Tired of being swept along on the tide of the rush hour? Aching for some ruggedly romantic landscapes instead?
Then come closer – we’ll let you into a little secret…
It is said that not far from Glasgow lies an enchanted realm of glittering lochs, emerald forests and hidden glens just waiting to be discovered.
We can’t tell you if it’s true or course. But we can tell you that the rumoured name of this realm is ‘Argyll & Bute’.
Maybe this Big Deal for an overnight dinner, bed and breakfast stay at the fabled Grey Gull Hotel on Loch Gilp is the key to finding it…
Historic lochside hotel
Once a hunting lodge for the Poltalloch Estate, Grey Gull Hotel at Ardrishaig is situated on the banks of Loch Gilp with the historic Crinan Canal behind it.
Just off the Oban Road, it is ideal base for rambling, sightseeing and boat trips, plus there are plenty of golf courses within easy driving distance.
Overnight stay for two
This Big Deal on an overnight stay for two will include a two course dinner each, breakfast and a late checkout to 12.30pm.
You can enjoy your stay seven days a week until the 31st March 2019. Valentine’s Day is available, making this perfect for a romantic getaway.
As an extra perk, you can upgrade to a loch view or sauna room completely for free on a first come, first served basis (so snap up this offer soon).
One child and one pet can also accompany you for free, please arrange this directly with the hotel.
A £10 per room per night supplement applies to Friday and Saturday night stays.
All guests rooms at Grey Gull Hotel are ensuite with bathtubs, a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Other features include free WiFi, an iPhone charging point and irons with ironing boards.
Your two course meal for two will be in the hotel’s casual dining restaurant.
Menus can change, but highlights could include the tarragon chicken with mustard cream sauce, mash pots and steamed greens, the dill & lemon salmon with baby potatoes and steamed greens, and the 80z ribeye steak with chips, mushroom and tomato.
Veggies can tuck into choices such as the wild mushroom risotto with truffle and the black bean chilli with wild rice, nachos and guacamole.
Explore Argyll & Bute
As well as vigorous walks along the shores of Loch Gilp and Loch Fyne, there is plenty more to do in the local area.
Obviously, the Mull of Kintyre is an unmissable highlight. But you could also watch boats sail along the Crinan Canal or play a spot of golf at one of four nearby courses.
Or why not follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s ancient kings by climbing to the top of Dunadd Hill? Alternatively, you could hike to the top of the ridge where the ruins of Carnasserie Castle lie and enjoy sweeping views of the valley.
You will also be within easy reach of Tarbert village, Inverary and Oban.
Previous guests at Grey Gull Hotel have had this to say on TripAdvisor:
‘Good time away. Just back from a great night away with the family. Good sized room with ensuite. Nice views over the loch and canal just behind the hotel. Dog friendly. Staff were polite and friendly. Would stay again.’
‘Great wee break. New ownership, newly renovated. Great location, lovely staff and owner! Had a 2 night stay, lovely loch view room on the 4th floor, no lifts so if mobility is an issue ask for a lower floor. Breakfast is fantastic, huge portions and great choice, including smoked haddock or eggs Benedict. Evening meals also excellent, really can’t fault the food. Great place, can’t complain.’
Give the gift of a lochside getaway
An overnight stay at a loch is always a romantic experience. But it’s extra romantic if it comes in the form of a surprise snuck into your other half’s Christmas stocking.
And remember, if you grab this offer early, you could upgrade to a loch view or sauna room for free.