We stayed at the Whitebridge Hotel for 5 nights and had a wonderful time. We received a warm and friendly welcome from the owners Sarah and David on arrival. Our room was very clean and comfortable with fabulous views over the mountains. At night the only sound to be heard was the nearby river.
The hotel has a main dining room and comfortable lounge but we spent most our time in the warm bar area in the evenings. This was ideal for us after spending a day out walking, it was great just to be able to relax and unwind with a drink - talking of which the hotel has just been recommended in the Good Beer Guide for 2008 for its beer. With the Rugby world cup on and the matches shown on the TV screen in the bar there was a good friendly atmosphere with the locals who would come into the bar.
The hotel is located in a very tranquil and peaceful area. The only places that could be seen were a few holiday lodges. Although the hotel is not actually by Loch Ness, Foyers waterfall is nearby and within a reasonable walk from the hotel. The falls are definitely worth a visit. We were hoping to see some of the red squirrels that live in the woods. There is café aptly named Red Squirrel, the owner was not exactly the most welcoming but did tell us the best chance of seeing the squirrels was to get there early in the morning. True to his word we did get there early, before breakfast and there they were. We were lucky enough to get very close to them.
The hotel offers a range of excellent home cooked food. In the mornings the cooked breakfast, which included the option of cooked haggis, was great and more than enough to keep us fuelled for the day and was especially needed on the day we climbed Ben Nevis. We were provided with a packed lunch on this day, which was really appreciated. In the evenings there was a choice of meals, which included venison pie and chicken stuffed with haggis (what else would you expect) and served with a wonderful whisky sauce. We have to mention the home cooked pizzas too, my wife enjoys a pizza on holiday and she said the pizza she had was one of the best.
We just loved the hotel, the location of the hotel and the level of service that was provided. The hotel is ideally easy reach of not only of Loch Ness, but nearby Fort Augustus, Fort William and Inverness and all surrounded by wonderful scenery. We enjoyed the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis, which is a hard days walk. We were really fortunate that the weather was clear and made the effort worth even more worthwhile.
Sarah and David go out of the way to make you feel most welcome. We would definitely recommend staying at this hotel and will definitely return to enjoy more of the good food and wonderful highland scenery. If you go then don’t forget to say hello to their two posh Jacob sheep, Gladys and Tania!
- Also Known As:
- Whitebridge Hotel Scotland