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“Who doesn't want to stay in a castle?” 5 of 5 stars
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Barcaldine Castle
Benderloch | By Oban, Benderloch PA37 1SA, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Benderloch B&B and Inns
Cairns, Australia
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“Who doesn't want to stay in a castle?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The castle is an easy drive through the Scottish countryside from Edinburgh. Fortuitously, the Laird of the castle was in residence the night we stayed, and he was the perfect host. The drawing room had a huge fire roaring and we had a few wines whilst learning the history of the castle and surrounding areas.
The included breakfast was superb. The rooms, the service and the ambience could not be faulted. An absolute highlight of the trip!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

What an amazing property! We chose Barcaldine Castle as we thought it would make for a memorable stay during our UK holiday and we weren't disappointed. The Castle was the perfect retreat as the Scottish winter served up lashings of rain and chilly winds, and Ronnie and Liz were wonderful hosts.
We loved learning about the history of the castle - from the hidden passages to the bottle dungeon - and appreciated the quirky features of our rooms like the turret dressing rooms and fortress style windows - as well as the 21st century touches like heated bathroom floors and DVD players.
Breakfast was fantastic - from the salmon and eggs through to the haggis and porridge and we really appreciated Ronnie's tips on local restaurants and sight seeing.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We just happened across this castle on the internet whilst looking for somewhere different to go. It is in the middle of nowhere and you need a car to go out in the evening but it is really a treat for a night or two. The Breadalbane Room was tastefully decorated and spacious, there were good hosts and breakfast was very good. A nice touch to leave some munchies in the room in the form of crisps, biccies etc. Lovely views.

Room Tip: Not sure all rooms are quite as nice but we had the Breadalbane Room which was lovely.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 18, 2013

We stayed here for the final night of a 3 week hillwalking holiday in Scotland. Ronnie and Liz were brilliant, very professional and approachable. We stayed in the Breadalbane room which was great, clean, comfortable and well worth the money. There is no bar here because it is actually a B&B and there are no places to go in the immediate vicinity because of its location but Oban is about a 15-20 minute drive or taxi ride if you want nightlife. Bring your own beers etc and they will provide glasses and ice etc. The food was excellent and the staff in the dining room were super pleasant. I cannot fault the place and we will be back one day. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

Liz and Ronnie are wonderful, rooms have new plumbing and the scenery was wonderful in August. We will return to this castle! The website is well organized and through email from Canada we organized our wedding day for 2

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Unfortunately our relatively late booking for an early September visit meant we could only stay the one night in the Barcaldine room. With only the five bedrooms the service ensured you were treated as an individual.This wonderfully restored castle with its tastefully appointed rooms filled with well chosen antiques was just a joy to stay in from arrival to departure. Ronnie's welcome chat settled us in from the start and our room included a 5 star selection of complimentary goodies to satisfy our every need. The spiral staircase to get to your room may not be suitable for all but with small overnight bags it presented no problems. Although only high tea is served in the castle, the recommended Hawthorn Restaurant nearby served us an excellent dinner. A freshly cooked-to-order Scottish breakfast in the morning at our selected time set us up well for the day's long drive ahead.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Absolutely wonderful place! If you want to experience a Scottish castle like it's your very own, warm your feet next to a smoking log fire, eat great local produce at the nearby Hawthorn, avoid the crowds that you'd get with the more pretentious places, and enjoy genuine friendly hospitality from Liz and Ronnie, then this is the castle for you. Perfect in every respect, cannot be faulted. We will be back for sure!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Benderloch | By Oban, Benderloch PA37 1SA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Benderloch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Benderloch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Barcaldine Castle offers something truly beautiful. A Scottish Castle set on the shores of Loch Creran with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of Glencoe in early Spring to the golden colours of Autumn - a memorable experience awaits you.The sumptuous interiors are carefully designed to encourage our guests to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of relaxation. Unobtrusive and calm, we aim to make your stay as memorable as possible. ... more   less 
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