This was our first visit to Loch Achray in November 2012 for a Mountains and Mistletoe pre-Christmas celebration. Although this is an old hotel, it lacks the character and charm of some of the other Lochs & Glens hotels, for me this may be because there are no open log fires in the winter. What the building lacks in character and charm is more than made up for with the friendly and cheerful staff in reception and in the dining room. Manager Elaine, Jik, Csilla and Stefan were just a few of the staff who put up with my brothers jokes with a smile.
While we were here, the Noro Virus was a real threat to large establishments where illness could spread quickly and Lochs & Glens took the threat seriously, with alcohol hand gel available at entrances to the hotels and in particular on the way in to the dining room.
Much fun was had in the dining room celebrating Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Hogmanay. Whoever would have thought that the mainly elderly guests would have had so much fun with balloons? Young men in kilts beware! Loch Achray is another hotel in the Lochs & Glens chain where gluten-free options are not shown on the menu, and some staff seemed to have a much greater awareness of this than others. Some staff were able to advise which options on the menu were safe for my husband to eat, while others looked confused and went to check.
We didn’t see much of the evening entertainment at Loch Achray as there didn’t appear to be much made of the fact that we were celebrating Christmas and Hogmanay, although there were Scottish dancers one night. There didn’t appear to be an overall entertainments front-of-house person such as Phill at Loch Awe or Ashley at the Inversnaid. The daily quizzes had a festive theme, but not much seemed to be made of them, just a brief announcement as to who had won that day. Lessons could be learned from Loch Awe or the Inversnaid on this front. Free Wi-Fi is available in reception.
Loch Achray does have its own herd of Highland cattle, so there are photo opportunities to capture these beasties. I’m told that Fiona and her family are very partial to left-over toast from the breakfast table, and if you ask the staff they will give you some to feed the coos.
Our driver for this holiday was Phill Cooper, and our relief driver was Tracey Mitchell, both good fun, very competent and an asset to Lochs and Glens. The food here was good, the staff brilliant, and rooms clean, but this wouldn’t be my first choice of Lochs & Glens hotels to revisit.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Loch Achray
- Loch Achray Hotel Aberfoyle, Scotland