Loch Etive. Attribution: Jamie Campbell

Jewels of the Highlands: Glen Etive

  The namesake of our Master Garden View room Etive, Glen Etive and its river and loch are quiet treasures of the Highlands. Located north of Ardanaiseig in Glencoe, Glen Etive features the two munro mountains Buachaille Etive Mòr, a 1,021m-high peak affectionately known as the Great Herdsman of Etive, and Buachaille Etive Beag, a…

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Award Nomination! Catering Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards

Ardanaiseig is thrilled to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the title of the country’s top hotel in Scotland’s most prestigious hospitality competition, the Catering Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards. We are one of three proud finalists in the category of Best Independent Hotel. Our lovely General Manager Annabel Gregory commented: “Entrants for these awards include some of Scotland’s…

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Jewels of Loch Awe: Kilchurn Castle

  As anyone who has visited Ardanaiseig will know, that view over Loch Awe of the crannog, Ben Lui, and the surrounding mountains is really something special. However as a 41 km-long body of water, the view from Ardanaiseig only shows off a small, though spectacular, part of the loch. If you travel to Loch…

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Room With A View – Ben Lui

  Master Loch View room Ben Lui   Ardanaiseig’s Master Loch View room Ben Lui takes its name from the Munro that can be seen through its window. An eye-catching part of Loch Awe’s beautiful backdrop, the 3,710ft high mountain is one of the most stunning of the Southern Highlands.   Ben Lui seen clearly…

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Hogmanay 2016 at Ardanaiseig

Hogmanay is the Scottish celebration of New Year’s Eve. Common traditions are ceilidh dancing and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”, which is a Scots poem by Robert Burns. A custom which is less well-known is first-footing, which involves being the first person to visit a friend or neighbour and ‘cross the threshold’ of their land or property.…

Ben Cruachan ridge (photo courtesy of Ardanaiseig Hotel kitchen team member Sebastien Gouwy)

Ben Cruachan: The Hollow Mountain

If you’ve stayed with us before, you’ll know that each bedroom at Ardanaiseig has its own name. Over a series of blog posts, we’ll be exploring each room in turn, uncovering how it got its name and what makes it unique. For the first in the series, we’ll start with Cruachan, a Master Loch View…

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Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Awards

We are proud to have been awarded the Good Hotel Guide Awards 2017’s much-coveted Editor’s Choice Award for both Romantic Hotel 2017 and Country House Hotel 2017! The Good Hotel Guide is the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland and prides itself on being completely impartial. The Guide says of Ardanaiseig…

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Rowan Berry and Crab Apple Jelly Recipe

It’s that time of year again. The greenery around Ardanaiseig is punctuated with the red and orange of rowan berries and crab apples, and we think it’s a perfect excuse to go foraging.   What’s more, crab apples are high in pectin, a naturally occurring substance that, when combined with sugar and heated, helps thicken…

The Royal Mile during the EFF

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival is now in full swing! Taking place between 5 and 29 August 2016, there is a fantastic range of comedians and artists performing this year, with over 3,000 acts in total. The EFF is the largest arts festival in the world and has been running since 1947, taking place every…