My wife wanted to stay in a Castle...so a castle I did find. This place has had so many mixed reviews I really didn't have a clue what to expect so when we pulled up and were immediately greeted by two members of staff who took our bags and parked our car I was pleasantly relieved.
The photos on their web site don't do the place any justice, it's magnificent on the inside without feeling overly stuffy (which is good when you have a toddler with you). All the staff were exceptionally friendly (for Scots - "dower" is the perfect word for the average Scot, certainly the ones we met). The views from our room were unbelievable, right at the foot of Glen Nevis. The rooom itself was fantastic, bigger than some suites we've stayed in.
We dined in the resteraunt every night and were never disappointed. Pre-dinner cocktails\after dinner liquers served in one of the many lounges or drawing rooms, with dinner itself being almost perfect.
The only real criticism of the hotel is more a general issue with Scotland, it appears that fruit and vegetables are illegal. We had some grapes in our room - that was the nearest to fibre we got in the 7 days we spent in Scotland.
Outside the hotel was dissapointing. Despite the proximity to Ben Nevis, I got the feeling most people in Fort William would prefer all the tourists to bugger off and leave them alone. Very few facilities, unfriendly shop staff (not there is any shopping). I know you go there for the scenary but come on - "turn that frown upside down scotland" - you guys are living in a natural wonderland.
In short, we genuinely loved the hotel and they did make an effort with our little boy. If you are going to Scotland you must stay there....but I don't think I'd go back to Scotland - maybe they could move the hotel to New Zealand?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Inverlochy Castle Hotel and Restaurant, Fort William, Scotland.Inverlochy is Scotland's finest luxury hotel and restaurant uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland.At Inverlochy you will experience one of the most relaxing and exciting vacations of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered.Rooms & ReservationsEach of the 17 bedrooms, all with private bathroom, have their own individual design and character, along with splendid views of the grounds and surrounding mountains. Room facilities include 30 inch Phillips mirror televisions, personal laptop computer with internet access, personal safe, cd player, radio, iron/ironing board. DVD player and video player as well as Playstation II available upon request.Below are small images of our rooms at Inverlochy. By clicking on the images you will be taken to a page with a 360°, interactive image of the entire room. This allows you to capture the unique atmosphere of our very individual rooms and make the choice of which of our luxury rooms you would like to reserve.Dining at InverlochyDinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savour in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway.Dining at InverlochyDinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savour in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway. ... more less
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- Inverlochy Castle Hotel Fort William, Scotland