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.
Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands on the magnificent West Coast, it’s difficult not to get swept up in the sheer romance of Airds.
But we recommend doing just that. It’s one of the most sought-after destinations in the world and it is romantic; ridiculously romantic.
Be swept up. Go for it. Throw a blanket around your shoulders and watch the light playing across Loch Linnhe, its sheer size and majesty astonishing. How often do you witness beauty as wild as this? Take in the Morvern mountains, the sunlight catching the peaks. If you look for long enough they blend into the clouds and look like the sea, the horizon somewhere between the two.
Inside take your place by the fire in this former ferry inn, a single malt to hand, the barman will find one to suit your taste. There really isn’t enough romance in the world, let’s fix that.
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
- Most Romantic Hotel with the Good Hotel Guide 2018
- Cesar Award with the Good Hotel Guide 2020
- Good Hotel Guide entry for the last 30 years
- Good Food Guide consistently for the last 37 years
- Sawdays 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.
There is also a more informal all day menu available up to 8pm
The Airds has an excellent reputation for it’s Champagne Full Afternoon Tea 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
From £275 to £505 per room per night
What the Experts Say
“Seafood is a speciality in the restaurant with dishes such as bisque with crab spring rolls, scallops and roast brill. Go for a walk on the Appin peninsula to see seals and (sometimes) otters.”
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