Oban Winter Festival: 16th – 25th November 2012

November 12th, 2012

Once again Oban is hosting a Winter Festival fortnight in November to get you ready for the coming festive season. All the main businesses in Oban are taking part such as; Dunollie Castle ‘The 1745 house’ with castle tours, carriage rides and cream teas most days, Oban Phoenix Cinema is showcasing family classics such as Polar Express and The Railway Children.

Winter fun in the snow at Loch Melfort Hotel.

Winter fun in the snow at Loch Melfort Hotel.

Atlantis Sports Centre and Kilbowie Outdoor Centre have a range of activities such as express skating, gorge walking and dry slope skiing whilst The War and Peace Museum is open daily for tours.

The fortnight is finished off with a lantern parade leaving from Corran Halls. If you wish to visit and fancy making a weekend of it, check out our Special Offers or phone us on 01852 200 233 direct to grab a bargain.

Friday 16th

Ballet West ‘Winter Wonderland’ 7pm Corran Halls £10/£8
Art Auction Regent Hotel 7pm
Pipe Band Family Ceilidh Argyllshire Gathering £7.50/£5
Festival Film ‘Harry Potter’ Oban Cinema £5/£4 (come dressed as a character from the book)
Atlantis Express skating 12-6 £3.50 Family ticket £10.00

Saturday 17th

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm, free
Food and Drink Market, Oban Distillery 10.30-4pm free
Dry Ski Slope Kilbowie Outdoor Centre 9.30-12.30pm
1.30-4.30pm £8 book on 01631 563287
Gorge Walking Kilbowie Outdoor Centre £8
Cycling Kilbowie Outdoor Centre £8
Victorian Market and Food Stalls Caledonian Hotel 2-7pm
Reindeer Parade down George Street to Station Square leaving Corran Halls 5pm
Festival Film Happy Feet Oban Cinema 1pm £5/£4
Little Women Oban Cinema 3pm £5/£4
Roller Express Atlantis Leisure 10am-6pm

Sunday 18th

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm, free
Winter Wonderland with Live Wood Carving, Sea Life Centre 10-5pm £5
Festival Film Polar Express Oban Cinema 3.30 £3
Castle Tours, carriage rides & cream teas, Dunollie House 1pm & 3pm £3
Cook-a-long with kids Alex Needham at The Waterfront Restaurant

Monday 19th

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm, free
Victorian Puddings Workshop Dunollie House book 570550 2pm £5
Sequence Choir In Concert Corran Halls
Christmas Canapé Ideas Kitchen Garden 7pm £5
Art Exhibition: Competition entries
Festival Film 39 Steps 7pm £5/£4

Tuesday 20th November

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm admission free
Sam’s Student Lecture part 2 Oban Cinema 7pm free
Festival Film Gangs of New York Oban Cinema 8.30pm £5/£4
Art Exhibition: Competition entries
Cocktail Master class Sloan’s 7pm £10

Wednesday 21st November

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm admission free
Music Workshops Corran Halls
Christmas Flower Demonstration Argyllshire Gathering 7.30 £10
Great Train Robbery Oban Cinema 8.30 £5/£4
Bruce MacGregor in Concert Corran Halls 7.30 £12/10

Thursday 22nd

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm, free
Gaelic Carols by Candlelight Dunollie House 7.30 £10
Music Workshop Corran Halls
Chocolate Shop Late Opening Tasting Music and Demonstrations Open ‘till 9pm
Festival Film Gone with the Wind Oban Cinema 1pm & 8pm £5/£4
Festival Film Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows 5.30 £5/£4

Friday 23rd

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm, free
Vintage Fashion Show Glencruitten Church Hall 7.30 £10
Ghost Walk Dunollie House 7pm £5/£2.50
Lecture by Dr H Style 7.30pm
Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Corran Halls

Saturday 24th

War & Peace Museum open daily 10am-4pm, free
Festival Film Polar Express Oban Cinema 1pm £3
Festival Film Railway Children Oban Cinema 3pm £5/£4
Winter Fairground Corran Halls
Animal Aid Craft Fair Corran Halls 11am-3pm
Dry Ski Slope Kilbowie 9.30-12.30pm 1.30-4.30pm £8
Gorge Walking Kilbowie 9.30-12.30 1.30-4.30pm £8
Cycling Kilbowie 9.30-12.30pm 1.30-4.30pm £8
Santa Dash Atlantis Leisure 1.30pm
Comedy Club Extravaganza Corran Halls 8pm £12/£10

