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Get ready for Spectre

Posted by Robyn Craig on Oct 22, 2015 8:12:03 PM


James Bond’s new film release, featuring Daniel Craig – UK released 26th October, 2015.

We are looking forward to the new Bond movie Spectre and so are Eriska’s guests - our James Bond Box set has never been so popular.

It is now over 3 years since a dinner discussion about the launch of Skyfall that led to our very own creation of a James Bond themed package and in truth we believe it may have simply been a desire of Beppo to take control of an Aston Martin for a weekend and drive i9t like James Bond through Glen Coe. Since then we have kept him on the straight and narrow- or maybe the insurance was too high but many guests have enjoyed the package- although one Australian guys was incredibly disappointed that having paid the money, taken the tour and returned the car, the man sitting next to her was not Daniel Craig!


Anyway its launch time again and Scotland’s west coast visitors are getting into the James Bond spirit and firing up their own Aston Martin DB9 ready to power through Glencoe, setting for the dramatic finale of Skyfall, onward to a private Island, fitting for any sinister Spectre organisation so we roll out a relaunch our James Bond Experience which we run in conjunction with McKinlay Kidd based from Glasgow.


Day One- So the bones of the escape are - the car – Collect a DB9 from Edinburgh Airport and the hotel – the Five Star Isle of Eriska, Spa and Island- Based on a private 350 acre private island just off the picturesque west coast.

So set off from Edinburgh up though the Trossachs and the Land of Braveheart and Rob Roy and onto the West Highlands of Scotland. Driving through the wonderful barren and unforgiving Rannoch Moor and Glencoe- the set for much of Skyfalls dramatic conclusion and then onto the Isle of Eriska for the first night.

Arrive in time form afternoon tea in front of the roaring hall fire and then some time to explore the island and build up an appetite for dinner by swimming in the 17m Indoor Ozone pool. Then at 7.00pm meet in the Library Bar for a Martini Cocktail Masterclass with our Mixologist- Edward who will explain the history and recipe behind the top tipple of 007. Followed by dinner in the multi award winning restaurant.

Day two -  sees the main event and after breakfast at 10am a transfer to the pier of the island where a fast speed boat will transfer you across Loch Linnhe taking in the sights of Duart Castle, Lismore and Oban with seals, otters, basking sharks and Golden Eagles sightings all possible before returning

Then return to Eriska in time for lunch and a chance to explore more of the island, a game of golf on the gem of an environmentally sustainable 9 hole course and even a game of tennis on the indoor court relax the muscles after the morning on the water. Follow this with another sumptuous dinner.

Day Three - Then after another night in your suite it is time to wind your way back to reality with a drive down to Crinan and the scene s from “From Russia with Love” and the film location of the sea chase through the Bosphorus and then onto Faslane and the scenes from “the Spy who Loved me” before heading back to Edinburgh to return the car.


McKinlay Kidd is offering this elite luxury package in Scotland, why not take a look and become James Bond for the weekend:



Topics: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Eriska, James Bond Package

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

We have done it again!

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Sep 20, 2015 7:51:35 PM

As many of you will have now heard we have manage to keep our Michelin Star for the second year running!

It is a time to congratulation not only Ross Stovold our Head Chef, but his whole team who have worked hard to be able to keep the star.

When hearing this news Ross thanked all our suppliers for their continued hard work, along with his strong team and continual support from Beppo.

How could anyone say no when you see the food they produce?










So if you want to book a table do it now emailing office@eriska-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01631 270 371

Topics: Ross Stovold, michelin star

As Time Flies

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Sep 16, 2015 3:32:17 PM

It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming in the New Year, here at Eriska so much has changed within that time. We have refurbished our Stables Spa and welcomed many new families to us.

With Winter dawning on us it begins to get chilly, and the days become shorter. 

It is well known that during these harsh Winter months that depression sets in quite often. It is proven that by doing regular excercise you are less likely to experience the downs of Winter. 

At Eriska we have a wide range of outdoor activities including fishing, clay pigeon shooting, sailing, wildlife boat trips and many more!

If you are shying away from being in the brisk Scottish breeze we also have space indoors for tennis, badminton, basketball and many more sports.

After exerting yourself at the sport that suits you, why not come and relax in one of our luxuirous king size beds before enjoying Afternoon Tea by the fire. Followed by our Michelin Starred food, where better to relax and enjoy that one time you can switch off from work and life duties.

Being at Eriska you can switch off completly from the world, there is no better place to relax, forget and rejuvinate. 

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

Topics: Eriska

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

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!


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


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. 


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!


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. 


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!


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?

Deer, Badgers, Pine Martins, Geese, Otter and Seals. Trees changing colour to amazing autumn tintsAutumn_sho_of_eriska

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