We stayed at the Galley of Lorne for 2 nights, and had a really great time. The place feels a lot more like a pub with rooms than a hotel, but to be honest -that really worked for us! The room itself was lovely (we stayed in the Skye suite, and it was worth the extra money for the big bath).
The previous review said there was little to do in Ardfern, which is true - but the scenery is stunning and there's a lot of good walks in the local area. We enjoyed the lack of things to do as Edinburgh city folk, it was a great place to get away to.
Probably the best bit of the hotel for us was the pub, really great to just relax with an ale (a choice of 3 ales all priced reasonably) by a roaring fire. It felt like a proper pub rather than just an overpriced hotel bar. We found the staff to be great - really friendly in a very genuine down to earth way, happy to chat away but without any of that kind of Americanized forced friendliness. We felt really at home at the Galley of Lorne which made for a fantastic relaxing break. The breakfast had lots of choices and was pretty tasty, and I also really enjoyed the one meal I had in the restaurant - I wasn't expecting Masterchef style presentation for £15!
If I'm honest, yes I have probably had a better breakfast elsewhere, and yes - if I was Michel Roux I could find fault with the food but as an overall experience it is one of the best hotels I have stayed in, in Scotland (and I am a bit of a groupon fiend). It was just a really great relaxed place, quality touches without pretension and friendly without being overbearing.
We would definitely come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Galley of Lorne Inn is a 17th Century Drover's Inn and country retreat situated in the picturesque village of Ardfern which nestles among the hills beside Loch Craignish. This beautiful corner of Argyll has long been a favourite for yachtsmen, artists and those who appreciate beauty, wildness plus the good things in life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Galley Of Lorne Hotel Ardfern