Sunday 25th

Winter Fairground Corran Halls
Children’s Market Corran Halls 12-4pm free
Massed Choir & entertainment Corran Halls 12-4pm free
Festival Film Polar Express Oban Cinema 3pm £3
Carriage Rides Dunollie House
Lantern Parade Corran Halls 5pm

New Afternoon Tea Menu

November 1st, 2012

Adding another string to his bow, Head Chef Peter Carr has introduced a new Traditional Afternoon Tea menu to our lounge menu. Afternoon tea is now available with a choice of specialty teas and coffees, delicious sandwiches and mouth watering homemade cakes, all for £15 per person. Champagne can be added for an extra £8.00 each.

Afternoon Tea at Loch Melfort Hotel

Afternoon Tea in the Loch Melfort Hotel Lounge.

Whether it’s a special occasion or a relaxing decadent treat, sit back by our log fire and enjoy the spectacular views whilst you are treated to absolute luxury. All dietary requirements can be catered for. Pre-booking essential.

Gift vouchers available for a perfect Christmas, birthday or thank you gift.

Call us on 01852 200 233 to book.

Perthshire Loch Joins Knapdale as a Haven for Beavers

October 29th, 2012

Argyll isn’t the only area to have a thriving population of beavers as the Loch of the Lowes in Perthshire now has its own resident beaver since August. Beavers were introduced to Knapdale in Argyll a short distance from Loch Melfort Hotel in the Scottish Beaver Trial which began in May 2009.

The Knapdale beavers do travel to other lochs other than the ones they were introduced to. However, the Loch of the Lowes beaver is unlikely to be a roaming Knapdale beaver rather one of a number of beavers that already live around the River Tay area that are escapees or were released illegally from captivity.

Regardless of where it came from, as nature lovers and keen wildlife fans, the Loch Melfort team wish the Loch of the Lowes beaver well in its new home.

Christmas 2012 at Loch Melfort Hotel

October 23rd, 2012

Christmas is fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about Yule time cheer! Not only do we have our usual 3 nights Christmas extravaganza this year at £375 per person in a Standard Sea View room or £500pp in a Suite, we have also added a two and one night option for those who just can’t spare the time or have other family commitments.

Our 2 night offer is £275 per person in a Standard Sea View room or £360pp in a Suite, to include Christmas Day plus one day either side of your choice, or 1 night for £180pp in a Standard Sea View room with you arriving after breakfast on Christmas day in time to indulge in our 5 course gourmet lunch. A 50% single supplement would apply for single guests.

A warm Christmas welcome awaits you at Loch Melfort Hotel.

A warm Christmas welcome awaits you at Loch Melfort Hotel.

Christmas Eve

Arrive at leisure and settle in. Our Chartroom II Bar and Bistro is open all day for delicious meals and refreshments. Unwind with a welcome drink and a slice of Christmas cake in front of the lounge fire. The Asknish Bay Restaurant greets you in the evening with a sumptuous festive dinner from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Our local church has a midnight service; join us for minced pies and mulled wine on return.

Christmas Day
A continental breakfast will be served between 8.30am and 10.00am in the Asknish Bay Restaurant to give you time to open your stockings! Lunch will be served between 12.30pm and 2.30pm for residents and non-residents. Details of Christmas Day church services locally are available at reception. From about 12.30pm, complimentary cocktails or something soft, accompanied by our own canapés, will be served in the Cocktail Lounge, giving guests ample opportunity to peruse the Christmas Day Luncheon menu at their leisure.

Christmas luncheon is a mouth-watering six course traditional feast with all the trimmings including our own Christmas puddings, mince pies and chocolates. A fine Scottish cheese board and sandwiches will be available in the lounge from 8.00pm for those who get the nibbles later on.

The Asknish Bay Restaurant: an idyllic location for Christmas

The Asknish Bay Restaurant: an idyllic location for Christmas

Boxing Day
Walk off the Christmas over-indulgences or take advantage of the various activities available locally. Perhaps you prefer to settle comfortably next to the warm log fire. Lunch will be available in the Chartroom II Bar and Bistro from 12.30 – 2.30pm. Dinner will be our spectacular seafood buffet served from 7.00pm- 9.00pm.

