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“A pub with a heart” 4 of 5 stars
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Tailrace Inn
Riverside Road, Kinlochleven PH50 4QH, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #7 of 8 Kinlochleven B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
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“A pub with a heart”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Interestingly, one of the most notable things about the Tailrace Inn for me was the homey atmosphere. This is a busy pub/inn, attracting a number of locals and tourists alike (mainly from the West Highland Way walk). The pool table seems a big drawcard for the locals! We stayed two nights. It's not pretty, as a previous reviewer has said. Don't expect elegance and grace - expect a good, clean, spacious, comfortable place to stay in a tiny, but scenic, town. It's warm - literally and metaphorically! Check in at the bar, enjoy a proper breakfast then set out on your walk. This is an amazing spot. You can grab a packed lunch if you want to - (nothing extraordinary here... sandwich, juice box, snacks) but it saves hassle and would be great for an extended hike. Ditto about the food for the evening - it was OK but nothing to write home about. I did like the Inn's atmosphere and certainly didn't find that tourists were treated any worse than locals as another reviewer indicated, in fact arguably the opposite. The inn was very welcoming to a hiker that came in late, making up a dish for him after the kitchen had officially closed. Thanks Tailrace, a good stay!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My wife and I were walking the West Highland Way. We were camping nearby and saw the advertisment board outside of this place offering a good deal on their food so in we went for dinner.
I approached the bar, the barmaid finished serving another customer. He was obviously local as they addressed each other using names. She then did something with some glasses at the back of the bar for a minute or so. Turning around she looked at me holding my English ten pound note waiting to be served and carried washing glasses. The next time she turned she walked towards me and served a local over my shoulder, then another who arrived at the bar while she was serving the first. Then she served me. My wife heard her attitude and told me to forget the food order, which I had already wasn't happening anyway. The barmaid served us with contempt, how dare we interupt her when she was busy attitude. We drank outside and left.
I have never had such a hostile reception anywhere. I'm glad we were staying elsewhere.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here on day 7 of the WHW with my 8 yr old son. Not the prettiest of places and a little rough in the evenings, however, they more than make up for it with lovely spacious rooms, excellent service and top notch bar food and breakfasts. Good value too. Would happily stay again if doing the WHW again.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

After driving all evening in hopes of making it to Fort Augustus my eyes were just too droopy to continue. I found the Trailrace and with no reservations they had a room. The office to the Inn was closed and I had to speak to the person working the bar. They helped me right away and I had a room in 5 minutes. Breakfast was great and I was able to choose what I wanted the night before.

The staff was more than helpful, and it was nice to have a beer with the locals in the bar on the first floor.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had an excellent stay at this bed and breakfast pub.

An warm welcome, clean room with ensuite.

Full cooked breakfast was very good the next morning, parking is outside the front of the pub.

The surrounding countryside is so breathtaking, so it is worth the extra drive to this property just to see the sites.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Stayed at the Tailrace Inn 4 times now while passing through kinlochleven on the West Highland Way,
Staff are extremely helpful and friendly , the breakfast is second to none , full Scottish breakfast is just what you need before the 14.5 mile walk to Fort WIlliam , and most enjoyable , the rooms are spotlessly clean and luxurious ,
I would definately recommend staying at the Tailrace Inn

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

3 of us pre-booked to stay here when walking the WHW. A simple local pub with rooms which were reasonably clean and certainly comfortable. It did the job for us and the food (dinner and breakfast) was simple, good, and sensibly priced. But they do need get some decent beer!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tailrace Inn

Address: Riverside Road, Kinlochleven PH50 4QH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Kinlochleven
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Kinlochleven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
•Comfortable en-suite accommodation, good food and drink. •The Inn has 6 fully modernised bedrooms with en-suite facilities. •Secure online booking available •Bar with Sky Sports & BT Sports, showing all major sporting events on our big screen TV. •Free Wi-Fi Internet access available in the bar and bedrooms. •Meals are served in our Bar and dining room. •Ideal for outdoor activites: hiking - fishing - water sports - rock and ice climbing •Ski-ing at Glencoe and Aonnach Mor near Fort William ... more   less 
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