This glen, probably the most famous in Scotland, is a must for all visitors to the area. The road through its centre affords spectacular views along the steep sided valley with many waterfalls cascading down both sides. In addition to the scenery Glencoe is also one of the main ski areas in Scotland. This is a first class area for hiking including the dramatic ‘Lost Valley’ and you may wish to stop to view the waterfall in the narrow section of the glen. A 35-minute drive from the hotel will bring you to the excellent visitor centre which marks the start of the glen. A well stocked café provides refreshments and food. Beyond Glencoe the landscape flattens out to a barren, moon like area known as Rannoch Moor which also provides dramatic views to the surrounding mountains.
Located amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, Airds provides an intimate and sophisticated base for exploring the west coast of Scotland.
Just over two hours from Glasgow or two and a half hours from Edinburgh brings you to this luxury converted ferry inn and the start of the Highlands, with its impressive vistas and multitude of castles. Around every corner there opens up a new scene to wow the senses. A trip to nearby Oban or Fort William makes for an enjoyable drive, but you do not have to get back in your car to appreciate the location. This is an area particularly popular for those interested in the outdoors as there are beautiful cycle routes and walking paths right outside the hotel.
Airds also offers a luxury refuge from the elements where you can relax with a cup of tea and a good book sitting by the log fire in one of the lounges; or perhaps take a treatment in your room. With just 11 rooms and a self catering cottage in the grounds, Airds is intimate enough to be able to offer a highly personal service without being intrusive.
Food is a key feature of any stay at Airds and the evenings are all about dining in the romantic restaurant, which looks out over Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains beyond. It is not just about the standard of the cuisine – the restaurant has achieved three AA Rosettes for many years – but also the service which is attentive yet not intrusive.
View Airds Hotel’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide
Need to Know
Check-in at 2:00pm
Check-out at 11:00am
Also Worth Knowing
- Four AA Red Stars
- Three AA Rosettes for Food
- Michelin Recommended
- AA Notable Wine List
- Good Hotel Guide entry for the last 30 years
- Good Food Guide consistently for the last 37 years
- Johansens Recommended
Airds is ideally situated near Oban which is the gateway to the Inner and Outer Hebridean Islands. Main restaurant, Conservatory dining, Two lounges, Whisky Bar, Garden with croquet and putting, In room treatments
Children of all ages are welcome however the minimum age in the restaurant is 8 years. If parents wish to dine with their children the Conservatory is open to children of all ages. Alternatively, children can take high tea in the restaurant at 6.15pm. Three of the larger rooms have sofa beds and some rooms can take a z bed.
Whisky bar, two lounges both with real log fires, free Wi-Fi, car park, pets permitted, restaurant, room service, suites, 2 bedroom self catering cottage on site, library of over 200 DVDs, all rooms have iPod players.
Recognised as being one of the best in Scotland, The Airds is a 3 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant which offers a 5 course choice menu and a 7 Course Tasting Menu with matching wines. Dress code is Smart Casual.
Lunch is available daily. There is a choice between a casual lunch menu or a formal lunch menu served in the restaurant. Lunch is served between 12:00pm-1:45pm.
The Airds has an excellent reputation for it’s Champagne Full Afternoon served either in the garden or next to one of the roaring log fires. Available between 2.00-5.00pm.
Our Whisky Bar stocks a wide range of Whisky from right across Scotland and is a cosy and intimate area in which to enjoy a quiet drink.
Max capacity: 32
Cost per night: Rates start from only £4700 but will vary depending on the time of year
Min cost per person:
The Airds is the most magical place to host an exclusive use event, whether this be a family gathering, celebration of a special birthday or anniversary or a corporate event. Due to the size of the hotel it really lends itself to a house party atmosphere.
Contact the hotel for more information and to discuss your requirements.
Phone: 01631 730236
Guide Price – a Standard double room for two guests, inclusive of dinner, full Scottish breakfast, early morning tea/coffee, newspaper of your choice, and VAT, starts at £290 per night.
Cottage tariff is from £575 per week, but very much depends on the time of year.
Short break rates are also available.
For best available rates call 0800 089 3929.
Airds Hotel & Restaurant
Port Appin, Oban, Argyll, PA38 4DF.
Shaun and Jenny McKivragan
Offers & Packages
Our Best Deal
Winter Hotel Getaways in the Highlands of Scotland
Enjoy a short break with a few added extras at The Airds Hotel, Port Appin, near Oban, Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland
From only £122 per person, per night
Winter is a magical time at the Airds for a special short getaway break. The Scottish Highlands really come into their own with the stunning colours reflecting the unique time of year. Stroll around the beautiful hamlet of Port Appin of a lovely crisp day before returning for a warming dram by the open fire, and a dinner to remember in our romantic candlelit restaurant.
Treat yourself to stay to remember by taking advantage of our 2 or 3 night special offers. Rates include dinner, full Scottish breakfast and VAT based on double occupancy and start from just £122 per person per night based on a three night stay or £129.50 per person per night based on a two night stay
This offer is only available to new bookings and cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid until 31st March 2017 (excl special event weekends)
Available until 31/03/2017
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Romantic Getaway in the Scottish Highlands
There can be no where more romantic than amongst the stunning scenery of Port Appin, near Oban, Argyll, where if you are lucky you will see the sky transform early evening into the most magical sunset over the loch and Morvern mountains.
