Ardanaiseig is a great point from which to explore all that Argyll and the Highlands have to offer, from the seaside town of Oban to the picturesque Kilchurn Castle. If you’re looking for ideas for a day out or special occasion, let us know and we’ll help inspire you! We can even pack you a picnic to help you make the most of your time in the great Scottish outdoors.

Ben Cruachan

Overlooking Ardanaiseig is Ben Cruachan; a 1126m mountain that is the highest point in Argyll and Bute. One of the Highlands’ finest Munros, it is the highest of a grand range of sharp peaks between Loch Awe and Loch Etive and is fantastic for hiking enthusiasts. It also gives its name to the Cruachan Dam, a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station lying deep within the mountain.

Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle

Visit one of Scotland’s most photographed castles. From Ardanaiseig, it is approximately 1 hour by car, or better still, rent one of our boats that will take you across the loch in 30 minutes.


A 40 minute drive from Ardanaiseig is the resort town of Oban, located within the Argyll and Bute area. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. Oban is perfect for a day out by the sea, where visitors can enjoy boat trips, sea life watching or even whisky tasting at the Oban Distillery.

Cruachan Reservoir

The Ben Cruachan gives its name to the Cruachan Dam, one of the country’s most amazing engineering achievements; a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station lying deep within the mountain. Located only 45 minutes from Ardanaiseig by car.


Inveraray is a town on the western shore of Loch Fyne – roughly an hour’s drive from the hotel – and is home to Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell. One of the most iconic castles in Scotland, it features recently opened gardens, a woodland walk and a traditional tearoom.

Taynuilt Golf Club

Founded in 1987, this is a challenging 9-hole parkland course located close to the base of Ben Cruachan and with stunning views of Loch Etive.

Dunnstaffnage Castle

40 minutes from Ardanaiseig is the partially ruined Dunnstaffnage Castle. Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the stronghold of the MacDougalls. It can now be enjoyed for its fantastic views across boats, woodlands and the bridge over the Falls of Lora.

Bonawe Iron Furnace

Founded in 1753, Bonawe is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain and is located at the head of Loch Etive under half an hour by car from Ardanaiseig. The Furnace now features displays which bring to life the industrial heritage of the area and illustrate how pig iron was made.