Activities at Isle of Eriska Hotel

Being based on an island is a great start; being surrounded by sea creates not only a boundary but also enables us to offer a wealth of activities.

At Eriska there is a wide range of activities for all levels. Activities can be scheduled on the island or arrangements can be made with local providers. Let us know if you would like us to prebook activities or make enquires to local suppliers on your behalf.

 

PoolLeisure Centre

The leisure facilities at Isle of Eriska include a 17m heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and fully equipped air conditioned gymnasium. The Stables Spa Leisure Facilities are available for residents to enjoy from 8.00am to 7.30pm daily. Children are welcome to enjoy the facilities from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. Annual leisure club membership is offered. We would be delighted to discuss this further and please do contact us for further information.

 

Squash CourtSports Facilities

On the Island why not enjoy one of our many indoor sports facilities? From Tennis, Squash, Table Tennis, Badminton, Bowling and Football, there is something for all sport enthusiasts.  Our Island Sports Manager is always on hand to give a challenging game if you are in need of an opponent or challenge.

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Golf CourseGolf Course

Our Golf Course is open from 8am until 8pm seven days a week. All ages and abilities are welcome to play the course and use the driving range.

The golf facility at Eriska is ever evolving. Our long term intention was to create a 9 hole course with teaching and practice facilities. When we began back in 1994 we started with a simple three hole pitch. This has evolved through a 9 hole par three course to a six hole par 22 course with the intention to reach a nine hole par 35 course eventually. At the moment it is a vacation course with driving range and practice facility.

Our Golf Course and Driving Range is open to non-residents as well as our residents. All ages and abilities are welcome to play the course and use the driving range.

Please do book your tee time in advance. Enjoy stunning views as you make your way around our golf course for only £15.00 (adults) and £7.50 (children) a day. Residents play for free. Clubs and golf trolleys are available to hire from our Stables Reception. Make a day of it and enjoy a lunch in our Deck Restaurant. 

*Please note that due to renovation works, only 6 holes are currently available. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Walking on Eriska

Island Nature Walks

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Isle of Eriska by foot. Led by one of our guides, venture through the flora and fauna of our natural unspoilt landscape. Enjoy learning about all the different species of wildlife that thrive on our Island from the otters playing by the sea to the Golden Eagles in the sky. Walks can be tailored to suit individual requirements.

We also have a separate page for our walks »

 
 

CroquetCroquet

What is a country house hotel without its own croquet lawn? The casual and social game of croquet can be enjoyed by people of all ages and can be played in many different ways. Equipment and rules can be found in the reception. 

 
 

FalconryFalconry Experience and Hawk Walk

The Falconry experience will introduce you to the Falconry team. Learn how to handle the birds and then take them straight out flying. Whilst out for a stroll through the hotel grounds you will discover the art and history of Falconry, as your hawk follows along demonstrating their aerobatic skill. He won’t let you get lost, as they will be checking in frequently by landing on your gloved hand.

Interactive Display of Birds of Prey
This comprehensive display showcases the the abilities of all the birds. The falconry team have been hand-reared and are experienced display birds. A great activity for small or large groups alike.

 
 

Sea KayakingSea Kayaking

Paddle to idyllic sheltered shores or tackle wild tidal races. See wildlife ranging from otters to whales, sea eagles to basking sharks. This activity is suitable for all abilities with expeditions designed for complete beginners through to seasoned seakayakers. You will be joined by engaging guides and instructors, each with knowledge of the waters and wildlife.

 
 

Boat TripsBoat Trips

There is no better way to explore Scotland’s West Coast than by boat. Departing from the private pier on the island just a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Explore bays and islands unreachable by car, seeing the West Coast’s unspoilt beauty. See a variety of wildlife on the water including golden eagles, seals and even basking sharks. Alternatively you could enjoy a circumnavigation of Mull visiting Fingal’s cave, puffin colonies and enjoying lunch in colourful Tobermory.

