 in March and we hope we can welcome you to the West Coast the for Easter weekend for further information

please do not heistate to contact the reception team at office@eriska-hotel.co.uk.

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 *subject to terms and conditions

Topics: Spa, accomodation, Fine Dining, easter in scotland, easter in argyll, luxury 5 star hotels, march break, easter

West Coast Self-Catering

Posted by Robyn Craig on Feb 3, 2016 6:25:54 PM

 

Arnott's House

 On The Isle of Eriska

 We wanted to create a true Scottish Self Catering accommodation unit whilst at the same time retain the ease of access to the spa, leisure and dining facilities of the main house and hotel.

Since opening in 201, Arnott's House has become popular for friends and families to enjoy the Oban area and luxury island, offering guests a unique self- catering experience on Eriska - on your own private island on the westcoast of Scotland.

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Throughout the main season it is let on a weekly basis to for up to 6 guests, offering a real retreat and escape.arnotts-house-isle-of-eriska-benderloch-terrace-view.jpg

Arnott’s house was built in 1850 and was named after Arnot the redoubtable butler of the Clark Huchiesons who owned Eriska through the turn of last century. The traditional stone built farm house has been refurbished and offers guests privacy and access to the Isle of Eriska estate.

The spacious 3-bedroom self-catering Arnott’s house is located on the secluded east side of the Island, 50 metres above Loch Creran and enjoys magnificent views toward Ben Cruachan. Inside the house guests are welcomed by a modern living space spread over two floors, three en-suite bedrooms and conservatory face over the beautiful view of Loch Creran. The living area benefits from dual aspect views and a conservatory that catches the light from the east and offers a wonderful bright and airy space overlooking the garden

A fully equipped modern kitchen is situated at the back of the property looking out to the private grounds of the house, perfect for watching for your friends and family returning from their private path down to the tidal stoney beach at loch Creran. Outside of the house, there is a covered boot room and drying area, whilst adjacent to the conservatory lies a large six person outdoor hot tub perfect as you soak up the magnificent views overlooking the surrounding mountains and islands. Eriska itself is a 300 acre paradise for those simply wishing to wander. It is easy to do simply walk till you meet the sea or partcipate in a range of activities, alternatively for those wishing to relax guests are welcome to use the Stables Spa and there 17 meter pool, sauna, steam room and Spa pool or why not treat yourself to a Rasul Mud Treatment.

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Arnott’s house although fully equipped as a self-catering property guests can also experience food from our Michelin Starred Kitchen, we can arrange a simple supper in Arnott’s house, relaxed dining for lunch and/or early dinner in our new Deck restaurant, for a grander affair a reservation at the main hotel restaurant where guests can choose from our seasonal dinner menu or tasting menu. The house is a perfect base.

 

Enquire Now  

 

Call us on 01631 720371 or email office@eriska-hotel.co.uk for further information and to book. 

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Topics: Eriska, Spa, private island, self catering, luxury self catering, michelin star

Scotland's Snow Season

Posted by Robyn Craig on Jan 9, 2016 5:19:00 PM

 

Happy New Year from us all at the Isle of Eriska, we are looking forward to the start of the snow season, Glencoe Ski slope is a perfect day for beginners to experienced skiers, snowboarders and extreme sledging.

 

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Glencoe Mountain Resort originally known as White Corries is Scotland’s original ski centre dating back to 1956. Glencoe extends over 200 hectares and operates on the Meall A’Bhuiridh Massif situated in the south end overlooking Rannoch Moor of the Glencoe valley and is a stunning locations offering fantastic skiing and snowboarding boarding for all levels.

The ski area has seven lifts on Meall a’ Bhuiridh which serve a variety of 19 ski runs. Glencoe is by no means the largest ski centre in Scotland, but it's still a firm favourite with many Scottish skiers and boarders thanks to its unique and exhilarating terrain, and a snow holding record second to none.

 

 

 

So what has Glencoe Ski Slope got to offer?

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Events:  

  • 30th Jan 2016- Glencoe Mountain Rail Jam
  • 19th & 20th March 2016 – Scottish Snow Festival
  • 20th March – Junior Coe Cup
  •  2nd & 3rd April – Coe Cup FreeRide World Tour 1* Qualifier

Runs: Four Green, Five Blue, Six Red and One Black, watch out for "Fly Paper" the Steepest run in Britain

Head down the Main Basin and into the Canyon, you'll pop out under the Cliff Hanger Chair, which usually has a fun gully to air out of. Keep your speed up and ride across the Plateau to the top of the Access Chair. If there's sufficient snow you can ride all the way to the car park – keep to the left of the chair for some of the best open off-piste runs in Scotland”

 Scott McMorris, Oakley snow team manager

The Guardian

Eriska's Snow Season Rates

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Starting from £166.50 per person 

Friday the 29th of January for two nights £166.50 per person, per night perfect for guests who looking for a day on the slopes followed by relaxation in the Spa.

Alternatively why not treat you and your special someone to a night away in Eriska’s Hilltop Reserves, views over the Snow-capped mountains, private hot tub and use of the leisure facilities.

 

 

*full pre-payment required at time of booking

Call us on 01631 720371 or email office@eriska-hotel.co.uk for further information and to book. 

 

Topics: Spa, hilltop reserves, winter

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.

  

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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.

 

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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!

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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?

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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. 

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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...

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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