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Visiting Gylen Castle on the Isle of Kererra

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Gylen Castle is situated on the southern part Kerrera, the island just off Oban in the Firth of Lorne, and it’s well worth a visit if you’re staying in the Oban area.

Gylen Castle on the Isle of Kererra

Gylen Castle on the Isle of Kererra

It’s an imposing castle and if you position yourself in the right spot you can see it perched dramatically on the skyline commanding spectacular views to the mainland and across the Firth of Lorne to the Inner Hebrides.

Gylen Castle, also known as the ‘Castle of Fountains’, was built in the 1580s as a stronghold of Clan MacDougall and a strategic centre of control and observation on the approach to Oban.

Sieges, fires and weathering caused damage to the castle during the centuries but it was restored by Historic Scotland in 2006 and is now open to the public all year round. As an added bonus to visitors there is no entrance fee. Visitors can also enjoy tea, coffee, refreshments and home cooking at the award winning Tea Garden which is close to the castle. The Tea Garden is open 7 days a week between Easter and October.

How to Get to Kererra

You can get to Kerrera via the Kererra Ferry which leaves from a slipway two miles south of Oban along the coast road. There is car parking right at the slipway.

Once on the island, you can either walk to Gylen Castle or cycle. The southern circular route is the most popular and easiest route and at 5 miles can be walked in around 3 hours. Bikes can be hired from the Oban Cycle Shop.

Beautiful Oban Sunset

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Another beautiful sunset from the gardens of the hotel looking across Oban Bay to the Island of Kerrera!

Sunset over Oban Bay to  Kererra from Manor House Hotel

Sunset over Oban Bay to Kererra from Manor House Hotel

New Glasgow to Oban Train Services

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The train service linking Glasgow and Oban has increased from three to six trains a day in each direction.

This is great news for visitors to Oban who now have more flexibility to travel up from Glasgow for the day to enjoy the huge variety of activities Oban has to offer.

The first morning train leaves Oban at 5.21am and arrives in Glasgow at 8.37am. Glasgow’s first morning train to Oban departs Glasgow Queen Street Station at 5.20am arriving in Oban around 8.30am.

With the addition of a new later evening service leaving Oban at 8.37pm, visitors to the town now have even more time to explore Oban or even further afield to Mull, Iona and Staffa.

The Glasgow to Oban train journey takes about 3 hours which, although long, affords spectacular views of mountains, lochs and moorland as it meanders through Scotland’s unique west Highland scenery.

Complimentary Gym Use for Manor House Hotel Guests

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Don’t forget that guests of the Manor House now have complimentary use of the Fit4 gym just 5 minutes walk away from the hotel right in the centre of Oban. Some hotel staff have tried out a Spin class for a great aerobic work out. Find out more details about complimentary gym use for Manor House Hotel guests.

Oban Regeneration Plans Approved

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

There’s exciting changes ahead for Oban with the recent announcement of a regeneration scheme to transform Oban into a centre for marine tourism and marine science.

The Lorn Arc Project has planned up to £144m of improvements for Oban and surrounding areas including Dunstaffnage, Dunbeg, North Connel and Barcaldine.

Key improvements will include the development of Oban North Pier, upgrading existing road links, renewable energy projects and creating a new business park at Oban airport with a view to enhancing the area’s already excellent reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.

Oban & Lorne Strathspey & Reel Society 70th Anniversary Dinner

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Congratulations to the Oban & Lorne Strathspey & Reel Society who recently enjoyed some fiddling at the Manor House after their 70th Anniversary Dinner, providing a real Scottish atmosphere that filled the hotel.

Oban & Lorne Strathspey and Reel Society

Oban Bay Sperm Whale Treats Manor House Guests

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Our guests were treated to a special sighting this morning from their bedroom windows. A beautiful sperm whale roaming around very close in Oban bay. What a lovely start to Easter weekend.

Sperm whale visits Oban Bay

Sperm whale visits Oban Bay

UPDATE 15/4/13
The Oban Bay Sperm whale left today for deeper, more open waters as it headed out across the Firth of Lorne towards Mull. We wish it well!

A New Look for Room 3

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Thibaut Repertiore wallpaper was the choice for a new look for Room 3 above the greenhouse.

Refurbished Room 3 overlooking the greenhouse at Manor House Hotel

Elegant Tibault Repertiore wallpaper in Room 3

Mr and Mrs Harrison’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Manor House was recently the venue for Mr and Mrs Harrison’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary where all the guests enjoyed a fabulous 3 course lunch in our restaurant.

Mr Harrison's guests having a little break between courses

Mr Harrison's guests having a little break between courses

Some entertainment was a welcome treat for the guests at the end of the meal

Some entertainment was a welcome treat for the guests at the end of the meal

Mr Harrison thanking all of his guests on behalf of himself and his wife for attending and sharing their special day with them

Mr Harrison thanking all of his guests on behalf of himself and his wife for attending and sharing their special day with them

The Manor House would like to thank Mr and Mrs Harrison for choosing our venue to celebrate their special day.

Manor House Hotel Re-Opens After Fire

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

It’s been a long 9 weeks recovering from what we first thought was a small kitchen fire. Building manager Ronnie Dalgleish directed Oban contractor Owen Hoey repairing the kitchen, two guest rooms and staff accommodation upstairs.

The kitchen is complete and tested. The halls and carpets have all been refreshed and we are ready to open tomorrow Monday 16th July. The 3 rooms, which are at the end of a closed hall, will be finished with complete re-decoration in two weeks.

Chefs Shaun, Liam, Vilas and Duncan prepared for the Manor House re-opening Monday July 16.

Chefs Shaun, Liam, Vilas and Duncan prepared for the Manor House re-opening Monday July 16.

The fire started when some duck confit ignited. Flames spread to the smoke extractor then into the ceiling and walls above. The Oban Fire Service was quickly on the case and no one was hurt. Smoke was modest and contained in the kitchen and room above.

Our thanks go to manager Gregor MacKinnon, the Manor House staff and the tradesmen who have worked long hours getting everything back into “Manor House Shape”. We appreciate the many calls of support from our Manor House friends and look forward to seeing you soon.

Les & Mags Crane