SWD Editor Natasha Radmehr visits an exclusive-use wedding venue that exists on its very own island off the west coast of Scotland…
Last year I went to California, and while there everyone insisted I check out the famous 17-Mile Drive, a road that winds its way through picturesque Pebble Beach. It was indeed beautiful. But what I didn’t tell the Americans was that it didn’t quite compare to driving through the Trossachs by the banks of Loch Lomond (I’m not even kidding!).
I’m treated to the spectacular scenery of this drive when I make my way to the Isle of Eriska from Glasgow. Located about half an hour from Oban, this hotel is separated from the mainland by a bridge over a small stretch of Loch Creran, lending it the rather unique credential of being both a hotel and a private 300-acre island.
The hotel is all about Scottish charm and warm hospitality, with an ever-crackling fire and a blend of traditional and contemporary furnishings in the public rooms. Ceremonies for up to 120 guests can take place in the main house and garden, and a marquee can be erected on the lawn for larger parties.
This is an ideal venue for couples who want to hire somewhere for a few nights to make a weekend of the celebrations. Exclusive hire includes the 16 bedrooms in the house, five spa suites in the gardens (with private hot tub!), two garden cottages and six hilltop reserves.
Not only that, but you’ll enjoy the use of the hotel’s facilities including its pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi; a golf course, croquet lawn and putting green; and access to the Stables Spa. Spa treatments (with products by Ishga and ESPA) are booked and charged separately.
One of the things I was most eagerly anticipating at Eriska was the food, which exceeded expectations.
Many of the ingredients in the seasonal dishes come directly from the kitchen’s gardens and greenhouses. We feasted on everything from grouse and venison to halibut and smoked salmon, all complemented by flavoursome veg.
Even the breakfast was a meal to remember, right down to the honey sourced from Heather Hills Farm, which I may or may not have eaten on its own with a spoon.
FANCY GETTING MARRIED AT THE ISLE OF ERISKA?
Visit the venue’s website to find out more or call 01631 720371.