The Romantic Package includes:-
- 2 nights accommodation in a Classic Double Room
- Dinner on both evenings including the 7 Course Tasting Menu on an evening of your choice (no wines)
- Full Scottish breakfast on both mornings
- A bottle of house champagne on arrival
- A box of homemade ‘Oban’ Chocolates
- A copy of the ‘Relish’ Cookbook
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New for 2017 – Star Gazing Weekend at Airds Hotel – Friday 24th March
The Airds is delighted to offer a unique star gazing weekend. Our location in the peaceful hamlet of Port Appin offers spectacular scenery throughout the year. This however, is not restricted to the hours of daylight. The village and surrounding areas suffer from very little light pollution, making this part of Argyll a great place to view the sky at night.
The weekend starts on Friday evening when, with a glass of champagne in everyone’s hand, our host, Mike Alexander of the Galloway Astronomy Centre will introduce himself and the subject of astronomy before you enjoy a 5 course dinner in our 3 rosette restaurant. Following dinner Mike will continue his talk in the lounge and weather permitting, will lead a brief walk outside to illustrate some of his points and to whet your appetite for the following evening. On Saturday morning after breakfast you can join Mike for a further talk and slide show.
Take the remainder of Saturday at your leisure and explore the beautiful West Highlands before returning to the hotel for a talk on all things ‘Astronomy’ from Mike and a brief questions and answers session before dinner. After dinner will be a tour (via minibus) out to experience the skies first hand at a nearby dark location with Mike. During the tour of the night sky you will discover how ancient civilizations named the constellations and stars. Using a telescope we will venture into the depths of our galaxy and beyond. Typically we will be observing Star forming regions, Star Clusters and Galaxies and within our own Solar System, Jupiter – king of planets and Comet 41P Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak not seen for 10 years. This is sure to be a unique and rewarding experience for all.
Classic Room Rates are from £827 per room for the 2 nights and are based on double occupancy, inclusive of dinner, full Scottish breakfast, talks and excursion:
Mike Alexander – our host for the weekend
In early 2003 my wife, Helen, and I purchased a property in an area with minimal light pollution and the Galloway Astronomy Centre opened for business in 2004.
Now in its 12th year, the business has developed year on year as new ideas have been included to meet the interests of our guests. So in addition to our tours of the night sky using our 400mm reflecting telescope, which has been the mainstay of the business, we run 3 beginner astronomy courses and will be adding a fourth on Astrophotography shortly. In addition through the year I run observing nights or give astronomy talks for a variety of groups across Southern Scotland.
For many years we have sold telescopes produced by two of the leading manufacturers in the world and regularly give advice on choosing the right telescope to both beginners and the more advance amateur astronomer. We remain the only telescope supplier outside the Home Counties where you can “try before you buy” an instrument.
The awarding of the Galloway Forest as the UK’s first Dark Sky Park in 2009 certainly put the region on the astronomical map and as the only observatory open to the public in the whole of Dumfries & Galloway it has been very beneficial to us. Now we regularly welcome visitors not only from across the UK, but around the world, who are wanting to experience the beauty of a Galloway night sky. In 2015 I was asked by the the Forestry Commission to train five Dark Sky Rangers in astronomy, so that they could set up their own astronomical events in the Galloway Forest.
I have been interviewed about astronomy on BBC radio several times and I have been interviewed by China Central TV and most recently by BBC Scotland which filmed myself and our guests watching the Total Lunar Eclipse for the series “How Scotland Works”.
Terms and Conditions
Due to the nature of this event and the reliance on clear skies the schedule will need to be flexible in terms of which day the excursion takes place. In the event of complete cloud cover on both evenings the excursion will be replaced by a further talk by our host.
Please note the event requires a minimum number of 8 guests. Should this not be achieved the event will be cancelled and your deposit refunded 14 days prior to arrival. We strongly advise guests to bring good binoculars with them as well as warm weather clothing.
Available until 24/03/2017
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Last Minute Getaways
‘Lazy Sunday’ at Airds in February
Book to stay on any Sunday throughout February and we will allocate you the best available room for just £239 per night. (£35 supplement for a Suite)
Arrive at your leisure and perhaps enjoy a cream tea served in the lounge next to the roaring fire perhaps after having enjoyed a relaxing walk around the stunning hamlet of Port Appin
In the evening canapés in the lounges are followed by a five course dinner in our intimate, candlelit dining room, before retiring to the lounge once more for coffee and petit fours
On the Monday morning Full Scottish breakfast can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or you may prefer to complete your ‘lazy’ stay with breakfast in bed!
Open to new reservations only and subject to availability. Please quote ‘Lazy Sunday’. This offer may be removed at any time
Available until 26/02/2017
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Driving from Glasgow - take the M8 west, across the Erskine Bridge and turn left onto the A82. At Tarbert turn right (still on the A82) and carry on to Crainlarich. At Crainlarich turn left and continue all the way to Ballachulish. At the mini roundabout take the A828 to Oban and in Appin turn right at the 'Port Appin/Lismore Ferry' sign. The hotel is 2.5kms down the single track road and is on the left hand side.
