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5 Great… Outdoor Activities

April 23, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

1. Fishing The waters off Oban are noted for large and specimen fish and have yielded many Scottish records. The Scottish record hake was caught in Loch Etive, while the waters around Mull have seen record angler fish, streaked gurnard, spurdog, wrasse, and, most notably, skate. In 1997 a new European record skate was caught ...

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The Hiking Song – Islands of Scotland

April 23, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

With Oban known as the gateway to the Isles, Loch Melfort is in a perfect position to act as a stop off before visiting a good number of islands. One of our current guests learnt the below song as a child and has always wanted to visit all of the 15 islands listed. Our Reception ...

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Thank you from Angela

April 14, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

We celebrated Receptionist Angela Milton’s retirement, after 46 years service, on Sunday with a surprise get together of friends, colleagues and ex colleagues. We were inundated with  with messages of good wishes which we were inundated with from guests and staff, which brought back many memories for Angela – thank you to everyone who took ...

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Festival of Rhododendrons

April 11, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

This year is the first Scottish Festival of Rhododendrons organised by the Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute. To celebrate, our neighbours Arduaine Garden are having a guided tour with Head Gardner Maurice Wilkins, 26th April, 2:30pm Throughout Argyll events will be taking place in special gardens between 1st April and 31st May such as exhibitions, crafts, ...

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5 Great… Wildlife

April 4, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Scotland is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Being by the the sea, and with a coastline longer than France’s, Argyll is a great place to spot sea wildlife you may not see elsewhere.  1. Golden and Sea Eagles: The golden Eagle is the UK’s 2nd largest bird of prey with a wingspan of 2 ...

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Sealife Adventures Update

April 4, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Porpoise 2 is back in the water after six weeks being polished, painted, pampered and new toys fitted. It’s great to have her back on the pontoon and we are looking forward to a wonderful season. Yesterday we had our first wildlife trip and it was just amazing! We saw both local pairs of sea ...

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Easter Egg Trail – Arduaine Garden

March 24, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Once again Arduaine Garden is taking part in Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail – Friday 3rd – Monday 6th April. On Easter Sunday there will also be special kids’ activities in the garden between 12:30pm and 4:30pm, including face painting, storytelling,  (hard-boiled) egg throwing and maybe more! Chartroom Ceilidh band will be performing. Normal admission prices ...

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5 Great… Argyll Castles

March 14, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

1. Kilchurn Castle One of Scotland’s iconic castles, Kilchurn sits at the northern tip of Loch Awe. Built around 1450 by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, Kilchurn’s architecture started to change in 1690s. In 1681, Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy was made first Earl of Breadalbane and spent much of the 1690s converting Kilchurn Castle into a modern barracks capable ...

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5 Great… Boat Trips

March 8, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

The West Coast of Scotland is the perfect place to see wildlife and the third largest whirlpool in the world, the Corryvreckan. There is no shortage of boat charters that run whale watching cruises lasting from between 2-5 hours. The most popular trips will usually start by cruising around some of the inner islands such as ...

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Argyll – Did You Know?

March 7, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Mull is one of the best places in Europe to enjoy unique and spectacular views of white tailed sea eagles and other birds of prey Jura is one of Scotland’s last wildernesses and there are over 200 people living on the same island as over 5000 deer Mount Stuart on Bute, with its extensive gardens ...

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