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Altnaharra Hotel
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights at the end of September and had a great time.
The Hotel is remote and in a stunning location with fantastic scenery all around.

The fishing was fantastic (even for a novice like me) and I managed to catch a 6lb salmon on Loch Naver (on the doorstep) with the help of Walter the excellent ghillie. The brownies were also plentiful given the conditions and another novice fisherman in our little group caught a beautiful sea trout.

Stalking, shooing and walking is also available and the hotel will happily make arrangements for you if required.

The rooms were clean and well appointed.

The hotel has a couple of lovely lounges and a library (with wifi), plus a good locals bar with decent beer and a good choice of malts.

The food was very very good, top notch local ingredients cooked very well indeed. The small menu changes every day.

The small team of staff couldn't have been more heppful.

All in all thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Soggypitch
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed for four nights while my partner tried his hand at loch fishing. The location is very remote in the heart of Sutherland and the clearance villages. Only half hour from coast beautiful white sandy beaches crashing waves and mountain backdrop. Hotel is an old sporting lodge recently acquired by present owners who are very keen to ensure an enjoyable stay. The food is excellent four course dinner is £32 with extensive fairly priced wine list. We had whole Scottish lobster, local venison, turbot and Scottish fillet steak. There's always a meat and fish option starters and main course different home made soup every night and puddings to die for. Public rooms are welcoming and recently re-furnished. Bedrooms are a little dated but beds are comfortable towels thick and fluffy a power shower over the bath and plenty of hot water. There's also a gillies bar where you can chat with the locals and bar snacks available lunchtime and evening. The hotel is on the river naver with loch naver nearby and loch hope a short drive. The manageress is friendly and efficient so are the rest of the staff. Its a far cry from your typical boutique hotel, but if you like stunning scenery absolute quiet clean air and good food where you can curl up with a good book with a wee dram or home made cake with the minimum of fuss you'll not be disappointed.

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1  Thank BarbaraDorset
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Full of Scottish tartans and open firers this hotel is full of character and the food supplied by an outstanding chief is unbelievable good. The welcome is outstanding. It is also a fisherman's paradise. The local bar attached is also a mind of information

Room Tip: Any room they all have character
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pamela H
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Becy, the manager really made a difference to my stay. The hotel now understands the fishing and the weather!, superb breakfast and far better than 2 years ago, good atmosphere in the hotel. Will certainly go back again. Only one ask and that is to increase the wifi from only the Library to the bedrooms. When you do this I am sure you will get more 5 ratings.

Good fishing break despite the hurricane conditions!.,

Thank you Altnaharra.

Room Tip: The only reason I have marked down the service was only one lad was looking after the public bar and lounge bar and every time we wanted a drink we had to ring a bell and wait for him to become free. Be better to have someone popping in to see if they could give you something else. The sleep quality was marked down only because my room was over the bar and rather noisy until closing time, yes , yes I was shattered and retired perhaps too early!!
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Graeme K
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Duncan M, Owner at Altnaharra Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Thank you for your kind review. The one thing I wanted to reply to you on was in relation to our WiFi provision. We have looked in to extending the coverage to every bedroom, but one problem with being in such a remote location is that the maximum broadband speed we can get is only about 0.4Mb/s. When multiple users are on line, this speed is divided by the number of users - which means it can almost grind to a halt when a lot of people log on simultaneously. Unfortunately this means that the service we provide (ie WiFi in the library plus about four/five of our fourteen bedrooms) is the best we can do until the service improves. Our WiFi is free to guests though! Kind regards. Duncan Mason

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We have regularly visited this hotel in the past to dine but this year decided to treat ourselves to a weekend enjoying their full hospitality.

Firstly the bedrooms (even the standard) are simply lovely. Traditional furnishings, luxury finishes and the most comfortable bed we have slept in for a long while (even our own!).

Then the public rooms - so much choice - and every one is furnished to a standard which we would have been quite happy to while away our day in. Beautiful furniture and artwork - warm and welcoming. The dining room is very elegant (perhaps some gentle classical music over dinner for the quieter nights would be nice..but hardly a criticism).

The food is really exceptional. A nice choice which caters for both the lighter and the heartier appetite - and I thought it was all spot on (and I am not a big breakfast fan by any means).

We had dinner on two nights. As a resident we were invited to have dinner any evening - a table is always ready for you. Non residents will have to book though in case it is busy (or there is no dinner as there are no residents). A Table D'Hote menu offers a full four courses plus coffee - we had a lovely choice both evenings and every one cooked to perfection. Well done to the kitchen! Waiting staff are friendly but unassuming - there when you want them - out of the way when you don't. And their bar tariff is pretty good too we thought.

We didn't eat in the bar this time but have on previous occasions - a simple bar but the food comes from the same kitchen and was excellent.

At times it will be busy with fishermen, shooting parties, stalkers or simply holiday makers enjoying this stunning area. At times it will be quieter. But that is the beauty of a luxury hotel. It's the attention to detail, the space to relax, unhurried and simply "moreish" - first rate and all in keeping with a luxury hotel and a history dating back to the 17th Century.

Thank you
Stephen and Marie (Glenlivet)

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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