Experience nature in all its glory at Loch Melfort
This package is based on 2 sharing a standard Sea View room, 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast and 3-day wildlife-themed break. Prices from £680 per stay (£100 per child sharing a room).
Available April to October.
Only available by booking direct with the hotel.
Included in your three night stay:
- 3 Bed and Full Scottish Breakfasts
- 2 Dinners in our Restaurant
- 1 Dinner in our Bistro
- Entrance to Arduaine Garden
- Tickets for Corryvreckan Wildlife boat trip or, in poor weather, to Sea Life Centre
- Early or late breakfast available if you want to get up with the sun to catch the early morning wildlife
Prices start from £680 per stay in a standard Sea View room and £100 for children under 12 sharing parent’s room on a B&B basis.
The boat trip is weather dependent. The alternative will be free entry to the Scottish Sea Life Centre.
Call us on 01852 200 233 to book or complete our online booking enquiry form:
Please bear in mind that early booking of your trip is essential, particularly with regards to the Wildlife Trip, as these quality boat trips are very popular and book up quickly.
Start the morning by visiting NTS Arduaine Garden situated just down the path next to Loch Melfort Hotel, well known for its rhododendrons and spectacular views across to Mull and neighbouring islands. After a light lunch in The Bistro take a walk around the head of the loch, to the famous Wishing Tree in Melfort and over the hill to Ardmaddy Castle and Gardens or along the River Oude and Dam, where you may spot both Sea and Golden Eagles.
On your second day head south towards Crinan and visit Dunadd Hill Fort, once the capital of the early Scottish Kingdom of Dalriada and the site of inauguration for the early kings of Scotland. It now provides a spectacular view across the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve and on to the sea and islands in the distance. Carry on towards Tayvallich to see the beavers at Knapdale, introduced in 2009 as part of a conservation project. Next, visit Kilmartin Museum to learn more about the ancient glen – this makes a perfect stop for a coffee and homemade cake!
On your third day experience the jewel in the crown with a 2-3 hour Corryvreckan Wildlife trip from Seil Island, either with Sealife Adventures, Jenny Wren Boat Charter or Seafari Adventures Oban.
The Gulf of Corryvreckan is a narrow strip of water running between Jura and Islay, which at high tide causes a whirlpool – the third largest in the world! The islands you pass are populated with red deer, wild mountain goats and are the preferred resting spot for seals and otters, so a wildlife sighting is highly likely. Whales and porpoises are also often seen on these trips, especially in late summer. Afterwards, take a 2-minute trip by boat across to Easdale Island, an old slate quarry turned into a picturesque village and home to the world stone skimming championships in September.
Whilst you are out and about, look out for sightings to add to our online wildlife diary; from the shores of Asknish Bay a wide collection of birds from Herons and buzzards to Sea Eagles are all seen frequently flying and fishing.