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Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Port Appin, Appin, Argyll & Bute, PA38 4DF

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Port Appin, Appin, Argyll & Bute, PA38 4DF


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In the beautiful small village of Port Appin, near Oban, is The Airds Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel situated on the west coast of Scotland with stunning views across Loch Linnhe to the Morvern mountains and beyond.

What makes a stay at Airds Hotel & Restaurant unique?

Personal and friendly service, some of the best food in Scotland from the 3 Rosette restaurant, and the unique setting of Port Appin on Loch Linnhe

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Airds Hotel & Restaurant?

11 luxury bedrooms and 2 self-catering cottages. All rooms have Bulgari toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, complimentary whisky mac and many more little luxuries.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Appin area?

Glencoe which is an area of outstanding natural beauty Oban Whisky Distillery Island of Lismore which is fabulous for cycling, walking, cycling on quiet countryside roads of the The Island of Mull, Iona and Staff - The Airds is a great base from which to explore Oban, which is the bustling tourist town near Ben Nevis and the gondola with great walks at the top.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

The hotel's 3 rosette restaurant has been the proud recipient of rosettes with the AA for over 27 years and has been listed in the Good Food Guide for over 42 years consistently. It was also voted most romantic hotel with the Good Hotel Guide in 2018.

Airds Hotel & Restaurant also has a Restaurant:

The Airds Hotel & Restaurant (Restaurant Section)


Airds Hotel & Restaurant is part of the following Inspirations:

Top 10 Hotels for Romantics by Dinah Hatch

"Look. It does not get much more soppy and romantic than a night looking out over the shores of Loch Linnhe as the stars twinkle above you in this remotest of spots. We are suckers for the antlers on the wall and roaring fire in the hearth and Airds will certainly not let you down here. But it’s the glorious outside that is the real draw – spectacular red sunsets, the water lapping at the shore as you drift off to sleep and the wonderful cycling and biking routes around make this an idyllic spot for adventurous but luxury-loving couples. All 11 bedrooms in this one-time ferry inn are unique and well thought out – perhaps because the owners were once regular guests who simply fell in love with the place. Just like you will."

Britain's Best Coastal Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Airds on the west coast of Scotland is small whitewashed hotel that looks on to Loch Linhe, the only "sea loch" on the Great Glen Fault that slices Scotland diagonally in two.

Airds began life in the nineteenth century as an inn on the road to Port Appin. Today travellers can still cross to the islands of Lismore, Mull, Eigg and Rum from here. From humble beginnings as a place where cattle drovers could get some rural R&R, Airds has established itself in the 21st century as a major Scottish restaurant with rooms. In the summer its garden, which runs all the way down to the loch, is full of visitors eating cream teas. Then in winter Airds becomes a seacoast hideaway as snow settles on the peaks of the dramatic Morvern peninsula opposite.

Guests have a choice of eleven bedrooms and can enjoy any number of tranquil summer walks from Airds. At low tide it is possible to walk across to the lighthouse island in front of the hotel, and seven miles north along the coast – rearing up on its own craggy island - stands Castle Stalker. This dramatic fourteenth century tower-house famously appeared in the closing scenes of the British comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Castle Stalker was built by the Stewarts, relatives of King James IV of Scotland, but in 1620 passed to the Clan Campbell as the result of a drunken bet. The Campbells abandoned the castle after its roof fell apart in the 1840s but it was restored at the beginning of the twentieth century and is now open to the public at selected times during the summer.

Some people come to Airds for the food and others for the view, but no one rushes away. This is a hotel to be savoured on dark winter nights around the drawing room’s two fireplaces, and also enjoyed alfresco on the long mellow evenings of summer."

