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The Highland Games

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Aug 20, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Within Eriska we are big on remembering that we are part of Scotland and bringing heritage to our guests. On the 27th of August Oban will be hosting 'The Oban Games'. This is a traditional Highland Games and Solo Piping Competition.

After exploring Oban and its delights why not come to Eriska to enjoy a late lunch, early dinner, spa treatments or the whole Eriska experience and stay the night!

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Rates start from £157.50 per person per night to include bed, breakfast, afternoon tea, use of the leisure facilities and VAT.

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We hope to welcome you to Eriska soon! To enquire contact office@eriska-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01397 720 371.

Topics: Scottish Highland Games

The End of Summer

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Aug 18, 2015 3:53:45 PM

It is already getting to the end of Summer, although it feels like we have yet to experience it in Scotland. As it ends August and we begin to enter into September we see the begining of Autumn approaching with our trees becoming more colourful. 

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Not only does this mean our climate is going to drop - even further, it also means that our Eriska Experience changes a bit. You will not require your shorts at this time of year but you will need that warm knitted jumper your granny knitted you, and those wellies you swore never to use again!

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So why not come cosy up next to our open fire place, or experience the wildlife in a slightly different climate this Autumn, Eriska is ready if you are!

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

 

 

Topics: Eriska

The Glorious Twelfth

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Aug 2, 2015 4:14:19 PM

At Eriska we are all about the traditional, from our rooms to our service. Traditionally within Scotland the 12th of August signifies the first day of Red Grouse Shooting.

Within Scotland this is seen as a great day for fresh food and new ways for chefs to create incredible menus. 

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Our Head Chef, Ross Stovold is just as excited as the rest of us about Grouse coming onto the menus at Eriska.

So why not make an experience out of this special occassion by staying with us for the night and enjoying our Michelin Starred food. Rates start from £202.50 per person per night for dinner, bed and breakfast!

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For any enquiries please call 01631 720 371 or email office@eriska-hotel.co.uk

We hope to welcome you to Eriska soon.

Topics: Food, scotland hotels

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?

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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. 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.
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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Topics: spa treatments scotland