Every year we get requests about Family Activities when staying at Eriska and this always results in lots of research but in truth it is the blind leading the blind as we do not get involved in family activities as such so end up suggesting itineraries that we would like to do and the potential guests does not know the area well so often books activities that are a distance away or not ideal for the age group of children. So this year- just ot show we are learning- we have been monitoring the activities that gain the greatest reports from our visitors and tose taht the rave about whatever the weather. We have tried to take into account the lucky guests with the most sunshine and balance these with the guests who were caught out.
We have not listed them in any particular order and have taken family to mean multi generation party who have a variety of ability and interest but set out to keep the majority happy- no Pokemon Go mentioned!
- 1. Sealife Centre
If you want to discover scotish wildlife, we advise to go to the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, at just 15 minutes driving from the Isle of Eriska hotel.You could meet the adorable seals and hear the touching stories behind their rescues or visit the playful otters and the other species. It is the perfect place to enjoy with family in case of rainning weather while learning about the scottish nature
- 2. Seafari Adventures
Seafari Adventures offers exceptional wildlife and nature boat trips to see whales, porpoise, dolphins, basking sharks, otter, golden and white tailed sea eagles and much more in our European Special Area of Conservation - Firth of Lorne. Our tip is dress warmly - they offer waterproofs but this does not keep out the cold at 30 knots! There are differents type of boat trips, for all tastes, all ages, ideal to take a big breath of fresh air with family ! It is located 1hour driving from the hotel, at the south of Oban, hence.
- 3. Explore Mull
The Isle of Mull, the most closest island from Oban, is one of the most beautiful island of west highland. It offers variest landscapes and activities for all family. Wildlife, castles, mountain hire bike, walking, each one will find what is he looking for in The Isle of Mull ! If you go to Mull, you absolutely must discover Tobermory village, on the west coast. It is a beautiful fishing village with colored buildings along the main street to the pier. You will find a good variety of shops, hotels and other accomodations. And if you are whisky lovers, we advise to go to the Tobermory distillery, very famous for it tradditional savoir-faire - with moderation of course !
It is easy to access Craignure from Oban, with a direct ferry go and return several times per day. Booking is required during busy summermonths on the Oban ferry, however, the other two are not possible to book, and places are normally available when required.
If you prefer, The Isle of Eriska hotel may also arrange a private charter from Eriska to Tobermory (Isle of Mull) and return would be £550.00 for the boat, with our partner Costal Connection. Departure around 10:00am from Eriska and return at 5:00pm so you can spend some time on Mull.
- 4. The Jacobite's Train
Fan of Harry Potter and of all it sorcery ? We have the perfect activity for your family ! Take the famous Jacobite train from Fort William (1 hour driving from the hotel) - which inspired the Harry Potter movies - and travel through the amazing landscapes, until Mallaig village. 3 hours of pure happiness, and you will come back with full stars in your eyes. Find all the thrills of Harry Potter's movie, an activity to do from 7 to 77 years...
- 5. Ice Factory
Only 1hours drive from the hotel, you can discover the Ice Factory with a wide range of indoor & outdoor activities to ensure that you are entertained whatever the weather. No experience necessary, making for the perfect family day out. Rock climbing, ice climbing, ready for a sporting day with family ? Feel the adrenaline as if you were in natural environnement !
- 6. Sea Kayak
For many one of the attractions is the sea and therefroe a desire "to get out on the water" and what better way to do this and potentially closest way without getting wet than in a kayak. This is an activity which can be adjusted to suit all ages and ability and depending on the weather can offer a challenge or stress free activity. Guests of all ability and ages can take part and they will come to Eriska to allow you to set off and return with dignity! Sea kayak company is an excellent partner situated in Oban. Wetsuits and footwear are provided.
- 7. Mountain biking
Why do not try Isle of Eriska's bikes to explore the island in family by a sunny day ? Isle of Eriska is an ideal place from which to enjoy tours into the majestic highland landscapes
You can hire our mountain bikes to cycle on the island, exploring the surrounding area or load them up on the car for a day trip.
You can pre-book and borrow mountain bikes and necessary equipment from our Spa Reception. And if you plan a day trip, The Isle of Eriska may arrange a picnic for all the family, for more information, please contact directly the reception team.
- 8. Archery
Would you like try a sport combining strengh and cleverness ? Try this ancient and noble sport using the traditional longbow of the Scottish Highlands. Learn the basics of this challenging weapon and test your martial skill under the guidance of former 'longbow World Champion of the Wand' 2006, Sean O'Byrne. Archery is taken part 4.5 miles from the hotel, in Artdorna - please contact 07867 785524 for further information.
- 9. Golf
No need to book in advance, turn up and pay to play! Enjoy stunning views as you make your way around our golf course for only £15.00 (adults) and £7.50 (children) a day and £6.00 for our Driving Range. Golf clubs and golf trolleys are available to hire from our Stables Reception. Make a day of it an enjoy a golfers lunch in our Veranda Restaurant from 12.30pm until 2pm.
- 10. Fishing
Only 30 minutes drive from The Isle of Eriska hotel, relax in family at Inverrawe Smokehouse learning fishing along the River Awe, in the beautiful park of Inverawe. Afterwards- or as a break- enjoy the smokery exhibition and taste the finished product with smoked salmon based in their nice coffee shop. Alternatively for tye more adventurous try Sea Fishing on the west coast with Blue Fin Chrters based out of Dunstaffanage Marina they have had some very successful seasons and trips in local water and boats can be arranged to track down deep sea fish.
As you see it, West Highland is full of funny activities to do with family, at just few miles from The Isle of Eriska hotel. Whether sporting, educational, creative or gourmet ? What activity will you choose ? Make your choice and enjoy Scoltand !