Britain's Best Gourmet Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"This small hotel on the side of Loch Linhe is so remote you just know it has to be good. The number of Americans who have made it here (two and a half hours from Glasgow Airport) is further proof that Airds is exceptional. Given that Americans get very little in the way of holiday every day has to count and so you won’t find them driving through the Trossachs National Park and Glencoe unless they’re sure of a fine meal at the end of it. Airds began life as an inn on the road to Port Appin. Appin is a gateway to islands like Lismore, Mull, Eigg and Rum. The low, whitewashed hotel has been in operation for 150 years but nowadays numbers only 11 bedrooms and suites as hotel rooms have grown bigger and gone ensuite. For the last 16 years the amiable hosts at Airds have been Jenny and Shaun McKivragan. If you can manage it, get them to give you a room with a loch view. From the window you’ll be able to watch the ever-changing weather on the lovely Morvern peninsula opposite.

At dinner time guests assemble in one of the two drawing rooms with their twin log fires, comfortable sofas and lots of original art. The feeling is rather like finding yourself staying at the home of a generous friend with good taste. After drinks and a look at the menu, dinner is served in a dining room that overlooks the quiet road down to the quayside. Service is amiable and even humorous at times, the tablecloths old fashioned in their crisp whiteness and the tasting menu makes the most of locally sourced Scottish meat and game. Airds’ restaurant has had a continuous presence in the Good Food guide for 40 years and in 2017 its seasonal dinner menu was recommended in the Michelin Guide in 2017.

A special mention should be made of breakfast at Airds which offers the opportunity to have whisky with your porridge, not an offer to be passed up lightly. I’m also very fond of the cuddly highland cattle doorstops which are placed on the bed in every room. If you want privacy just put Angus outside to guard your door."

10 Great Hotels for Romance this February by Adrian Mourby

"The team at this old whitewashed, loch-side inn are softies for romance. Recently when they overheard a guest proposing – and being accepted – over dinner they nipped upstairs and sprinkled the couple’s bed with rose petals. Airds is a delightful getaway with gorgeous views across to the Scottish Islands. It’s the kind of place where on a February afternoon you curl up with a good book in front of a roaring fire and decide you’re never going back to work.

Walks along Loch Linnhe have proved themselves a good pretext for romance and Shaun, the owner of Airds, has been known to give Cupid a helping hand, placing a bottle of champagne and two glasses further along the path. The location of the hotel is so remote there’s no danger that local ne’er-do-wells will have made off with it before the (soon to be) happy couple arrive."

Britain's Finest Hotels For Afternoon Tea by Adrian Mourby

"Situated in a tranquil spot on the west coast of Scotland, Airds lies at the end of a long, narrow road and enjoys lovely views over Loch Linnhe. Breakfasts at Airds are a delight with a generous portion of whisky in your porridge (on request). Dinner too is a treat with drinks before an open fire while you’re perusing the menu. It’s not surprising therefore that afternoon tea is a similarly foodie affair. All teas include warm scones with home-made jams and clotted cream, the hotel’s renowned fruit cake and lovely homemade shortbread biscuits. The tea selection includes Darjeeling, Assam, peppermint, lemon tea, Lapsang Souchong , and camomile. If you order the Champagne Tea you get a glass of Maillart, Premier Cru. Port Appin is one of those places where people go to relax and forget about the stresses of modern life. You’d never guess that in 1752 it was the scene of the Appin Murder, a notorious event that partly inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped."

Top ten UK hotels and Inns with cookery classes by Adrian Mourby

"Nestled between two lochs on Scotland’s west coast, Airds is a perfect Argyll weekend hideaway with big comfortable sofas, decanters of Whisky Mac in the bedrooms and lots of wonderful food. At various times of the year the hotel shares its culinary prowess with small groups of eight, always instilling in them the fun of learning. The theme of these weekends is usually how to prepare a successful dinner party. There is practical instruction too, with guests learning how to make something challenging, like a sugar cage. And there’s usually a lot of laughter heard coming out of the kitchen. Courses run over a weekend, starting on Friday night with a quick get together before dinner and the real work starting after breakfast on Saturday. This first day finishes around 4.30pm with an hour’s break for lunch. Work resumes in the kitchen on Sunday with guests departing after lunch. From £550 2 nights including dinner, bed and breakfast"

