Isle of Eriska Hotel

Oban, Scotland

Where James Bond would stay in Scotland: a 19th-century mansion in Scottish baronial style on a private island accessible by a bridge, set amidst glorious west highland scenery. It boasts a highly regarded restaurant, an award-winning spa, and myriad activities spread across 350 acres of grounds. Poised between land and loch, a few miles north of Oban at the mouth of Loch Creran, looking across to the green hills of Appin and the mountains of Morvern. Drawing rooms filled with deep sofas, fireplaces, and books in the imposing granite and red sandstone Big House. Elegant and comfortable without being stuffy, the ambiance is warm and welcoming, with soft, bright furnishings and piles of wellingtons by the front door of the oak-paneled hall. Spacious rooms in the main building in soft, neutral shades exude comfort and Country Lifestyle; quality furnishings and gleaming bathrooms stocked with Molton Brown toiletries. Four-course dinner menus change daily and feature the likes of guinea fowl, halibut, and Scotch beef. The cheese trolley is one of Scotland’s finest with plenty of local options. Lavish breakfast spreads with locally smoked salmon are a highlight.

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