Saying ‘Yes’ without question can get you in to all sorts of situations. When asked the other week if I wanted to go on a work trip, I agreed without thinking to ask about where we would be going. Fortunately, I ended up in an area which can only be described as a hidden gem.
The Loch Melfort Hotel is set in Argyll, around 30 mins south of Oban. It is a cosy yet modern hotel with views which belong on a postcard (or for a better explanation to all you millenials – #nofilterneeded). As soon as I arrived I was ready to explore.
The House has beautiful gardens that provided a welcome blast of fresh air and relaxation after our long drive from the Highlands, and I was delighted to find that they were mercifully midge free.
Highland cows roamed in the fields next to the grounds and a stone’s throw away lies a rocky beach where you can walk or, if you are feeling particularly brave (I was not), you can go for a swim in the loch. On top of all this, when I checked in to my room, there were tea/coffee facilities with Tunnock’s Tea Cakes and Scottish Fine Soaps in the bathroom – bliss.
Not only is this house in an idyllic setting, there is an abundance of things to do in the surrounding area. For me, this was a flying visit but I hope to return to take advantage of what it has to offer.
Possibilities include: bagging Ben Cruachan, the highest point in Argyll and Bute at 1126m (which also boasts one of Scotland’s most impressive feats of engineering, the Cruachan Power Station); mountain biking through the Argyll Forestry Park; and kayaking on Loch Melfort itself.
It may have been a stop-over location to get to a site for work, but Loch Melfort was a unique find and one to be recommended to anyone who needs a retreat. It can be as peaceful or adventurous as you want to make it.
You can find out more about Loch Melfort hotel at lochmelfort.co.uk.