Activities at Ardanaiseig
The Highlands is one of Scotland’s most famous attractions, adored by walkers. But there’s plenty to do if you would rather leave your hiking boots at home. Test your aim with a spot of clay pigeon shooting in our private grounds, see if you can catch one of the famously large ferox trout in Loch Awe, become an expert on the local cuisine. There’s a variety of options. For the days when you can’t wait to explore, we will help you discover a different side to the Highlands.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay pigeon shooting is available on site, with all the necessary equipment provided. This is a particularly popular way to entertain large wedding parties but can also be arranged for individuals and smaller groups.
Wild deer have been hunted for sport and food in Scotland for hundreds of years. Today, deer populations are carefully managed to prevent damage to forestry and wildlife. The objective is to cull the oldest and weakest deer rather than to hunt for trophy heads.
Guests at Ardanaiseig not only enjoy fresh, local, wild venison in the restaurant, but can also play a part in the deer management process. If you are interested in deer stalking as part of your stay, please contact us in advance so that we can make all the necessary arrangements with the Ghillie.
Loch Awe is one of Argyll’s most popular Lochs for angling and has a great deal to offer both game and coarse fishermen, seasoned or novice. The loch is 26 miles long, up to 1 mile wide and up to 300ft deep – and offers a rich natural feeding area. It is famous for its huge ferox (brown) trout – but rainbow trout, sea trout, salmon, perch, pike, arctic char and eels can also be caught small fishing boat at Ardanaiseig.
If you’re not bringing your own boat, we can help you to secure something suitable. We can also help you obtain the necessary equipment and permits, and arrange a professional guide or fishing lessons. For more information see www.loch-awe.com.
Active & Adventure Activities
The Highlands are ideal for walking, hiking, orienteering, cycling, horse-riding, climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, gorge scrambling, canyoning, coastearing – and so much more. Stramash, Sea Freedom Kayak, and the National Kayak School are just a few of the local activity providers. As always, we would be happy to help make tailored arrangements for you.
Highland Games & Scottish Traditions
Highland Games, which have their origins in the Scottish clan system, date back 300 years and continue to take place across Scotland between May and September each year. People from all over the world compete in heavy events such as the caber toss, as well as athletics, piping, drumming and dancing. Spectators often enjoy a picnic and a ‘wee dram’ whilst they soak up the celebratory atmosphere.
Food & Drink Experience
Away from the gourmet cuisine and well stocked bar at Ardanaiseig there are a variety of places nearby to sample some of the finest food and drink that the Highlands has to offer. Why not visit the Inverawe Smokery for fresh Scottish salmon and other delights, The Oban Distillery for an authentic Scottish whisky experience or the Oban Chocolate Factory?
For the complete, luxury gastronomic experience however, you might select our Fine Food & Whisky Experience – a tailored touring package with Lord Andrew Gray. During the course of your stay Andrew will chauffeur you around your preferred combination of Scottish whisky distilleries, breweries and fine food establishments, returning you each evening for another dinner by Cornel Uys.
"I am having a thrilling time here in Scotland. Whether you’re shooting clay pigeons or having a walk in the dense, gloomy forest, the fun factor is still 10/10! The hotel is stunning! The food delicious! The forest is beautiful! What’s not to like?"