 
 

DistilleryOban Distillery Tours

Sensory and Flavour Finding Tour
Take part in an immersive tour to learn about the whisky making process at the Oban distillery. Sample the unique whisky of Oban; one of Diageo’s six classic malts of Scotland.

Exclusive Distillery Tour
A more in depth tour including a tour of the warehouse and a personalised whisky tasting in the manager's office.

Distillery Manager’s Tour and Tasting
Spend quality time with the Oban Distillery Manager followed by a tutored tasting of their finest malts in the Manager’s Office. You will be presented with a bottle of Oban Distiller’s Edition and a glass pipette.

 
 

ArcheryArchery

Archery is the art, sport and skill of using a bow to shoot arrows at a target. Historically used for hunting and combat, at Eriska you can try your hand at hitting a bullseye on the circular targets positioned on the hotel lawn. We use sophisticated equipment and quality recurve bows. Learn from our highly skilled Archer who will show you the skills and tactics of an expert.

 
 

Clay PigeonClay Pigeon Shooting

There is nothing quite like the thrill of downing a clay pigeon as it soars across the sky. Your instructor is highly qualified and ensures safety standards are exceeded. We only use new 12 or 20 gauge Beretta over-and-under shotguns and Promatic traps. He will be with you throughout, providing coaching in both technique and safe gun handling to ensure you hit as many clays as possible.

 
 

Axe ThrowingAxe Throwing

In the spirit of Braveheart, learn a new skill of precision and accuracy; Scottish Highland traditional Axe throwing. The Axe is light enough to be thrown with one hand towards a wooden bullseye!

 
 

Pony Trekking

Hack your way through the rugged highland landscape from horse back. Trails can be tailored to the specific abilities of the riders. This activity can take place both on or off the island.

 
 

Sea-Fishing

Head out on the water with our fishing guides for some multi-species fishing in the nearby Forth of Lorne and Loch Etive. There are many species to catch including cod, pollack, whiting, spurdog, thornback ray, conger eel, dogfish, skate and mackerel. This activity is available year-round.

Sea fishing on the west coast has had some very successful seasons and trips in local boats can be arranged to track down that deep sea fish. Inverawe Fisheries is only a 30 minute drive away from the hotel.

 
 

Fishing

Fly Fishing Lessons
Learn the basics of fly-fishing. Find out about the different rods, reels, tackle and types of flies. Learn the art of how to cast, play and land a fish. All lessons are inclusive of rod and net hire.

Salmon Fishing
Scotland is the home of Atlantic Salmon fishing. Catch the most iconic fish that swim our rivers. Your guide will ensure a successful catch, along with all the required equipment, permits and transport. Make a day of it and include a locally sourced picnic lunch.

Trout Fishing
The Scottish brown trout has been in our rivers and lochs since the Ice Age. Learn the technique and take advantage of our guide’s knowledge of where, how and when to catch these fish. Hand the fish to our Executive Chef on your return and he will prepare it with your dinner that evening.

 
 

Mountain BikeMountain Biking 

Should you bring your own bike or wish to use one of ours, let us guide you round the trails. Whether you are new to mountain biking or ride regularly we have trails to
suit all abilities. Explore our adventurous countryside with an experienced guide.

 
 

Scenic Tours

Scenic Flight Tours

The Isle of Eriska is perfectly located off Scotland’s most stunning coastline boasting varied picturesque scenery. It may be beautiful from the ground, but a bird’s eye view from our scenic flight from Oban Airport is likely to be an experience you will not forget.

 
 

Highland ToursPersonalised Highland Tours

See what the highlands of Scotland has to offer with a private driver-guide. The Isle of Eriska is ideally located to take full advantage of both the West Coast and the Highlands to the north. Highlights include Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Ben Nevis, Mull, Skye, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and many more. You could even use a guide to make the most of your onward trip to the next hotel or back to the airport.

 
 

Wildlife PhotographyLoch Visions Wildlife Photography

Photography day trips targeting some of Scotland's finest wildlife. Evade detection whilst learning great wildlife photography techniques from one of the region’s top photographers.

 
 

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