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Hogmanay 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.…


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…


Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart

A new BBC nature documentary is starting tonight, Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart, depicts the beautiful wildlife and scenery of the Scottish Highlands. The programme will be shown tonight on BBC One Scotland, or on BBC Two for the rest of the UK, at 9pm. The documentary is narrated by Ewan McGregor and features stunning wildlife photography…


The Amphitheatre

On purchasing Ardanaiseig in 1995 Bennie Gray felt that there was a real spirit to the hotel, and a resonance to the grounds and gardens – the sense of ancient happenings long forgotten. It is certainly easy to feel irrelevant among the wild surroundings of the hotel, and imagine what may have been. In fact,…


Cycling at Ardanaiseig

Here at Ardanaiseig, we’re very lucky to be located in amongst some really beautiful Scottish scenery. From the deep, mysterious woodland on our doorstep, to mountains and lochs that form the backdrop to rolling hills of heather. As well as taking a walk around our grounds or one of our rowing boats out on Loch…


Ardanaiseig’s Spring Refurbishment

We are very excited to announce that Ardanaiseig has been through a big refurbishment. From the driveway being fixed, to repainting and redecoration inside the hotel, it was all orchestrated by our designer Finlay McLay. While new carpet was being fitted in the hotel, Finlay discovered two beautiful original oak staircases which have been restored…


Hogmanay in the Highlands

As the start of autumn brings darker nights and shorter days, we turn our attention to the upcoming festive season and here at Ardanaiseig, we’re really excited about our Hogmanay plans. If you’d like to join us up here for a good ol’ knees up alongside some delicious food, celebratory champagne and spectacular views of…


Photography at Ardanaiseig

The mountains, valleys, lochs and gardens up here in the Highlands are truly a photographer’s paradise. It’s easy to get lost down a pathway lined with rhododendrons, ferns and babbling burns with just a camera and a sense of adventure. But what about those budding photographers who need a few pointers before getting out there…


Summer fun at Ardanaiseig

With summer in full swing and some lovely weather upon us, we have put together five fun activities you can do to enjoy the great outdoors during your stay at Ardanaiseig.   Take a boat out on the loch At 38.5 square kilometres, Loch Awe is the third largest freshwater loch in Scotland, so there…


A Night In The Bar

You can be sure of a warm welcome in the bar at Ardanaiseig, with our knowledgeable staff ready to serve up a selection of aged whiskys, fine wines, artisan beers, fun mocktails and tasty teas. If you’re looking for recommendations, our food and beverage manager Jamie knows his stuff. One of the first things he…


Staff Spotlight – Sebastien Gouwy

Sebastien Gouwy – Department: Kitchen Sebastien has been part of the kitchen brigade at Ardanaiseig on and off since 7th May 2003 and if there’s anyone around here who has the inside track on Highland adventures, it’s him. From cycling and fishing to climbing Ben Cruachan, Sebastien likes to keep busy by taking full advantage…


Two new menus at Ardanaiseig

At Ardanaiseig we are always looking for ways to improve on our fantastic dining experience, which is why we are pleased to announce two brand new menus that guarantee you a sensory sensation! Our first new addition is a three course A La Carte menu, which gives you the freedom to choose your personal favourites…


Rita Nowak’s ‘In Ardanaiseig’ exhibition in Vienna, Austria

The talented photographer Rita Nowak’s wonderful exhibition, ‘In Ardanaiseig’, is currently on display at the Viertelneun Gallery in Vienna. The title ‘In Ardanaiseig’ comes from Rita’s experience at the hotel last year. She believes Ardanaiseig represents a magical far away place which triggered her imagination, and inspired her. This is shown through the title image,…


Wedding Fair Review

What a fantastic turnout we had at the Ardanaiseig wedding fair! We would like to thank everybody who attended. We had great feedback and hope you enjoyed receiving a warm Scottish welcome from our piper. The exhibitor stands all looked wonderful and the dining room set the scene with a wedding breakfast layout. Who could ask…


Three nights for Two

Extend your break with an extra night at Ardanaiseig this autumn and winter. It’s on us.  Our offer is based on two people sharing a bedroom for three nights and includes breakfasts. Valid during November & December 2013.

Master Loch View: £699.00 | Now: £466.00

Master Garden View: £624.00 | Now: £416.00

Double Garden View: £531.00 | Now: £354.00

Whisky Wisdom

What better way to toast your autumn break than sipping a dram of whisky? Take a seat next to one of the toasty log fires in our bar and compare the finer points of our drinks with our complimentary whisky tasting. A classic nightcap to conclude a delicious gourmet meal in our award-winning restaurant. Receive…


Gourmet Delights

Prices are based on a two-night stay during November & December 2013 for two people sharing one bedroom. The offer includes full Scottish breakfasts on both mornings and a five-course gourmet dinner on one of the nights, plus entry to Inverawe Smokehouses exhibitions. Master Bedroom Loch View: £736.00 | Now: £500.00 Master Bedroom Garden View: £676.00 | Now: £450.00…