Set amongst the most stunning scenery in the Scottish Highlands, on the shore of Loch Linnhe with the Movern mountains behind. The restaurant has an international reputation and takes advantage of the abundance of local produce available
The Airds Hotel is set amongst the most stunning scenery in the little hamlet of Port Appin on the shores of Loch Linnhe. The Airds is a four star luxury boutique hotel in the romantic setting of Scotland's west coast where personal service and a seafood gourmet dining experience are the very essence of all that is great about a visit to this exclusive retreat. Whether you come for the beautiful views, the fine dining restaurant or for pampering in understated luxury there is a good reason to come and stay.
The atmosphere is one of relaxed elegance where friendly staff are attentive and efficient, yet not too fomral. The 8 bedrooms and 3 suites are all uniquely designed with beautiful fabrics and furnishings whilst we also offer a luxury 2 bedroom self catering cottage for those who would like a little more independence.
The restaurant has held 3 rosettes for over 25 years and was one of the first in Scotland to be awarded a gold star with Visit Scotland and conveys the same understated elegance whilst the cuisine is overseen by Head Chef, who ensures that the finest locally sourced ingredients are used. Seafood is in abundance on the menu taking advantage of the local source of seafood available.
Spend your days exploring the nearby islands of Lismore and Mull, the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, or the bustling town of Oban and it's distillery. Alternatively you may wish to hire a bike or simply take one of the beautiful walks from right outside the hotel's door and then return for a gentle massage or aromatherapy session in the comfort of your room.
The hotel also benefits from having 2 luxury self catering cottages on site. The Old Smithy has 2 ensuite bedrooms, large lounge with open fire and large sofa bed (sleeps 2), with stunning views of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains. There is large fully fitted modern kitchen with large dining area seating 6 comfortably. The cottage is avaialble for weekly lets. Bramble cottage is also a 2 bedroom, one bathroom luxury cottage, lseeping up to 5 guests (sofa bed in the lounge) with fully fitted kitchen and dining area, comfortabely seating 6 guests. The cottage is again available for weekly lets.
|Classic Double (2 rooms)||£97 Per person per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Junior Suite (1 room)||£145 Per person per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Loch View Suite (1 room)||£175 Per person per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Master Suite (1 room)||£167 Per person per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Small Superior (3 rooms)||£120 Per person per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Superior (3 rooms)||£131 Per person per night (breakfast inc.)|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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. Our 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 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.
Schedule for the weekend
Fri 17th November 6.30pm Introduction to the night sky in the lounge 7.15pm Dinner in the restaurant 9.15pm Walk in Port Appin to observe the skies – approx. 40 mins
Sat 18th November 8–10am Breakfast 10.15am Talk on the history of constellations in the lounge – approx 45 mins 6.15pm Talk and questions and answers on the night skies in the lounge 7.15pm 5 Course Dinner in the restaurant 9.15pm Excursion to a local dark sky area to observe skies using telescope
Sun 19th November 8-10am Breakfast Rates
Rates are per room for the 2 nights and are based on double occupancy, inclusive of dinner, full Scottish breakfast, talks and excursion: Classic Room £810 Small Superior Room £910 Superior Room £950 Junior Suite £995 Master Suite £1105 Loch View Suite £1127
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.
Summer Hotel Special Offer - 4 nights for the price of 3! throughout August and September on selected rooms. Summer at Airds is such a beautiful time. Looking across the loch, the sun shining on the water with the mountains looking as magnificent as ever. The countryside is as welcoming as ever at this time of year- a perfect time for an invigorating walk or to simply relax and unwind in one of the lounges or conservatory with its ever changing view.
Throughout August and September we are offering on a limited basis only - a FREE night! '4 nights for the price of 3' – you just pay for dinner on the last night. The following rates are per person, based on double occupancy and are inclusive of dinner on all 4 nights and a full Scottish breakfast each morning.
A Classic double room is £561 per person. A small superior room is £686 per person. A Superior room is £716 per person Junior Suite is £784 per person. Master Suite is £815 per person. This offer is for a limited time only and we have reserved a set number of rooms eligible for this special offer.
