My partner and I booked this Highland Heritage coach tour based at the Dalmally Hotel with misgivings. It appeared cheap and we thought “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” - but it wasn’t. We went, prepared to eat out if the food wasn’t good, but it was - just as well as the eating-out options in the area appeared non-existent!
Our room was on the third floor. It was clean, adequately furnished, with en-suite bathroom and TV. Tea and coffee-making facilities were provided with biscuits and fresh fruit.Our only criticism was the failure of the lift on the penultimate day - inconvenient but hardly the hotel’s fault. The views were spectacular though frequently obscured by low cloud.
The staff all appeared to be immigrants mainly from eastern Europe. They were charming, courteous and invariably helpful. Our main driver/courier/guide, Colin, was a delightful Scot. He was efficient and knowledgeable, with a ready wit. He kept us well-informed about the locality and its history, interspersed with amusing anecdotes as did our alternative driver for two of the days, Gary. They had a phenomenal memory for dates, though I guess nobody was in a position to question them!
The food was excellent, plenty of choice, generous portions, well-cooked and presented. A choice of Loch Fyne kippers for breakfast was a particular pleasure. The Scottish dinner on the last night was memorable and provided my introduction to haggis! Certainly worthy of comment were the bar prices. There was a limited, but adequate, choice of wines all priced at £9.99 a bottle - remarkable for a hotel! The white was chilled as it usually is and the red was at the right temperature which is less-common!
There was entertainment every evening which was tolerable if not to everyone’s taste. The first night certainly merits comment. The entertainers were “The Homelanders”, a duo who played the guitar and an adapted piano-accordion. They were remarkably talented and varied their extensive musical offering with amusing patter. It was a great evening and I can’t understand why they’ve not had greater exposure. They did offer CDs for sale, one of which we bought, but these are only available at their performances.
We frequently commented on the sheer efficiency of the whole operation. It worked like a well-oiled machine and appeared to be faultless. We remain amazed at the remarkable value for money and hope to return to one of the other Highland Heritage hotels later in the year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dalmally Hotel Lying in the village of Dalmally in Strathorchy The hotel is sited in the village of Dalmally in Strathorchy. It has spectacular mountain views all round and three acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. The famous salmon river “Orchy” flows down the Strath and the favourite morning walk is past the ancient medieval church down to the 300 year old “Wade” Bridge to watch for salmon, trout and otter. The hotel is of modern construction with large en-suite bedrooms and spectacular public areas awash with plants and flowers. The lounge has a dancefloor and bar, and there is also a billiard room. The bedrooms have comfortable modern divan beds, tea makers, hair dryers, TV and controlled heating. Furnishings are modern and crisp; there are heated towel rails in every room. There are four floors serviced by a modern lift. The dining room and lounges each seat two hundred people and are a joy for flower lovers everywhere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dalmally Hotel Scotland