10 Hotels for Great Spring Country Walks by Adrian Mourby

"Airds is a small but extremely cozy hotel on the west coast of Scotland overlooking the ferry crossing to Lismore Island. A decanter of Whisky Mac (a traditional cocktail of whisky and ginger wine) awaits every guest and there are always drinks and canapés in the two drawing rooms Airds’ famous seven-course gourmet dinner in the modern restaurant extension. The next morning you’ll feel in need of a stroll, particularly after a generous helping of breakfast. Follow the road down to Port Appin, the tiny whitewashed dock from which a ferry still runs across to Lismore. From here you can continue all the way out to the headland of the small peninsula on which Port Appin sits before turning inland in the direction of Cliff Cottage and arriving at the back of the hotel through the woods. It’s a two-mile walk that has wonderful views across Loch Linhe. Be sure to take your camera."

The 10 Best Hotels for Visiting Scottish Distilleries by Adrian Mourby

"Ben Nevis – Airds: Ben Nevis Distillery was established in 1825, making it one of the oldest in Britain. The founder of this famous single malt was “Long John” MacDonald who named it after the mountain that provides its water. Water is one of the two essential ingredients of whisky, the other being barley but it is the supply of water flowing from two small lochans high up in the shoulder of Ben Nevis that makes this whisky so special. If you like the taste make sure you buy a bottle at the distillery. Ben Nevis is on sale at very few outlets. After your visit, drive 20 miles west towards the sea and Airds Hotel, a delightfully restored Highland inn at Port Appin on the Airds promontory. This is one of Scotland’s best boutique hotels with just eleven luxurious bedrooms, inside of which you’ll find a decanter of Whisky Mac (a warming Scots cocktail of whisky and ginger wine) waiting in every room. In the evening enjoy whisky and canapés in the well-upholstered drawing rooms before enjoying dinner in the modern restaurant extension. From here you can take a boat over to the islands of Mull or Skye and continue your exploration of Scotch whisky."

Ten Places to Stay Near Water by Kate Simon

"This 11-room hotel on Scotland’s west coast puts sublime views of placid lochs and the dramatic mountains on your doorstep. Just cross the road to pick up the path around the Appin peninsula to admire the Firth of Lorne or stroll along the banks of nearby Loch Laich to look out at Castle Stalker, cast adrift on its tiny islet."

Ten Historic Hotels in the Highlands by Adrian Mourby

"The earliest reference to this harbour hotel goes back to 1720 when there were 24 rooms and the customers were drovers en route to market in Glasgow. The years have been kind to Airds and today it revels in its Relais & Chateau status and sumptuous decor. The Airds House nearby in Appin was built in 1738 for Donald Campbell of Airds who commanded a pro-Hanoverian militia at the Battle of Culloden. Campbell of Airds is remembered for his leniency to the defeated Jacobites."

Ten Active Scottish Breaks by Kate Simon

"Get out the walking boots for a trip to this elegant 11-room hotel on the banks of Loch Linnhe. It’s the perfect place from which to stride out and explore the 12 surrounding munros - you could even try tackling Ben Nevis, just an hour up the road. At night reward your efforts with gourmet dining in the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant."

