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Scottish Beaver Trial Update – August 2010

The Scottish Beaver Trial has announced the exciting news that the fist beaver kits have been born. Although they are a few months old, they have only recently been spotted as beavers are shy and mainly nocturnal, and the young kits typically emerge from the lodge after a few months. Two kits from different families ...

Three Men in a Boat go Sailing at Loch Melfort

The start of the annual West Highland Yachting Week was made all the more exciting yesterday with the addition of a yacht being sailed by the men from BBC’s Three Men in a Boat fame. Griff Rhys Jones, Dara O’Briain and Rory McGrath are racing the Croabh Haven to Oban leg of the famous race ...

Helicopter Causes Excitement

Guests arriving at Loch Melfort Hotel by helicopter always cause a stir and not just to the grass in the field in which they land. The three highland cattle mooed dramatically as it landed, thinking that a red and green monster was after them. Hugh just wanted to climb in it and be a helicopter ...

Arduaine Garden Bat Box Installation

Head gardener Maurice Wilkes and Rick Potter from the Arduaine Garden Support Group helped local school children from Craignish Primary School install bat and squirrel boxes into Arduaine garden today. This is a joint project to encourage more children to take an interest and visit the garden, along with educational benefit and, of course, creating ...

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2010 in Fort William

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup takes place in Fort William on 5/6 June and will see the world’s best riders take on one of the toughest Downhill and 4x challenges in the world. The Fort William courses are consistently voted the best in the world for their tough rock gardens and drop-offs, not to ...

Marvellous May

Stunning weather in Argyll has made it perfect for messing about on boats. Alice and Chris arrived by boat last Saturday to celebrate their wedding and had to compete with a myriad of other sailors in the perfect waters outside the hotel – not least our own Hugh Ross who had his first trip in ...

New Beavers Introduced to Knapdale Forest

On May 4, the Scottish Beaver Trial released into the wild a further two beavers (one male, one female) at a secret location in Knapdale Forest not far from Loch Melfort. In May 2009, 11 beavers were released and are thriving in their new home and it’s hoped that the new additions will quickly and ...

Festival of the Sea

The Festival of the Sea is a exciting new event which takes place between May 21-31. The Oban and Lorne area is dominated by the the influence of the sea, and for the first time the local community will come together in a series of events to celebrate the sea, explore its heritage, and highlight ...

2010 Small Country Hotel of the Year Winners

Loch Melfort have won yet another award! The Scottish Hotel Awards ceremony was held on April 25th and we were awarded Small Country House Hotel of the Year in one of the main National Excellence categories. In the last 6 months Loch Melfort Hotel were also winners in the HRS Hotel Excellence Awards for Excellent ...

Easter Eggstravaganza

A sunny Easter Eggstravaganza was held recently at the NTS Arduaine Garden next door to Loch Melfort Hotel. A fabulous sunny day really helped boost the numbers coming to visit and join in the Cadbury Easter Egg trail and the extra Easter activites put on by the Arduaine Garden Support Group. Face painting, easter egg ...

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