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Take a Loch at Melfort

Set in a tranquil location on the banks of a beautiful Scottish loch, the Loch Melfort Hotel has all the trademarks of a quality spot to enjoy a well earned weekend break.

With a variety of warm and welcoming rooms, the hotel offers a selection of accommodation catering for residents of all ages – including those keen to bring their dogs along.

It’s no surprise really as the beautiful, picturesque surroundings are a dog walker’s dream – and perfect for anyone desperate to escape the rat race of the city and do a bit of countryside exploring.

Local landmarks within easy reach include the Island of Seil, Dunstaffage Castle, and Arduaine Gardens.

About half an hour away is the town of Oban where you’ll find pubs, shops and restaurants.

The food in the hotel itself certainly isn’t too shabby.

They offer a fine dining restaurant specialising in fresh fish.

We enjoyed a soft serving of scallops in seawater and a platter of oysters.

Other favourites include duck and guinea fowl, all cooked impeccably to order, and accompanied by some delicious sides including tasty crispy potatoes, and fresh vegetables. For families or those with young children, the bistro caters for all tastes and offers smaller portions as well as an informal setting. For drinks fans, the whisky bar offers a fine selection of treats, ranging from the refined to the expert.

Sitting by the warm log fire with a newspaper or book is one of the finest ways to spend a Saturday evening.

Though if that’s not for you, then there are a host of homely pubs nearby offering a huge variety of local ale and the opportunity to practice your pool skills.

A good breakfast will certainly soak up your night – and the full fry up is certainly divine, complete with succulent tomatoes and hearty bacon strips.

Just one thing to consider.

Although the local bus system is relatively good, it’s an idea to take a car if you’re heading to this part of the country. The terrain can be a bit bumpy, and senior visitors are probably best to experience the local life at their own pace.

Public services are also less frequent on Sundays, so if you want to make the most of your weekend, it’s a good idea to have your own set of wheels.

The possibilities are endless, and the Loch Melfort offers something for everyone.

Whether you’re after a quiet weekend with your partner, or a family bonding experience with your youngsters, this is the place to do it.

From Paisley People, 12/10/10