Information on Airds Hotel & Restaurant , Port Appin , Appin

No. of bedrooms: Total: 11        
Types of room: Standard Double, Superior Double, Large Superior Twin, Jnr Suite, Suite, 2 Bedroom Cottage
Room rates guide: Double/Twin:  £240.00-£408.00
Suites:  £370.00-£520.00
Room with Breakfast & Dinner
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome (dining restrictions apply for under 9s)
Dog Friendly:  Dogs Permitted (permitted in some bedrooms, not in public areas)
Romantic Details: Port Appin is a beautiful and romantic hamlet in the Highlands of Scotland
Eco Friendly: 3 Stars with Sustainable Restaurant Association
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Red Stars (Inspectors Choice), AA 3 Rosettes, Good Food Guide, VisitScotland Gold Award, Eat Scotland Gold Award
Room facilities: DVD player, Direct dial telephone, CD system in Loch Suite, Flat screen TV, Satellite channels, Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and cottage, Bathrobes, luxury toiletries, Complimentary daily newspaper, Tea & coffee tray on request, complimentary decanter of whisky
General facilities: Gardens, Award-winning restaurant, Two lounges, conservatory, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions for up to 40 guests, Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, Babysitting/Listening Services, DVD library available at reception, Heli-pad
Indoor activities: Board games
Outdoor activities on site: Small putting green, Croquet in garden, Other Boating, Sailing, Boating, Yachts, Horse Riding, Walking, Hiking, Scrambling
Activities nearby: Golf, Tennis courts at the bottom of the lane, Cinema - in Oban, Canoeing, Rafting,Canoeing,Kayaking,Rowing,Punting a short drive away, Scuba diving, Clay Shooting, Shooting, Stalking - all can be arranged locally, Climbing / Abseiling- largest indoor climbing centre within a 35 minute drive in Europe, Fishing, Mountain biking, bicycle hire, Rally karting, go-karting, Seaplane tours, driving tours, Wildlife watching
Local directions: From Edinburgh/Glasgow head for Crianlarich. At Crainlarich head north on the A82 through Glencoe. After Glencoe village turn right at mini roundabout and follow coast road (A828) south. After approx 20 mins turn right at signpost `Lismore Ferry & Port Appin´. The Hotel is located 2.5 miles on the left.
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Glasgow (90 miles) (2 hours, 15 mins)
Glasgow (90 miles) (2 hours, 15 mins)
Oban (20 miles) (35 mins)
Organisation(s): Relais & Châteaux

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Thu 01 Nov 2018 – Thu 28 Feb 2019

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Review of Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on by Judith BCustomer stayed Oct 2016

From the perfect welcome to the equallly perfect 'au revoir' the Airds hotel team gave of their best. Nothing was too much trouble. Every whim was catered for. Meals were utter perfection enhanced by beautiful china and other appointments.

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Posted on by Jenny BCustomer stayed Oct 2016

This small hotel sits in a lovely spot overlooking Loch Linnhe. The rooms are of variable size and position, but are very well appointed with lots of little extras, including a small decanter of whisky mac! The staff are very attentive and chatty, but do not hover at all. They always keep an eye open to see what is needed, even before you realise yourself what you need! The food is fantastic, and the attention to detail is superb. I mentioned that I prefer cheese to dessert, but don't eat unpasteurised cheese - so pasteurised was available each night. I also mentioned that I don't generally eat blue cheese, so when the nibbles arrived with pre-dinner drinks, this had been taken into account, and I was given one nibble minus the blue cheese which was usually a part of the dish - without my asking. Impressive. Often on leaving an expensive hotel, you can feel a little disappointed, feeling that you might have expected a bit more. Not here. I have left each time feeling glad to have stayed here, and looking forward to returning, and not resenting at all the cost, which is certainly not inconsiderable, but also not excessive and certainly worth it!

Review of Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on by Chris TCustomer stayed Oct 2016

Lovely hotel with wonderful food and beautiful views. However, what sets this hotel apart from so many other wonderful places was the fabulous service. We spent three weeks touring Scotland and Ireland staying in exquisite hotels. This hotel had the best service of all. The service was seamless, like things just occurred. The staff are wonderful, but it was more than that. I can't imagine how much thought and effort that goes into every guest and their every need, but it definitely showed. The food was very good also. The scallops and pasta was over the top outstanding, as were many more of the choices. We also loved the breakfasts. It is great location to enjoy Oban, enjoy the countryside, and take a boat ride to Islay.

Review of Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on by Ian MCustomer stayed Oct 2016

Very comfortable and welcoming,we truly felt like guests rather than visitors. The staff were attentive without being omnipresent. I have recommended the hotel to my real friends

Review of Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on by Adrian MCustomer stayed Oct 2016

Throughout our stay, the attention to detail in all aspects of the hotel was superb. The courteous and friendly nature of the staff, the impeccable but un-intrusive service in the dining room and the relaxed atmosphere all contributed to making our visit truly memorable

Review of Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on by Fiona MCustomer stayed Sep 2016

Airds is in a lovely location, well placed for visiting the local area. The hotel is very comfortable, the service excellent. The restaurant has lovely views and the food reflects its 3 AA rosettes


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