Gourmet 6 course Christmas Lunch for non-residents is £55 per person or a classic 3 course lunch for £35 per person. Have a look at our Gourmet Christmas Lunch Menu.

For large groups, we also have a Christmas party menu available throughout December for £25 per person. Pre-booking essential.

We hope you can join us for what will be a truly relaxing time.

To make a booking for Christmas 2012 at Loch Melfort call us on 01852 200 233.

Gourmet Night Success

October 12th, 2012

Last Saturday saw Head Chef Peter Carr’s first Gourmet Night at Loch Melfort after joining us in June and as expected it was a great success. The evening was kicked off with speeches by Proprietor Calum Ross, Chef Peter and Mike Cottam from Inverarity Vaults whose job it was to match each accompanying wine with Peter’s creations.

Head Chef Peter Carr plating up at his first Gourmet Night at Loch Melfort

Head Chef Peter Carr plating up at his first Gourmet Night at Loch Melfort

Here you can see what culinary delights he created for our 44 guests, 2 of which were celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary. Among the group were also press from Aberdeen Press and Journal, Scottish Field and The Daily Record, so no pressure!

Grilled West Coast Langoustines ready for our gourmet diners

Grilled West Coast Langoustines ready for our gourmet diners

Our next Gourmet Night is only a few weeks away on 24th November and filling up fast, but we are already planning 2013’s nights with 2nd March, 5th October and 23rd November already marked in the diary.

6th October 2012 Gourmet Night Menu

Canapés Champagne Ayala Brut NV


Creamed Glazert Goats Cheese and Pine Nut Tortellini, Butternut Squash Purée, Apple and Chive Dressing Lugana, San Benedetto, Zenato, Italy


Grilled West Coast Langoustines and Pan-fried Rabbit Loin, Girolle Mushrooms, Chicory Chardonnay, Hayes Ranch, Wente Vineyards, California


Lemon & Thyme Sorbet


Beef Cheek Hash Brown, Poached Fillet Steak (Medium Rare), Braised Oxtail, Wild Mushroom, Honey Roast Shallots, Celeriac Cream, Tarragon Jus Cabernet Merlot Crianza, Castillo de Monjardin, Spain


Liquorice Mousse, Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Lime Tuile Elysium Black Muscat, California


Two Scottish Cheeses, Fig Confiture, Celery and Wheat Biscuits Tawny Port, 10yo. His Eminence’s Choice, Delaforce, Portugal

Arbonne Beauty Products Now Available at Loch Melfort Hotel

September 26th, 2012

We have just introduced a fabulous new beauty product range, Arbonne, into the hotel with many products for sale at Reception. We are also introducing the Shea Butter Hand Soap and Body Lotion  into the main house bedrooms for a trial period from the end of September. If the trial is a success we plan to introduce the products into all of our bedrooms.


Arbonne is a Swiss based company who believe beauty begins with premium botanical ingredients, innovative scientific discovery, and an unwavering commitment to pure, safe and beneficial products. Arbonne creates personal care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind for an integrative approach to beauty.

The other great beauty of the company is you can buy online – please feel free to browse their online shop to see the range of Arbonne beauty products available at Loch Melfort Hotel.

New Head Chef

June 28th, 2012

We are delighted to welcome our new Head Chef, Peter Carr, to our team at Loch Melfort Hotel. Peter joins us with vast 2 AA Rosette Restaurant cooking experience, including in his own Restaurant and his ideas and culinary expertise will help us to continue with our long tradition of food excellence at Loch Melfort.

Loch Melfort Head Chef, Peter Carr

Loch Melfort Head Chef, Peter Carr

Peter shares our view that local sourcing of food products produces the best menus and his early experience as a chef at Heston Blumenthal’s 3 Michelin star Restaurant, The Fat Duck, will no doubt have some of our taste buds whirring over the coming months! We look forward to wowing you with his menus and food!

Loch Melfort Hotel Awarded VisitScotland Gold Stars

June 19th, 2012

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Gold AwardWe are very proud to have been awarded the highly prestigious VisitScotland Gold award. The gold star award has recently been introduced by VisitScotland to highlight establishments within the Quality Assurance scheme that strive to exceed customer expectations on an on-going basis. They are limited to only a select few establishments and can be achieved by properties at any star grade. It means that our 3 stars that show on our VisitScotland grading will no longer be black but gold!

