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“Not quite "very good" - but certainly very pleased with our stay”
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The Creggans Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Strachur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed here as a couple for one night during October 2012.

The inside of the hotel is deceptively large and there seemed to be plenty of rooms. We seemed to be one of only a few other guests, however (perhaps because we were staying midweek).

Feeling like we had the place to ourselves, especially in such beautiful surroundings, certainly made the trip enjoyable. We relaxed in the residents lounge, sipping gins and playing Scrabble. All very relaxing.

The area is very nice and great for walking. Whilst we weren't doing anything extreme, from looking at the guest handbook, if we had been and had wanted to store waterproofs or dry things off somewhere, the staff would've been only too happy to oblige.

We ate in the restaurant and are glad we did. Whilst the atmosphere was lacking somewhere (due to it being quiet), we really enjoyed our food. Fresh, locally caught fish and produce which was very well prepared.

Following our very filling meal, the staff were only too happy to oblige in bringing drinks up to the residents' lounge for us.

The room was clean, well-presented and relaxing. The staff were polite, friendly and helpful.

Our breakfast in the morning was well-cooked and efficiently served.

We stayed with a discount code, which is perhaps another reason we were so pleased with our stay. If we'd paid the full whack I might have been a bit more sceptical/cynical.

But overall, comfortable stay in good surroundings. Good food with friendly staff.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We got a 5pm deal for B&B in a loch view room. We were happy with the price and even more so when we seen the view from the nicely appointed room. The hotel was in a good location and the room was perfectly adequate with toileteries provided in the bathroom. It was quite a small room but we didn't really go to stay in the room and it was spotlessly clean with a comfy bed. We had dinner and drinks in the bar which we enjoyed and had a pleasant evening. We found the owners and staff to be very friendly and helpful and would return to the hotel as a good base for exploring the area.

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1  Thank Mary1967
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Having spent a week touring Scotland we had a good feel for what was good value for money and of a good standard. Reading the other reviews we were excited about this place. Sadly we were very disappointed. We were offered a superior room for a standard price (over the telephone we were told £70 which fitted in with what we had been paying all week, only to find on the morning of check out it was £70 per person! Everywhere else without exception had charged per room. The hotel is tired and in need of a facelift, certainly on first impressions you think it is fine but on closer inspection you quickly realise it is not. It starts with reception which is untidy which does not bode well to start with. Our room had a window which would not close and when you have lorries roaring past at all hours means you don't get a good nights sleep. The bathroom: black mould in the shower, torn lino on the bathroom floor, dirty sink. Found a black hair in the bed (we are fair), stained blanket, dirty kettle and cup. If it had not been so late we would have checked out but decided to cut our losses and hope for at least a decent meal. Tough steak and lamb.
The owner is friendly enough and the breakfast was nice. The setting of the hotel is wonderful but we certainly would not go back, such a shame as it was the last night of our holiday.

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3  Thank Carolyn M
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Views do not get much better than this: looking out over Loch Fyne at sunset from the comfortable 1st floor residents' lounge or waking up to the same vista from a loch-facing room - fabulous.
This is a lovely hotel, well kept, comfortable and clean. We had a nice very large room overlooking the water with huge bed, table and seating area.
Although the location is remote (middle of nowhere comes to mind) the road makes its presence felt. We're not talking M25 here, but it does carry a fair amount of traffic - including heavy lorries - and this continues all through the night and is a tad noisy - aided and abetted by various creaks from the heating system!
The hotel has two eateries, the MacPhunn bar serving 'pub grub', and the main restaurant described as 'fine dining'. We chose the latter (our visit was a celebration) and were disappointed. Whilst not bad, 'fine dining' it isn't. We found the menu lacking in variety day to day. In 3 nights, the meat course changed from lamb to venison and back again and the guinea fowl was the same all 3 nights. There was a fish option. Not being a great fan of either lamb or venison, and having eaten the guinea fowl on day one, I strayed to the MacPhunn menu for day 2 and had an acceptable although very un-special steak and chips.
Our big disappointment came on our last evening when we both opted for the fish course. The portions were so small that both of us left the table hungry - a new experience for me. My scallop starter consisted of two small pieces of scallop looking very folorn in a sauce (which was very nice) on a huge plate. This was not all down to the chef - I had declined the lump of black pudding which accompanied my husband's equally tiny portion of scallop. The fish component of the main course was no more generous - a small (frankly starter-sized) fillet of fish perched on top of a disproportionately large quantity of lumpy mashed potato with a few mangetouts. We were not impressed.
I do not want to leave a negative impression of the Creggans. It is only the experience at dinner which needs a bit of a kick up the backside. We found the accommodation and breakfast very good, and the staff are friendly and helpful.

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2  Thank su51090
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Enjoyable tourist experiences seem in short supply in the Scottish highlands, so it was a pleasure to find The Creggan’s Inn on Loch Fyne. It provides excellent food, warm friendly service and comfortable accommodation – and an outstanding view no matter what the weather. We ate in the bistro after a few drinks around the bar room fire. It was one of those rare but profound travel experiences to wake up, look out of the window and see sunrise on the loch.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We spent three days at the Creggans Inn giving us chance to make the most of all its facilities, as well as the beautiful views. We had opportunity to eat in both the MacPhunns bar restaurant and well as the Fine Dining restaurant. The quality of food and service was superb in both restaurants and are highly recommended. Breakfast was again of very high quality with lots of choice and top service from the friendly staff. On a night time we were able to sit by the log fire and enjoy a quiet drink or chat with the locals. We also made the most of the lounge areas that offered wonderful views over Loch Fyne. Our room was very large and well decorated offering a very comfortable nights sleep. Creggan's is in an amazing location and we were able to visit many places including the Isle of Bute just 20 mins down the road to the ferry. All in all it was wonderful to stay somewhere that not only offered quality but that also provided an individual experience to their guests.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This wonderful hotel is in a great location right on the banks of a loch.Warm welcoming staff with delicious food from an extensive menu often using local produce. The rooms are comfortable and this includes the public lounges which are decorated with paintings and sculptures by local artists. Our bedroom was extremely comfrtable with a loch view and the furnishings were reflective of a Scottish coiuntry house. How lovely to have breakfast served properly and personally with food cooked to order after a selection of something tasty from the cereals and fruits on offer (the apricots with cinnamon and honey are fantastic). A great place for a long weekend or extended holiday or lunch/dinner in the passing if time is not on your side. Relax and enjoy, this is a Scottish 'must visit'!

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Address: Strachur House Loch Fyne | Argyll, Strachur PA27 8BX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Strachur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Strachur
Price Range: $131 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Creggans Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Creggans Inn is an award-winning, family-run hotel and offers the perfect retreat for the discerning guest. Each of our 14 bedrooms has been individually decorated and has its own disinct character, ideal for relaxing and unwinding in. Many of our rooms feature breathtaking views over Loch Fyne. ... more   less 
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