Christmas is creeping up fast, with most people just realising that there’s really not that long left until the big day. Flanked by romantic coastlines and spectacular Scottish Highland views, Loch Melfort Hotel is lucky enough to be surrounded by the finest producers of authentic Scottish themed gifts. To make the festive season a little easier for you, we’ve pulled together 10 unique Christmas gifts from Scotland. They’re guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your loved ones.
Named after one of the West Highland Way’s treacherous treks, the Devils Staircase handcrafted gin is made in tiny 80 bottle batches. Each bottle is made in Scotland; bottled, labelled, numbered and signed by the hand of Pixel Spirit’s Master Distiller. To add an extra Scottish feel to the gin, the label design was been created by legendary Scottish illustrator, Iain McIntosh.
They say there’s no better way to a man (or woman’s) heart than with food. Treat your loved one to a relaxing Scottish afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones, shortbread and more. Tea will be served in our lounge, with stunning views across Asknish Bay.
Looking to impress with unusual Christmas gifts this year? It doesn’t get much more unusual some of the flavours in the Oban Chocolate Co.’s build you own boxes. Alongside all the usual traditional flavours, take your pick from inventive newbies such as Cranachan truffles, Pear William, Peanut butter/jelly and even Marmite!
Established in 1794, the Oban Distillery is known for its 14-year-old malt; described as having a flavour somewhere between the dry, smoky Scottish isle’s style and and the lighter, sweeter taste of Highlands malts. Located in the picturesque cliffs of Oban, the distillery tours start at £10, which includes two whisky tastings, a nosing glass and a £5 discount off 70cl bottles in the distillery shop.
At first glance, the detail in this necklace could be mistaken for glistening simple shapes. However, take a second look and you’ll see the Isle of Mull landscape crafted into the lightweight aluminium materials. A real statement Scottish present for art and jewellery lovers. The pendant is hypo-allergenic.
Is there anything more exciting than giving someone a trip to the world’s 3rd largest Whirlpool? The ultimate in unusual Scottish gifts, these vouchers entitle the holder to a trip of a lifetime, visiting the dramatic Gulf of Corryvreckan. Here visitors will get the opportunity to witness the flow of water as it reaches peak velocity; a sight that they’ll never forget.
Did you know that our hotel is dog friendly? If you love your dog as much as we do, why not get them a truly stylish Scottish gift for their holidays? We adore MY MCDAWG’s tweed doggy collars. Each one is handmade to order and is made of warm, breathable luxury Tweed. The company founders were brought up on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. This is one of only four islands that is allowed to produce Harris Tweed!
If a distillery tour is a little out of reach, then surely the next best thing is to bring the distillery to your home? Oban has the perfect climate for whisky production; mild and temperate, warmed by the Gulf Stream. The weather gives the West coast whisky a misty character, with a background of heather and peat.
From October to April, you can treat your beloved to a stay in our country house hotel, complete with sea view bedroom. Guests can spend the day exploring the coastlines and surrounding Arduaine Gardens, before retiring to our relaxing lounge with deep sofas and a toasty fireplace. A full Scottish breakfast is included in the stay.
For those who love exploring the great outdoors, this book includes easy maps and information about some of Scotland best walks, hills and mountains. The book is split into geographical sections, making it easier to narrow down nearby places. Alongside detailed accounts of directions, this charming little stocking filler also includes fascinating insights into the geology, fauna and wildlife that walkers are likely to encounter.
*All prices correct at time of publication
Black Friday Gift Voucher Deal
This Friday, 23rd November until Monday 26th get 20% off all* Loch Melfort Hotel’s gift vouchers – simply use the code BLACKFRI at checkout.
*Excludes monetary vouchers