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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

Close your eyes and imagine a picture-perfect, Highland hotel – the image you’ve conjured up probably resembles the Ardanaiseig.   

Built in the Scottish baronial style, this romantic, creeper-clad, turreted, grey stone beauty on the shore of a dreamy loch, is straight out of a fairytale, with huge sash windows, roaring fires and antiques scattered around.  

Bedrooms are flamboyant – bold boudoir reds, four-posters and roll-top baths, with every activity you could crave on your doorstep, from deer stalking to wildlife photography. For a more contemporary feel and total privacy book the Boat Shed.  

There’s no spa but you can book a therapist for an in-room treatment, from a vigorous Swedish massage to relaxing Indian Head massage. 

Right on the loch this state-of-the-art timber and glass construction is a romantic bolthole. 

Surrounding area

Lochs and mountains – and little else: you are in the heart of the Highlands. Step outside and you are surrounded by wooded grounds, the loch in front of you. 

The hotel is on a peninsula jutting out into Loch Awe, the largest freshwater loch in Scotland. It’s reached via a single-track road from the hamlet of Kilchrenan, from where another single-track road winds back six miles to the main A85 between Oban and Crianlarich.  

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom (UK)

Magnificent mountain scenery slashed by silvery lochs and peppered with brooding castles: all laden with rich Scottish heritage, history and tradition.

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