Driving from Edinburgh - take the M9 towards Stirling. Follow the A84 and head towards Crainlarich (A82) and then carry on to Ballachulish. At the mini roundabout take the A828 towards Oban and after 26kms turn right at the 'Port Appin/Lismore Ferry' sign. The hotel is 2.5kms down the single track road and is on the left hand side.
Oban Train Station is 30 minutes drive from the hotel and it is possible to arrange a taxi from the station to the hotel. Alternatively Connel Ferry train station is 20 minutes drive away but it is necessary to have booked a taxi to arrange transfer to the hotel from this station.
Glasgow airport is a 2 ¼ hour drive to the hotel
Edinburgh airport is a 2 ¾ hour drive to the hotel
Inverness airport is a 2 ½ hour drive to the hotel
For private aircraft, Oban airport is situated just off the A828 by the village of North Connel 27km from the hotel and some 6kms from the centre of Oban. Turn left out of the airport along the A828 and after 24kms take the left turn signposted Port Appin. The hotel is 2.5kms on the left hand side.
We can also land helicopters in the garden. The co-ordinates required for helicopter landings are No 56 33' 26" W"5 24' 44" Please advise us prior to your arrival in order for us to prepare everything for you.
Attractions Near Airds Hotel & Restaurant
On our doorstep and providing an enjoyable excursion, this is a small, secluded and beautiful island. Reached by regular and frequent foot passenger ferry (will also take bicycles) Lismore is ideal for walking and cycling (hire available) as it offers stunning 360 degree views from the centre of Loch Linnhe. In sunny conditions you should be able to view twelve munros (peaks over 3,000 feet) following the line of the loch and finishing with Ben Nevis. For keen botanists the island is unusual in that there are several species of plant found nowhere else in the UK. On a nice day a perfect trip is to take the ferry over to Lismore with a bike, a packed lunch and perhaps a bottle of wine(!) and have a leisurely cycle round the island. There is only one single track road and not much traffic! Be sure to visit the Heritage Centre (about 3 miles from the passenger ferry) which also has a café. There are also three ruined castles on Lismore and picturesque Port Ramsey.
Known as the Gateway to the Isles as it is the ferry terminal for visiting most of the Hebridean Isles, Oban is a typical Scottish west coast town occupying a picturesque bay overlookig Kerrera Island and is made famous by Oban Distillery which makes the world famous Oban Whisky. There are many gift shops in town offering an assortment of typically Scottish gifts. Oban is the base for many boat trips whether for sightseeing around Loch Linnhe or for fishing trips. Oban is also known as the Seafood Capital of the UK as many fishing boats drop their catch here and there are plenty of seafood restaurants in town to take their loads. Oban is a 35-minute drive from the hotel.
A 45-minute ferry ride from Oban brings you to Mull, arguably the most interesting and varied of the Hebrides. Landing mid way up the island you can head north to the main town of Tobermory. This picturesque town with its different coloured houses also has a superb fish restaurant for lunch. Alternatively head south and visit the island of Iona where Christianity first began. There is an interesting old ruined Abbey on Iona. It is also possible to take a trip to Staffa where if you are lucky you may see Puffins in their natural habitat.
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, this 84-mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig. The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan and passes through the now legendary Glenfinnan viaduct featured in Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express. On a clear day you can see out as far as Rum, Eigg and Muck.
Built on the edge of Loch Awe, guided coach tours take you into the heart of the mountain to see the hub of the power station in action (1 1/4 hour drive from the hotel).
Weddings at Airds Hotel & Restaurant
The Airds is in the most wonderful, magical location to host your special wedding. Situated in the romantic Highlands of Scotland, where better than on the shores of Loch Linnhe with the Morvern Mountains behind to exchange your vows and enjoy an unforgettable experience. With our home-from-home ambiance we can create a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere for you and your guests.
Let our professional and friendly staff cater to your every wish and enjoy impeccable service and exquisite food.
The hotel is licensed to hold Civil Weddings and Partnerships, either in the lounge of the hotel, the Restaurant or the garden with the breathtaking views.
Need to know
Rooms & Rates
Exclusive Use – From £5200 per night
Maximum Capacity: 36 Guests
The Airds can host weddings from 2 guests up to 36
Facilities & Features
Weddings and Partnerships for up to 36 guests. The lounge is then quickly transformed back to a relaxing sitting room with a real log fire.
The restaurant comfortably seats 36 guests for a sit down meal. This option is only available with Exclusive Use of the hotel.
You may choose to hold your ceremony in the garden with a backdrop of the Loch and mountains behind.
The Head Chef is on hand to offer advice on your ideal menu and can cater for a variety of different dietary requirements. Advice on choice of wine is also available and matching the wines with the dishes you choose.
We recognise that each wedding is unique to the Bride and Groom and therefore we design a personal package for your personal day. We can also offer drinks receptions and day receptions only.
The Airds is licensed for Civil Ceremonies
Wedding planning services are available