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“Always a warm welcome”
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The Boathouse
Ranked #1 of 2 Kilsyth B&B and Inns
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Always a warm welcome”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

My friend and I occasionally walk from Kirkintilloch to here, have lunch and walk back. It is an excellent place to eat and is always busy. Staff are very friendly and will do their best to accommodate you. Cyclists and walkers are welcome no matter how muddy you are. We have offered to take our boots off for fear of messing up their carpet on various occasions but the staff say it is no problem. Can be a bit pricier than your average place but it lovely to visit. There are some surprisingly tasty and filling salads here as well as your traditional sunday roast. Young children will enjoy seeing the boats and feeding the swans during their visit.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Lovely place to stay and to eat.
All the staff were friendly and helpful. Especially, Cameron who was there afternoon, evening and at breakfast. He was attentive (not overbearing), he knew the menu and what was used by way of ingredients and really couldn't do enough. He googled and made calls to help us on our 35 mile walk on the Forth and Clyde Canal. His recommendation to use The Stables at Kirkitilloch on our journey was spot on.
The hotel is modern and fresh and very relaxing.
Restaurant: the evening meal was very good (the mussels, the haggis and definately the Stornoway black pudding with poached egg and mushrooms are recommended). Breakfast for £5 on top of the room price is a real bargain. There's was a huge choice and going off the published menu was not an issue.
In the accommodation (you have to register at the bar and go back outside to get to the rooms) there was an indication of ongoing maintenance (a faint smell of paint. This tells me they care) and the rooms are of a very good standard for the money. Minor improvements could be made e.g. replacing light bulbs in our bathrooms. Hot water was also just hot enough, The bed was comfy and extra pillows were in the room. Free Wi-fi was included.
Overall an excellent stay and highly recommended. We'll be back.

Room Tip: ask for a canal/marina view
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Scotland
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

What a fantastic place. Great food lovely area. Great view from the room. Would definitely recommend. Would go back again. Thank you to Malcolm and especially Chloe for the service last night for my sister-in-laws 60th birthday food and service was excellent.

Room Tip: Caledonian room was the best view double window
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We stay in Scotland on business about three or our times a year, usually staying. Little further outs, saw the boathouse and decided to I've it a go, nice big clean rooms and the restaurant was superb, such a substantial menu you could stay a week and still be spoilt for choice , the food we had was absolutely superb and I would recommend highly as a restaurant and as a business hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We used the £100 voucher given at Christmas for this weekend. We didn't know quite what to expect as this voucher covered evening meal, overnight stay and breakfast; for two! To say that our expectations were exceeded is an understatement! The rooms are large, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The dinner menu was extensive and the food delicious. Our server was cheerful and very helpful. The breakfast menu caters for every dietary need but one word of warning; make sure you are hungry because the portions are huge! I would highly recommend The Boathouse to people of all ages if looking for a lovely weekend away.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the marina.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We got some Tesco Clubcard reward vouchers for this restaurant - and it is fantastic! We went once with the kids, and once ourselves. It is light and bright and airy, and the setting is lovely. The food is similar to the sister restaurant, 'The Wheelhouse', near Falkirk, but 'The Boathouse' is much lighter. I am gluten-free, and in most places have one or 2 options. This restaurant had an entire gluten-free menu, as well as gluten-free pasta, so I had lots of choice. We both had the scallops, which were lovely. My husband had the fish curry, which was excellent - more of a tasting menu really. I forget exactly what he had, but it was a selection with rice and the curry sauce - salmon, prawns and a white fish, maybe bream. I had a really nice creme brulee, as well as some lovely Marlborough Sauvignon - they had a good selection of wines by the glass, as well as a good cocktail menu, although we didn't try any of those.

When we went with the kids last summer, there were loads of baby frogs hopping about, which delighted my son. I imagine you could have a lovely little wander around the marina - we left, as we had a young baby, but it is definitely a place to return to. If you live locally, it is comparable to 'The River House' in Stirling. They had a set price menu, like 'The River House', which had good quality food for a lower price than if you bought the dishes separately. The variety and quality is comparable to 'The River House'.

If you do use Clubcard vouchers, then they are for food, and cannot be used for drinks.

Room Tip: Looking out over the marina would be lovely - the other wide faces a car park.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Excellent little pitstop on the canal. Food was promptly served, hot and particularly enjoyable! .. dined here with a little one aged seven, the staff were excellent, and even satisfied the wee fussy one! ... thanks!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Boathouse
Address: Auchinstarry, Kilsyth G65 9SG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > North Lanarkshire > Kilsyth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Kilsyth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Boathouse 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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