The sustainable approach at Portavadie continues in the spa, which is heated by biomass boilers. Organic Ishga products, which are handmade in Scotland, are used in many of the spa treatments, and solar PV panels provide electricity – reducing reliance on the grid.
Breakfast was excellent, with a fantastic choice of freshly prepared hot food – including Scottish breakfast classics like haggis, black pudding and potato scones – as well as continental options, all served buffet style.
Local food is used in the restaurant at Portavadie wherever possible – and with the wealth of superb local produce available this makes good sense, both for the environment and local economy, as well as for the satisfaction of guests. Local businesses supplying Portavadie include Loch Fyne Ales, Argyll Smokery and Prentice Seafood.
Alongside the use of local food businesses, the resort is beginning to produce some food on-site, with a recently installed poly-tunnel now used to grow herbs and salads with zero food miles.
Local and fair-trade products – including larger sizes of the lovely Scottish Fine Soap Company's toiletries – are also sold in the on-site shop.