Argyll Hotel

Iona, Argyll and Bute

Overlooking the sea towards Mull, this homely hotel on the Hebridean island of Iona has a deserved reputation for its warm welcome, fresh and creative food, and restorative peace. More

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Overlooking the sea towards Mull, this homely hotel on the Hebridean island of Iona has a deserved reputation for its warm welcome, fresh and creative food, and restorative peace. Hands-on owners Wendy and Rob MacManaway and Dafydd and Katy Russon give a ‘friendly personal welcome’, reports a reader who returned for the ‘peace and serenity’ and ‘cosy intimacy’. Bedrooms, most on the small side, are simple with pine or oak furniture, neutral colours and local artwork, all with garden, courtyard or sea views. No televisions, but guests can ‘watch and hear the birds first thing in the morning and not much 
else’. Meals, all made from scratch including the bread, use kitchen garden produce, sustainably sourced seafood and meat from local crofters. Hand-dived Isle of Mull scallops and pan-fried fillet of cod with parsley mash were ‘truly gourmet’. There are good vegetarian choices, too, and the presentation ‘with flowers and herbs was always stunning’. There are good walks from the doorstep, three cosy lounges, one with a fire, and binoculars in the conservatory for bird-spotting and wildlife-watching – you may see a dolphin or two. (Alison Forrester)

Hotel details

Address

Isle of Iona
Argyll and Bute
PA76 6SJ
Scotland

Telephone

01681 700334

Bedrooms

17. 7 in linked extension, all but one en suite, some bath or shower only.

Open

late Mar–late Oct.

Facilities

3 lounges (1 with TV), conservatory, dining room, wedding facilities, seafront lawn, free parking nearby, lounges/dining room wheelchair accessible, unadapted toilet, step.

Background music

modern Scottish, ‘gentle’ jazz, country music in dining room.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-5s free, extra bed £20–£40.

Dogs

max. 2 allowed in bedrooms (£15 per stay, welcome pack on request) and in 2 lounges.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £95, singles from £77. À la carte £37. 1-night bookings often refused.

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Comments about Argyll Hotel

We were enchanted. You can step into the seaside garden and sit and have a drink while watching the ferry travel to and fro, and listen to the sounds of the sea. It is run by two friendly couples, who are constantly present and available, with younger, very welcoming support staff .We were impressed with their Covid protection procedures. The food was delicious - the vegetarian options were a visual delight. Soup lunches in the sunny conservatory made a pleasant break to the day. Our rooms were comfortable and clean, with a garden view. The three indoor lounges were all very relaxing. The only downside was the WiFi, which seemed to struggle It was very good value for money.. - Alison Forrester - July 2020

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