Pilane Sculpture Park
Borrow a bike and take a ride to Pilane Sculpture Park. It is a serious bike-ride, but we promise, it's worth the effort! Pilane is nature’s own art gallery, eight hectares of cultivated land where you can roam freely under the open sky.
Wander on your own or in a small group with your family and friends. Against the backdrop of the scenic Bohuslän archipelago, you can enjoy the art, the sea, the landscape and the history of this place that goes back thousands of years.
At the highest point of Marstrandsön on the west coast of Sweden, Carlstens Fortress sits on its pinnacle. The great guardian has protected the little wooden town below for over 300 years. These days the fortress is a captivating place to visit. You can sense the fascinating past of the fortress as a line of defence and a jail for notorious prisoners.
Welcome on a time trip you won’t forget. A guided tour of Carlstens Fortress is an exciting journey that takes you back to days gone by, with amazing stories of prisoners and the hard life here. Take a guided tour and see the Walk of Sighs, Gallows Hill, Lasse-Maja's Kitchen and the Fortress Church. You can also walk around the fortress on your own if you prefer.
The Nordic Water Colour Museum is an inspiring meeting place for art, nature and people, an arena for art based on water, pigment and paper.
Since the start, world class art has been shown; Salvador Dali, Bill Viola, Louise Bourgeois and Swedish favorites like Elsa Beskow, Anders Zorn and Lars Lerin.
The Nordic Watercolour Museum opened in the summer of 2000 and was designed by the Danish architects Niels Bruun and Henrik Corfitsen..
Hiking trails Marstrand
The hiking trail that runs around the whole island is about 5 kilometers long and takes one hour if you don’t stop, but there are several alternative routes for anyone who wants to explore more!
On your hike across the island, there are several spots to enjoy a swim in the ocean, and the opportunity to explore Smugglarrännan (Smugglers Gorge), discover caves, explore Trollskogen (Troll Forest) and view the rare, red water lilies in Näckrosdammen (Water Lilies Pond). Nålsögat (Eye of the Needle) is a much-loved detour; the passage between two giant boulders is so narrow that you have to walk sideways to get through and is popular with young and old visitors.
Another fantastic nature experience not to be missed is standing on the cliffs at the Skallens Fyr lighthouse and watch the two bodies of water, Skagerrak and Kattegat, meet as healthy, salty sea air fills your lungs. Benches have been placed in suitable locations along the trails where hikers can rest their legs and take in the surrounds.
Dyrön / Åstol
Borrow a bike and take a ride down to Rönnäng for a morning excursion to two beautiful islands - Åstol and Dyrön.
On Dyrön there are fantastic walking tours that will take you a couple of hours. The landscape and the views are absolutely stunning. You have to be rather fit to manage the toughest trail across the island, but there are also easier tracks.
The herring museum
The museum shows the history of the island Klädesholmen, with an emphasis on herring industry, fishing and fish preparation.
Here you can see how the fishing boats came in with fish from Shetland and how it was prepared before it became stockfish.
You can also see how it went when herring hunts from Klädesholmen visited almost all Swedish ports to sell different fish and herring products. This sale from hunts was succeeded by the canning industry at Klädesholmen, which produces 40% of all Swedish herring preserves.
The quickest way to get into the water when staying at Lotshotellet is to simply use the bathing ladder at our own dock. Put on your bathrobe in the hotel room and within less than a minute you can be in the water...
Combine this with our amazing sauna by the dock with a magnificent view over the Käringöfjord.
Detta är en fartfylld tur där du nästan alltid kommer att få se sälar. Från Lotshotellets brygga sätter vi kurs ut mot ön Svarten och fortsätter vidare bort till Flateskären, där vi slår av motorn och ligger stilla en stund så att vi kan hälsa på sälarna i lugn och ro. Vi åker sedan vidare på utsidan av Måseskär (om vädret tillåter) och tillbaks igen på nordvästra sidan av Käringön.
A completely different experience in a completely different pace you get if you go kayaking in the shallow waters between Käringön and Gullholmen. Make a stop at the sandy beach of Vallerö or check out potholes at Hermanö. Close contact with seals is guaranteed. If wether permits you go out through Vallerö strait and sniff a bit on the big ocean - free water until you reach Scotland...
We have two kayaks available and, of course, all gear that you need, such as life vests, sprayskirt, paddles and a map, is provided as well. You don't need any experience - everyone can paddle!