Expansion Complete...

Posted by Gordon Cartwright on Jun 8, 2017 9:29:43 PM

Our beautiful new Hilltop Catering Lodges are now open for business.

It seems an age since I was knee deep in January mud surveying the foundations of our new Hilltop Reserves. More akin to hosting our lovely guests and pouring champagne, here I was waiting for a cement delivery and chatting with weather hardened builders in the horizontal rain. Such are the challenges that underscore progress.

With the New Year celebrations behind us and having waived off our merry guests, we set about crafting our vision of the luxury stay-cation; four new Five Star self catering lodges complete with hot tubs, state of the art kitchens, deep eclectic luxury, wide screen TV's and everything the modern discerning traveller would ever need. The ultimate juxtaposition of indulgent privacy bang smack in the wilderness of the Scottish west coast.

Progress initailly was slow. The stormy winter weather conspired against us, as did the spring drought that stunted all attempts to heal the wounds in the landscape. But eventually we saw green shoots. The unpredicatble mix of sunshine and showers in May allowed nature to restablish her authority to the extent you'd think we'd have dropped the lodges in by laser guided parachute. 

The end of May saw us go through the testing phase and for this the Hotel Managers at Eriska were your guinea pigs. The hot tubs proved a popular venue from which to gaze at golden sunsets that stretched the width of the horizon. All of the gadgets and toys were put through their paces and we also did a bit of baking to make sure the ovens were up to the task.

Now boasting 6 HIlltop Reserves we decided to explore some of the luxury options many of our guests had been asking for. So new for 2017 expect spa treatments within the privacy of your outdoor deck, whilst diners seeking something super special can put away their marigolds and enjoy a Michelin-star chef and waiter for the evening, complete with crisp linen and 5 Star service. Why wouldn't you?

Sales options remain the same this year with the 70 night membership proving as popular as the 3 night stay. Perhaps the challenge for those seeking luxury this year is which of the six lodges is your favourite. Each have a their own stunning location, total privacy, and uniquely their own memorable take on the loch and mountains view. 

The stay-cation has matured beyond the random vacation choice. It's becoming a movement for discerning travellers who rather than take a chance on an experience untested , are quick to invest in a lifestyle choice, an intuitive certainty. 

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Topics: hilltop reserves

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

February and Valentine's at the Isle of Eriska

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Jan 11, 2017 5:48:36 PM

How does Michelin Star dining, 5 star service, and  sumptuous spa treatments sound to you this Valentine's?


We have it all here at the Isle of Eriska!

Enjoy our 2 night Valentine's package available from 1st til 28th February 2017.


Spa Treatment

Michelin Star Dining

5 Star Service 


Find out more about our Valentine's Package.


Call us on 01631 720371 or

email for availabilitty and to book. 

Topics: Valentines Day

Hilltop Reserves - Phase Two Coming to Fruition

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 13, 2016 7:16:00 PM

It's over 2 years since the first 2 Hilltop Reserves welcomed our first guests and due to popular demand, plans have already begun for an additional 4 Hilltop Reserves to be built on the Isle of Eriska. 

Similar to our current Hilltop Reserves, the next phase will be secluded, whilst not imposing upon what we currently Eriska_Hilltop_Reserves_Hot_Tub.jpghave here at the Isle of Eriska.

Each Hilltop Reserve will encompass:

  • Private Hot Tub and balcony
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Living area
  • Bedroom with incredible views, whilst maintaing privacy
  • Bathroom with his and hers sinks

Kee an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates over the next few months as process continues on phase 2 Hilltop Reserves. 

If you are interested in one of our 10 year packages, please complete this form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly. 


Good Hotel Guide - Best Hotels for Golf

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 8, 2016 11:43:00 AM

We're also excited to announce that as well as our Spa being recognised by the Good Hotel Guide, our Golf offerings and location for golfers has also been highlighted. 

Along with some other great hotels, the Isle of Eriska is mentioned as being a great Hotel for golfers to stay at.

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Book ahead for 2017 and take advantage of our 3 day rate. 

Treat a loved one to Christmas Gift Voucher - Experience Eriska

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 7, 2016 8:03:00 PM

We have a whole host of Christmas Gift Vouchers available to use at the Isle of Eriska, giving you the opportunity to treat a loved one with a truly special experience this Christmas. 

Our guests are welcome to enjoy vouchers for:

Alternatively, if you're looking to pamper someone in our Spa, we have:

Order your vouchers online, or call us directly on 01631 720371 or email

*Full terms and conditions are available on request.

Isle of Eriska Spa - Winter Opening Times

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 5, 2016 6:28:00 PM

Please find below our winter opening times for the Isle of Eriska Stables Spa

8.30am til 7pm

(last swim 6.30pm)


Please note that during the festive period and throughout January, times may vary. Please contact the Spa directly for further information.

To book your treatment and rejuvenate your skin this winter, please follow this link, call us on 01631 720371 or email

Love Land Mag - Eriska has been nominated

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 4, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Following on from the other awards we've been recognised in over the course of the last 12 months, the Isle of Eriska has been nominated in this year’s Land Love Magazine Awards in the 'Britain’s Favourite Place to Stay' category! 

02_January_small_133A0003_cozy_fireside_in_drawing_room_Eriska_hotel-resized-600.jpgWe're shortlisted with some other incredible accommodation providers throughout the UK, however we are the only accommodation provider in Scotland to be nominated in the awards!

All those who vote (whether for Eriska or not), will be entered into a prize drawn run by Land Love Magazine to win £300 worth of vouchers. Find out more over here. 

We'd really appreciate your support in these awards by voting for Eriska.

Click here to vote. 

Thank you from the team here at the Isle of Eriska!

Good Hotel Guide - Editor's Choice Awards - Spa Hotels

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 1, 2016 6:05:00 PM

We're excited to announce that the Isle of Eriska Stables Spa is highlighted as one of the 'Editors Choice Spa Hotels' in the Good Hotel Guide 2017!

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We hope you agree it is a great achievement for our Spa team!

Experience the Isle of Eriska Stables Spa for yourself during your next visit. 

The Deck Restaurant - Winter Opening Hours

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Nov 29, 2016 6:30:00 PM

As the nights become longer and the evenings become darker, we've made some opening hour changes to our Deck Restaurant for the winter. Please find our revised opening hour times below.

Winter Opening Times

12.30pm - 6.30pm

Closing at 4pm on Mondays

Closed all day Tuesdays

If you'd like to double check our Deck Restaurant is open before heading out to Eriska, please email our Spa Reception on or call us directly on 01631 720802.