A New Era... even more of what you're used to...

Posted by Gordon Cartwright on Jan 26, 2017 12:03:15 PM

The Isle of Eriska, Hotel, Spa & Island has announced that as of summer 2016 the island has been under new ownership, with the Buchanan-Smith family no longer involved in the day to day operation of the hotel or island. The current management will all be retained and are challenged with taking Eriska forward into the future.  

The private island, located off the west coast of Scotland, covers 300 acres and includes a 25 bedroom five star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a wealth of outdoor facilities including its own golf course, nature reserve and the recently re-launched Stables Spa. Paul Leonard, head chef, retained the restaurant’s Michelin star in 2016. The hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux.

The sale of the island was agreed in August 2016 and completed in the autumn. New owners, Creation Gem, a company located in Hong Kong, is solely owned by one family.

New owner, Mr Rong commented, “My family and I are offering a bridge of friendship from beautiful Shanghai to stunning Scotland. We are honoured to continue as the custodians of such an iconic property and aim to protect and nurture the island, securing a bright future for Eriska for years to come.”

The new owners have committed to a significant investment towards the future of the entire island with the construction of four new Hilltop Reserves already underway and planned renovations to the main house in the pipeline. The four new self-catering lodges will mirror the existing two Hilltop Reserves, which are located on the hillside overlooking the estate. The one-bedroom lodges come with their own private hot tub and outdoor decking and will offer views across the sea.

As part of the new investment into the island the hotel has completed a full renovation of seven of the 25 en-suite bathrooms during January 2017 and will re-launch the new piano lounge and drawing room as the hotel re-opens this month.

Gordon Cartwright, General Manager of Eriska, joined the team in April 2016. His wealth of industry experience gained over the last 30 years include Senior Hotel and Restaurant Inspector with AA Hotel Services, management and chef director roles with Relais & Chateaux including The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, as well as Sharrow Bay and Roux Restaurants.

Gordon commented, “The Isle of Eriska is synonymous with quality and an intimate guest experience that will be wholly preserved moving forward. A change of ownership doesn't mean a change in ethos and guests new and old can still expect the roaring fires, luxury, comfort and excellent service from the committed island team, along with a memorable dining experience. Eriska is about providing an island getaway that is totally unique, not just in location but because the experienced team deliver on the small details that make all the difference. As General Manager I'm committed to preserving the Buchanan-Smith family legacy that has made Eriska an icon of hospitality for over four decades.”

Topics: Eriska

April breaks away near Oban

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Jan 21, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Although Easter is early this year, there's still plenty of time and excuses to get away from the city and make the most of April.

Last year, April was one of the best months of 2015 weatherwise and we're hoping for more of the same great weather this year!

April 2016 sees our special 3 night rate return giving our guests the opportunity to Experience Eriska throughout the month of April from £575 per person for 3 nights.

Our 3 night rate includes:

  • Dinner each evening in our Michelin star restaurant
  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Breakfast in our dining room each morning
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea each day
  • Full use of our luxury leisure facilities

Plus you can benefit from a further 10% off with our Pay Before You Stay rates. 

Check availability via our website, email us on or call us on 01631 720371.

Topics: Eriska

Easter Breaks on the west coast of Scotland

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Jan 13, 2016 6:18:00 PM

As we now embark on another year, we get ready for the lighter nights and warmer temperatures coming soon - we hope!

Meanwhile here at Eriska, we're already looking towards Easter breaks away on the west coast of Scotland and why our guests will love it. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • The wonderful wildlife that Eriska is home to, is bursting to enjoy the Spring weatherEriska Spring
  • Should the weather happen to be that little bit wet or chilly, we've got plenty of indoor opportunities to keep everyone entertained
  • Our cosy library is just waiting to welcome you at any time of the day

Join us here at Eriska during Easter weekend from £185 per person including dinner, bed and breakfast.

Plus you can also take avantage of a further 10% off these rates with our Pay Before You Stay offer.

To find out more, call us on 01631 720371, email or simply check availability and book via our website -

Topics: Eriska, easter in scotland, easter in argyll

Birthday Celebrations at Eriska

Posted by Beppo Buchanan-Smith on Dec 13, 2015 7:56:24 PM

The end of last month marked a real miletsone for my Mother and therefore we wanted to mark this with a special celebration. Whilst many of her friends had suggested an event away from Eriska she highlighted that she really wanted to be at home for this significant birthday. All this was relayed to me by her friends so we set about preparing a secret event and continued to allow her to believe we had either forgotten or considered the event irrelevant.

Suffice to say we invited freinds and family to join us and neglected to metion this to my mother so that when the day arrived she was a little distraught by our lack of entuisiasm to mark the occassion but I think the surprise was worth the aggravation from her and I have asked one of our esteemed guests to write about it with his account below!



Mr B’s Surprise Birthday Party

 I remember when I was student going out to a Thai restaurant for a friend’s birthday. This was novel and Thai cuisine was exotic back then. Now it would be hard to find a student who had not tried Thai food. In fact many of my students could talk in some detail about Thai cooking, and would be able to describe the three best Thai meals that they had eaten during their gap!

