Airds Hotel & Restaurant, Port Appin, Scotland

The ideal place for fine food, uplifting views and total relaxation

Airds, hotel exterior from garden

Airds Hotel from the Garden

Airds at Dusk

Airds at Dusk

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Early Winter Lochside

Airds view from breakfast table

Airds View from Breakfast Table

Airds Lounge with fire

Airds Lounge with Fire

Airds sunset view from restaurant

Airds Sunset View from the Restaurant

Airds Master Suite 2696

Airds Master Suite

For a combination of creature comforts and perfect tranquillity in glorious surroundings, it would be hard to improve on Airds Hotel & Restaurant, home of good living on the Scottish Highlands’ fabled west coast.  In the sleepy fishing hamlet of Port Appin, near Oban, Airds looks across Loch Linnhe to the Morvern Mountains.

Transforming the 17th-century ferry inn into today’s refined haven is the achievement of owners, Jenny and Shaun McKivragan and their loyal general manager Robert Mckay, whose skills and personal charm have created a cosy ambience with a flawless mix of contemporary design flair and classic Scottish elegance.  Attention to detail is a hallmark of their determination to offer total comfort.  No wonder Airds finds a place in the UK’s leading hotel collection, Pride of Britain, as well as the exclusive Relais & Chateaux and Connoisseurs Scotland portfolios.

Consistently featured in the Good Food Guide for more than a quarter of a century, Airds has all takes to tempt and satisfy the gourmet, starting with an abundance of fresh local produce of the highest quality.  The collective talents of the award-winning kitchen team delivers consistently outstanding menus created on the principle of ‘fresh, local and simple’.  Fish and seafood, Scottish-reared meat and local cheese are failsafe staples, while for an epicurean treat, the chef’s 7-course seasonal tasting menu comes with the option of wine pairing with each dish.  Given 24 hours’ notice, every dietary requirement is catered for.

Airds is open all year and every season has its special charm.  In spring the meadows are alive with burgeoning plant life.  Summer lends itself to picnics and boat trips on the loch or to nearby Hebridean Islands such as Iona or Mull, followed by a sundowner in the garden before dinner.  As autumn sets in, the hills are a red and gold tapestry reflected in the Loch.  And, on a winter visit, the snow-capped mountains of Argyll make a magical backdrop for unforgettable memories and perfect photos.

In fine weather the surrounding area is an inviting playground for all ages, with limitless scope for walking, hiking and cycling – as leisurely or strenuous as you like.  In winter, the ski slopes of Glencoe are less than an hour away.  Or why not let the others exhaust themselves, while you get stuck into a good book and a comfy sofa in front of the fire, or a quiet corner of the garden.

Hiking, cycling and walking aside there is a wealth of local activities to enjoy including Segway riding, indoor climbing, bowling, and visits to castles, gardens, distilleries, beauty spots and eagle-spotting opportunities – along with guillemots, seals and dolphins.

Reservations or call 01631 730 236

  • 13 rooms/suites from £166 per person per night (minimum 3-night mid-week stay based on 2 sharing ½-board); 2 cottages from £915 per week (sleep 4, self-catering)
  • Dining offer, weekday lunch from £39 for a 3-course menu and a glass of wine
  • Seasonal Tasting Menu £82 per person / Tasting Wines £42.50 per person
  • Pets welcome, £10 per night supplement