Saturday, 23 April 2016

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island: Anniversary Trip

Last weekend we had a wonderful trip to Isle of Eriska Hotel which is situated on it's own private Island in Argyll for our 11th Wedding Anniversary. 

We had a great time! Hubby had booked us into one of the luxury Spa Suites which are set away from the big house complete with their own hot tub (bliss).

As you can see we lived in complete luxury for the two nights we were there. (there is also a reasonably priced mini-bar). Next time I want to book a facial as the spa uses ESPA and Ishga products (should have thought to plan ahead!)  The complimentary toiletries were from Molton Brown (and all in scents I hadn't tried before).

The hotel offers guests an afternoon tea (included in the price) which we both really enjoyed. The second day it was warm-ish and we could sit outside. Simple pleasures!

We did a lot of relaxing but also walked a bit around the Island. It really is beautiful and the scenery is stunning. (we had a bit of a disaster when hubby nearly lost his trainer in a boggy patch - I can laugh about it now but it was scary at the time.) We should have borrowed a pair of these!

We stopped by Otter Point but unfortunately didn't see any real ones!

The hotel has a Michelin Star Restaurant and we enjoyed a delicious dinner both nights. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the restaurant has a great and reasonably priced wine list. We also enjoyed cocktails and large G&Ts!

Here's some of the food we enjoyed:


Slow Cooked Pork Cheek
Turbot Skirt, Eriska Beetroot, Fennel

Farmhouse Cheese
Selection of Cheese from the UK (delicious)
with homemade Walnut bread, Oatcakes & Orchard Apple Chutney

2nd night's canapes

Cured Loch Creran Salmon
Fennel, Fresh Curds, Preserved Lemon

Sirloin of Scotch Beef
Baked Sand Carrot, Baby Gem, White Onion

And of course we enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast both days

The hotel has published a beautiful book "Eriska - The Story of an Island" which tells us about the history of the big house and the island and it really is a delight. I spent a couple of hours reading this lovely book and enjoying looking at the photos on our first afternoon (there is a copy to read in your room and dotted about inside the hotel). A complimentary copy is given to guests this year to celebrate 42 years as a hotel welcoming guests from around the globe - which I think is a lovely gesture.  I'm absolutely thrilled to have a copy.

We had an amazing stay and I'd love to go back!


  1. Looks like a fabulous location for a romantic break!

  2. Oh my gosh, it looks stunning! What a wonderful setting. I'd love to visit the Scottish islands. xxx - natural beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

    1. It was really beautiful. I'd love to go back! x