Restaurant at Isle of Eriska
“Classic and refined – depth of flavour is the key here, paired with the locality of ingredients.” - AA Inspector
ERISKA, ARGYLL & BUTE
Our Inspector's view
It may be just a short drive north of Oban, but this Victorian, baronial-style country house on its own 300-acre private island exudes an exclusivity factor that makes you feel you should arrive by helicopter. Add in a nine-hole golf course, a serious spa and leisure package, and the undeniable magic of the gorgeous views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the dramatic Morvern mountains beyond, and you’re in for a truly unique and memorable experience. Seriously good food is, of course, a major part of the deal with refined, classically based cooking grounded firmly in the abundant regional larder. A well-balanced starter brings superb scallops offset by grapefruit-glazed sea kale and citrus butter sauce, while main-course saddle of roe deer is supported by baked celeriac, morels, spelt and green pepper sauce. Presentation, right through to a dessert of poached Yorkshire rhubarb with white chocolate mousse and rhubarb and ginger sorbet, is impeccable.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Cuisine style: Classic
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About the area
Discover Argyll & Bute
This is a county that’s all about awe-inspiring landscapes and unique island cultures. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney put the area on the map when he wrote Mull of Kintyre, recorded in 1977 with the local pipe band backing his group. Kintyre is a long, thin peninsula that points south from the mainland, sheltering the mouth of the Firth of Clyde from the open sea. It’s very nearly an island, with just a narrow isthmus connecting it with Knapdale, to the north.
Tucked away at the end of the Firth of Clyde, Bute has been the holiday playground for generations of Glaswegians and is home to some of the finest golden beaches anywhere on the west coast. It may not boast the wild mountain grandeur of some of Scotland’s other islands, but Bute is blessed with swathes of heathery moorland and a range of low, fertile hills, perfect for walking and studying the local wildlife. Such is the variety of landscapes that make up this county.
To experience the sights and sounds of the area, visit Dunoon in late August for the Cowal Highland Gathering, when more than 150 pipe bands from all over the world compete for prestigious trophies.
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