Calum and Rachel have always strived to make Loch Melfort Hotel stand out by providing the best customer service possible, with their main priority to meet and exceed customer expectations so that our much valued guests come back time and again and recommend us to their friends.

We feel that being a family run hotel gives us that extra little sparkle that a chain hotel just cannot compete with and this, along with a high proportion of local staff that care and really want to make your stay with us special, is why VisitScotland have awarded us Gold status!

Loch Melfort Hotel Win at Scottish Hotel Awards

June 11th, 2012

Loch Melfort Hotel is proud to be awarded Small Country House Hotel of the Year 2012 by the Scottish Hotel Awards which took place in Glasgow on Sunday 20th May. Proprietors Calum and Rachel Ross were also awarded a gold medal for Hospitality.

Having recently had our Visit Scotland rating changed from 3 Star Hotel to 3 Star Country House Hotel and recommended for gold star status, we couldn’t be happier to have this recognised by an award as well.

We’ve been told we received many votes from our loyal guests, many of which sent us an email at the same time saying how much they enjoy their visits to Loch Melfort each and every time they stay and would be happy to recommend us. So thanks for taking the time to vote!

Having enjoyed a marvellous start to the summer with temperatures reaching the high 20s and a Jubilee bank holiday that would make even the Queen jealous, we hope things are set to continue well into summer and that you all find time to take a break and visit the luscious countryside and lose yourself in our amazing views.

Summer Delights at Loch Melfort Hotel

April 13th, 2012

Loch Melfort is all set for summer, with the Hotel and Chartroom II Bistro now open 7 days a week, with some marvellous summer offers and a new menu.

Chartroom II Bistro is open for teas, coffees and home baking all day from 11am, Lunch is served 12pm – 2:30pm, which includes a snapshot of the dinner menu along with delicious soups and hearty sandwiches, and Dinner 6pm – 8:45pm (July/August 5:30pm) consisting of locally caught seafood and wholesome meals, not forgetting our new pizza menu!

Enjoy a pizza in Loch Melfort's Chartroom II Bistro

Enjoy a pizza in Loch Melfort's Chartroom II Bistro

Our new pizza menu will complement our seafood and grill specialities, with locally sourced meats and children’s menu. Our famous Music Nights take place as usual every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 9pm onwards.

We now have our own homemade jams, chutneys, marmalades and fudge for sale, both at Reception and in the Bistro, all made in house by Head Chef David Bell. You may recognise some of these as your favourites from breakfast!

Guests enjoying good food on Loch Melfort’s terrace overlooking Asknish Bay

Guests enjoying good food on Loch Melfort's terrace overlooking Asknish Bay

Guests enjoying good food on Loch Melfort's terrace overlooking Asknish Bay

Our 2 AA Rosette Asknish Bay Restaurant is open for fine dining, 6:30pm – 8:45pm with a daily changing 4 course Table d’hôte menu at £36.95pp, along with a diverse À la carte.  Booking essential.

Our four free moorings have been raised for summer and can take boats 35-40ft and 15 tonne. Perfect for a leisurely sail in Asknish Bay, followed by a bite to eat and a wee tipple.

Pizza Menu

Vine Ripened Tomato, Mozzarella
12 inch – £7.50

Chilli Margherita
As above but with chillies added after cooking
12 inch – £7.95

Ayrshire Cured Ham and Fresh Pineapple
12 inch £9.95

Classic Pepperoni
12 inch – £9.95

Virtuous Veg
Mixed Peppers, Red Onion, Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes
12 inch £8.95

Haggis – The One and Only Wee Scottish Beastie on a Pizza
with Mull Cheddar and Tomato
12 inch – £9.95

Roast Free-range Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil
12 inch – £10.95

Mozzarella, Tomato and Smoked Salmon and King Prawns
12 inch – £10.95

Quattro Fromaggi
Mozzarella, Tomato, Parmesan, Dunsyre Blue and Mature Mull Cheddar, topped with Rocket
12 inch – £9.95

Garlic Pizza Bread - 9 inch – £5.75

Additional Toppings - £1.50