Once these rooms have been reserved then the offer will no longer be available, so early booking is advisable. As this offer is not bookable on line please call the hotel direct on 01631 730236 or email us at:- email@example.com
New Year or Hogmanay as it is better known in Scotland is one of the most exciting times in Scotland. Here at Airds we celebrate it in style and we welcome you to join our celebrations.
Our Hogmanay House Party runs from the 30th December through to the 2nd January.
Saturday 30th December 2017. Why not make the most of the New Year break by arriving early afternoon - this will give you time to enjoy our tea with festive cakes next to the hearty fire. This evening is a relaxed affair and you will have plenty of time to unwind after dinner with a fine wine or a malt whisky in front of the open fire, before retiring to bed.
Hogmanay, Sunday 31st December 2017. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and allow us to pamper you for the rest of the day. Then join us for a champagne reception from 7.00pm after which our Head Chef will once again serve up a mouth-watering dinner to set you up for the evening! After dinner we invite you to our Scottish Ceilidh or alternatively just relax in the lounges. Do not worry if you are not well versed in Scottish dancing as we have a caller to explain each dance. Having no doubt built up an appetite again after the dancing, enjoy some stovies prior to retiring to bed. Alternatively just enjoy the stovies without the dancing!
New Years' Day, Monday 1st January 2018. This morning enjoy a lie in - or perhaps go for a brisk walk before enjoying a sumptuous 'brunch' back at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure although we have a few activities available for those who feel a little more energetic or for those with an active mind! After drinks in the lounges allow our piper to pipe you into our Black Tie Gourmet Dinner which will be served at 8.00pm.
Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Full Scottish breakfast will be served after which we bid you a fond farewell and 'Haste ye Back'.
The following rates are per person for the three night package, based on double occupancy and are inclusive of all of the above. Single occupancy rates are available on request.
3 Night Package
Loch View Suite/Bramble Cottage - £1015
For more information or to make a reservation please ring or email the hotel directly on 01631 730236, email: firstname.lastname@example.org The above rates are per person based on double occupancy and are inclusive of all meals described above and VAT.
The period between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of an anticlimax, so why not take advantage of our special offer and enjoy the relaxation of The Airds. Take in the stunning scenery of Port Appin and walk off all that Christmas food before starting again with New Year!
With rates from just £389 per person for the 3 night package, arriving on Wednesday 27th December 2017, based on double occupancy, inclusive of dinner, full Scottish breakfast and VAT.
To learn more about us visit: www.airds-hotel.com
CHRISTMAS THREE NIGHT PACKAGE
Sunday 24th December - Wednesday 27th December 2017
Our festivities begin on Christmas Eve with our tea and festive cakes. Prior to dinner we invite you to a champagne reception with canapés at 7.30pm to give everyone the opportunity to meet their fellow guests over the Christmas break. Our candlelight dinner will be served at 8.00pm after which you can relax in the lounges with coffee.
Christmas Day starts with our full Scottish breakfast and a Bucks Fizz followed perhaps, by a leisurely walk around Port Appin. Mince pies, christmas cake and mulled wine will be available in the lounges from around 12.30pm giving you sufficient time to burn off some energy before our festive christmas dinner. Why not take a casual stroll down to the loch to admire the lighthouse or perhaps just relax with a good book in front of one of the fires, prior to Christmas dinner. And so to the main event – our Christmas Dinner – which will commence at 4.00pm. After dinner it is time to relax and snuggle up with a good book or perhaps one of the family games. A light sandwich snack will be laid out in the lounge for you to help yourself at any time during the evening.
On Boxing Day enjoy a full Scottish breakfast with the day being at your leisure. Why not take one of the many walks before enjoying a sumptuous dinner served anytime between 7.30 and 9.30pm. Finally, enjoy another full Scottish breakfast on 27th before departing.
All rates are per person, for the three night package and are based on double occupancy and are inclusive of all of the above.
Classic Double Room - £650
Small Superior Room - £710
Superior Room - £820
Junior Suite - £875
Master Suite - £955
Loch View Suite - £975
Bramble Cottage - £875
If you are able to also stay on Saturday 23rd December, we can offer a rate of only £125 per person, inclusive of dinner and full Scottish breakfast, based double occupancy, in the same room as you have booked for Christmas.
The Christmas Package cannot be booked online so please contact the hotel direct. Please email at email@example.com or ring the hotel direct on 01631 730236 for more information.