Eriska is magical: a private island where peace wraps around you like a tartan blanket. A wonderfully rumbly old bridge connects the mainland to the island and its Scottish Baronial Big House, built in 1884. Staying here is much like visiting a grand, old-fashioned private house, with its panelled great hall and roaring log fires. In the library-cum-bar you can browse the books with a malt whisky in hand, or play the piano. After a fine dinner, served in the smart dining room, morning room and adjoining conservatory, guests gather for an Eriska exclusive: badgers feeding on bread and skimmed milk right in front of them on the terrace. There’s plenty to do: a nine-hole, professionally designed golf course, a spa and leisure centre and – perfect for rainy days – a gleaming multi-purpose sports hall. But, above all, there’s the island itself, all yours, with its seals, otters and dreamlike views. Doubles from £350.
Name to Know: Head chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant, Paul Leonard. Ask him about his kitchen garden and the sourcing of ingredients from the island and local suppliers.
See: Explore the 300-acre private island, meander through the flora, fauna and wildlife while taking in the dramatic views of the islands and Morvern Mountains.
Eat: The ultimate Michelin experience, enjoy the hotel’s seven-course tasting menu with paired wines finished with our famous farmhouse cheese trolley with over 40 variations of cheese.
Buy: Your own piece of Isle of Eriska, membership to the luxury Hilltop Reserves.