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The Old Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   Wester Ross, Gairloch IV21 2BD, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #14 of 17 Gairloch B&B and Inns
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Beautiful place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2007

Day 3 of our Highland holiday+we find ourselves in Gairloch.A lovely little seaside town.The Old Inn is magnificent,from the location to the ambience to the beautiful bedroom with a Four Poster bed.Wish i'd taken a photo.Staff were great,food was excellent and a great selection of ales.Was a bit more expensive than other places we stayed but you could see why.Also a great buffet breakfast.TIP:If you can,take in Ullapool when travelling to Gairloch.It's a nice little Port+the drive down to Ullapool+then Gairloch is fabulous.

  • Liked — The bedroom+feeding the ducks outside.
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Belfast, N Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2007

We recently stayed at the Old Inn as a result of favourable Tripadvisor reviews but were very disappointed. Our room was modified for wheel chair access (not necessary for us) and I despair for those who have to use this room. The windows were small and had obscure glass so no possibility of a view of even the car park, light bulbs were intended to be energy saving but made the room resemble a gloomy cave. We could not get warm enough but that may have been our inability to operate the heating controls. We booked a table at 8.00pm and on arrival at the restaurant were told, for no apparent reason, to wait outside. Nobody came near us so we just went in and sat down. Food was OK but not as good as expected from the many awards claimed. Next morning at breakfast my wife was old she could not have a boiled egg - only fried or poached were on the menu.

The staff seemed constantly harassed and under pressure. No smiles and no one asked if we were enjoying our stay/our food/our holiday.

Avoid!!

  • Liked — leaving it
  • Disliked — very unattractive room
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Berwick upon Tweed
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

The food at The Old Inn is amazing! There is a fantastic selection of locally caught fresh seafood and game, all cooked to the standard of any 4 0r 5 star hotel, with delicious and innovative recipes. (the homemade banana & honey breakfast smoothie deserves a special mention!)
We stayed there for 1 night as a stopover on the way to Thurso but wished we had booked for longer and we are making plans to go back for 3 - 4 days in the summer.
The bedrooms are perfectably acceptable, with tvs, dvd player and a good selection of dvds from reception, free wireless broadband connection, tea/coffee etc.
We would recommend The Old Inn to anyone who enjoys good, home cooked, fresh, to die for food.

Stayed September 2006
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Norfolk
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2007

This is an old coach Inn set at the foot of a lovely valley and above an old fishing harbour. I thought this setting felt a bit sur-real - something to do with opressiveness of the mountains. Even though it was autumn it was warm enough to sit out in their garden that runs along a river bank and feed the ducks. There is a road that winds up the valley which takes you eventually to a breath-taking water fall. This area is full of history. Apparently the Mackenzie land lords refused to remove anyone from their land during the clearances of the 1800's. Because of that, hundreds of cleared folk from neighbouring areas moved in. Perhaps because of that, Gairloch seems thriving - far busier than other towns of a similar size. After our walk we settled down for supper and the Old Inn won our hearts and stomachs. I had a venison pie in port gravy with suet crust pastry. It really was absolutely delicious. I ate all the stew, all the crust and nearly ate the plate. Mike had baked trout with onions, bacon and capers in white wine. It was done to a turn and full of flavour. Mike said 'I didn't know I'd have to come 500 miles to get food like this.' For a picky urbanite that is fine praise. And to round it off, we saw a pod of dolphins in the bay, the next morning!

Stayed November 2006
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Edinburgh
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2007

My wife and I had originally booked to stay one night in Gairloch and, having read the revues on Tripadvisor, had been scared off from staying at the Old Inn and had opted to stay at the Charleston House Hotel (now listed under Nairn, Cawdor Estate Cottages). However, when we arrived in the early evening, we were greeted by the owners of the Charleston House Hotel informing us that they had received a booking during the week, from a larger party who were staying for longer, and that they now no longer had a room available for us, despite us having booked directly with the Hotel in April. As this was the height of the summer season, my wife and I anticipated a long drive through the night to get to our next destination in Skye until we took a chance at the Old Inn.
The staff at the Old Inn could not have been more helpful and reassured my wife that they would do all they could to find us a room. We were informed that the only room available was situated next to the bar and that there would be some noise as there was live music on that evening but, by way of compensation, they would reduce the room rate by £20 per night. This was as nice touch as, not only had it been done without any hinting from my wife and I, given our circumstances, we would have paid infinitely more to avoid an all night drive. Our room was large, freshly decorated and, despite the warnings about the noise from the bar, well sound proofed!! The bar was welcoming with a good mix of locals and tourists, with the locally sourced seafood being fantastic tasting and excellent value.
My wife and I can't thank the staff at the Old Inn enough for restoring our faith in good, old fashioned Scottish service with a smile and a bit of banter.
If you want to have a good night in Gairloch then avoid the Charleston House Hotel and stay at the Old Inn!!

  • Liked — The Brilliant Staff.
  • Disliked — Leaving!!
  • Tips/Secrets — Avoid the Charleston House Hotel and have a better time, for less money, at the Old Inn.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2006

Stayed mid week in October. Cost £70 B and B for 2 adults and 1 child. Excellent value family room at the rear (room 12). No noise from the bar. Excellent buffet breakfast. Staff were very pleasent and helpful. couldn't ask for more. Would stay here again. Live music at the weekend.

Stayed October 2006
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Hemel Hempstead
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2006

Loved this Inn. Stunning scenery abounds in an excellent location, as well as offering excellent value. We were given a lovely family room, even though it was only for myself and my partner. This meant the room was very large with bunk beds tucked away in one corner and rest of the room offered a seating area, mini bar fridge and the most enormous 6 foot wide bed. The view was lovely out over the river, mountains and animated ducks. The staff were friendly and the food & wine in the restaurant extremely good quality and well priced. The bar was welcoming and offered a good selection of real Ales. Boat trips run from the harbour closeby and we enjoyed a pleasant few hours watching the local wild life on the surrounding islands. At the time of our stay, the road to Gairloch was being re-routed and was quite rough in places. Apart from that, our trip was delightful and I hope to return one day.

  • Liked — Down to earth Inn, offering good food and stunning scenery
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — There is a sign to the waterfall nearby - ended up being a good 30-40 mins walk to reach it. Wear appropriate footwear
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Wester Ross, Gairloch IV21 2BD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Gairloch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Gairloch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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