 Some of the birthday celebrations that I have attended rapidly fade in my memory. I’ve been thinking about birthday meals and about how our tastes have changed. There was a time when the passing of another year was celebrated with delights such as prawn cocktail, steak Diane and baked Alaska. At some later time they were replaced by pasta dishes, polenta and tiramisu. More recently birthday parties have involved tapas, sushi and molecular gastronomy.

 The few birthday parties that have taken place at Eriska have tended to stay uppermost in my mind. The surprise party for Mrs B will be no exception. Beppo and Seona were as cunning as a skulk of foxes, and executed a supreme master plan. Picture the scene. Under the cloak of stealth, a mixture of family members and old friends hid in the hotel. Unaware Mrs B arrived at the front door, only to be met by her son Chay who she thought she had spoken to in New Zealand just a couple of hours earlier. After the initial surprise she was led into the drawing room only to be met by the secretly assembled group. The food, wines and the cake were exceptional, and it was a truly joyous occasion.


 My most recent birthday was on 21.10.2015. Movie buffs will remember that this date is integral to the plot in the film Back to the Future II. I am now a bit hazy on the storyline, but it is clear that travel by hoverboard is still some way off. Engaging in a wee thought experiment I am trying to envisage what the cuisine of future birthdays will be? To be honest I can’t think of what food will be in vogue twenty years from now. What is also hard to imagine is that there is a better location than the Isle of Eriska for holding a family birthday celebration.


Vernon Gayle


Topics: Eriska, Food

Winter Breaks on the West Coast of Scotland

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Nov 10, 2015 9:00:00 PM

Sometimes the festive buzz of the city can just get a little too much, what better way to take your mind off it than by booking a winter escape to the Isle of Eriska?

Stay at the Isle of Eriska this winter from £166.50* per person including...

  • Dinner in our Michelin star restaurant each evening
  • Luxurious accommodation 
  • Breakfast each morning in our restaurant
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea each day
  • Full use of our luxury leisure facilities

To take advantage of this offer, check availability and book online via our website, email, or call us on 01631 720371. 

We look forward to welcoming you this winter!


* Please note this price is based on our Pay Before You Stay offer. The normal winnter DBB price is £185 per person.


Topics: Eriska, winter

Our James Bond Package - Re-launched

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Nov 9, 2015 1:40:08 PM

With the 'buzz' of James Bond's Spectre in the air, what better way to celebrate than with our exclusive James Bond package!

What does the James Bond Package include?

  • Your very own Aston Martin for three days
  • Specially selected journey encompassing some famous James Bond scenes
  • Cocktail masterclass
  • 2 night stay in one of our deluxe double rooms
  • Private speedboat ride
  • Entrance to Duart Castle

Experience this for yourself from £1,365 per person - available from March through til October 2015. To find out more or to book this incredible package, please call McKinlay Kidd on 0141 308 8009. 

Eriska Hotel - James Bond      Bridge to the Isle of Eriska

Topics: Eriska

An Island to Call Your Own - Great Location for the Incentive Stay

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:38:00 AM

"Many people in the world have a dream of ‘getting away from it all’ and escaping to their own private island. There is something enchanting about an island and in Scotland there are hundreds for the intrepid traveller to choose from. That said, not all have their own five star hotel with spa and golf course! Welcome to the Isle or Eriska, a dream come true for any incentive group"

Topics: isle of eriska, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Eriska, Incentive Stays

Eriska - The Editor's Pick in Aspire's Luxury Travel Club

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:36:00 AM

We are happy to share with you Ms Burkitt's Editor's pick for Aspire last week;

"Despite the excitement of spotting a kettle of sea eagles during the day, it was in fact the stacked cheese trolley which caused audible squeals when it rolled our way after dinner. Try Prince Charles’s favourite Dunsyre Blue, or Loch Arbor if you can bear the smell of kippers. 

You may blame this dairy indulgence for any subsequent dreams – but I can assure you the badgers (Bertie and Brock) who drop by the conservatory for bread and milk every night are real".

Topics: isle of eriska, Eriska, Bertie and the Badgers

Eriska Awarded 'Taste our Best' by Visit Scotland

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:34:00 AM

describe the imageEriska was yesterday Awarded its latest award by Visit Scotland of "Taste our Best". This is a new scheme both supported and backed by the Scottish Government which highlights properties which showcase more than 40% of their menu from the locality. Although apparently the locality to the customer ranges greatly but for ease in this excersise - and I am sure nothing to do with the push for independence- Local means Scottish!

However the scheme does not stop a simply awarding a plaque but also offers feedback to business about where they could make a difference Scotland of Food & Drink is a website that helps businesses identify other potential producers which may currently be anonymous and unknown. We were delighted to not only be one of the first to be recognised but more imporantly that this recognition aligns so clearly with our principles. Hopefully the scheme will take off and be a great success and that will require the customers to grasp and support it too.

Topics: isle of eriska, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Eriska, Food, Taste our Best

Bertie and the Badgers at Eriska

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:32:00 AM

A lovely video by Andrew Evans of the badgers coming to the steps for milk in the evenings. You may have seen them, if not come and see us when you are here to see when they visit.  

Topics: isle of eriska, Eriska, wildlife, Wildlife at Eriska, Bertie and the Badgers