I just stayed one night in Balsporran before I took part in the Drumochter Estate grouse count along with my German Shorthaired Pointer, who stayed in the room with me. The white house is easily spotted from the A9 and sits right by the railway line as it used to be used by railway workers prior to conversion to the comfortable home it is today. Phil and Ann are welcoming hosts who have done a lovely job of converting the place.
My room was small although we a decent sized bathroom, and scrupulously clean. I enjoyed seeing the trains go by my window and they stop at night so they didn't disturb me, nor did the traffic on the A9 which is far enough away not to be a problem. The midges however, are a problem once you are outside so come prepared! I would have liked to open the window in my room but was a little scared of being eaten alive!
I enjoyed an evening meal which is taken in the dining room along with other guests at one big table - this was nice for me being on my own.
There is a level crossing right by the house and you are instantly on the beautiful Drumochter/Ralia Estate so there are plenty of walking opportunities.
Ann prepared me a packed lunch for the grouse count which was great. My whole stay including everything was £67 so very reasonable. I will definitely stay here when I am in the area again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This lovely cottage, in the heart of the Drumochter Hills, has very comfortable rooms, tastefully decorated, with splendid views of valley and mountainsides. It’s an ideal base for discovering the delights of this beautiful region. Experience high energy sports, ramble in the countryside enjoying the extensive wildlife, get to know its distinctive cuisine or simply chill out over a glass of wine and drink in the stunning views! ... more less