It’s not just visitors from elsewhere who take breaks in Argyll.
This part of the world is internal space – wherever you live, there are a multitude of Argyll’s microcosms you know absolutely nothing about and could never imagine – within reach.
One of these is the timeless Ardfern peninsula on Loch Craignish, with its serious yacht haven at the Ardfern Yacht Centre; with the Isle of Jura, the Corryvreckan and the Dorus Mhor to its south west; and to the west the Isle of Scarba, the Slate Isles and the Garvellachs beyond them. This is one of the unique sailing grounds for which Argyll is renowned – and for good reason.
On the south side of Ardfern, the major community on the peninsula – with the superb Craignish Village Hall a celebrated events venue whose programing is adventurous – is the historic Galley Of Lorne Inn.
The Galley is in pole position above a bay between the peninsula and an inshore island with spectacular views across and down the loch – and spectacular sunsets. Its dining room cum ballroom is right in the driving seat of all this.
The charming little Galley, with its bar and its island-named suites has been under the inventive new ownership of Andrew Stanton for a while – and is offering a Valentine’s Day cracker.
Valentine’s day conveniently falls on a weekend this year – and anyone interested in this will need to book quickly to take advantage of:
- 2 nights Bed & full Scottish Breakfast
- a bottle of chilled Prosecco in your room, with
- a selection of hand-made chocolates
- a romantic Valentine’s Menu on 14th February
- a 3 Course Table d’Hote dinner on 15th February.
And all of this is included in prices from just £249 – per room – for two, if you can’t believe this is what they mean.
The Valentine’s Day dinner on the 14th, which is a part of this package and is a 6 course teaser of a taster menu – including Tea/Coffee and hand-made Truffles, created by the Galley’s Head Chef – is also open to other diners at £29.50 per head. This too would need to be booked well ahead.
If you go, bring your camera – and drive on down the single track road winding down to near the foot of the peninsula, to Aird, on the ‘outside’ south west coast, facing directly across to the Corryvreckan. You’ll come to a gate which you are free to drive through if you close it behind you; and a little further, you’ll arrive at a car park.
The rest is up to you. You’ll have choices and any of them will blow you away, sometimes literally,
If you go, you will also find Galley regulars who are travelling from all over the UK to be there on the night.
Information is here on the Galley’s website and booking is at: 01852 500 284