Tulloch isn't very well sign posted however with a little help from the Sat nav we finally found our way there. On entering the castle, we were pleasantly surprised at how warm and cosy it was. The receptionist (Maya or similar) was extremely friendly, welcoming and organised. She showed us to our room (room 9) where we were presented with a rather shabby but extremely clean room with two separate beds (not fantastic start to our romantic weekend) and a ripped curtain in the fireplace. We popped back downstairs to reception shortly after and asked if it would be at all possible to change rooms to something with one double bed. After some scanning on the computer the receptionist offered us a four poster bed (room 7) for an extra £10 per evening which I thought was extremely reasonable especially as the room was large, warm, full of character and a fireplace that had logs in it it! Hooray! We were over the moon.
We booked dinner in the restaurant the Saturday evening. Very atmospheric, service was fantastic, wine was great and the food was absolutely outstanding. Breakfast was fine the following morning however on the Monday morning we didn't have as much luck. There was a South African gentleman working both in reception and in the restaurant. He seemed very flustered, took our order with no choice for our cooked breakfast which was fine as we were happy with anything. When cooked breakfast arrived, the only thing that was warm on the plate were the eggs. I asked for mines to be heat up but when it came back it was piping hot and the food had hardened / rubbered up. These things happen.
All in all, a fab weekend at Tulloch Castle. Do not come here if you are expecting a 5 star spa weekend with plush and luxurious fittings/furnishings. This castle is what it is, an old castle with lots of character, great service and fantastic evening dining. I would not rate this hotel as 4 star but would go back all the same.
Showers are very very weak so wake up in plenty time or take a bath :)
Reception staff are amazing (young man who worked on Sunday evening was fantastic. Showed us around the castle telling us of some ghost stories
Eat in the restaurant rather than the bar. Much nicer
Be sure to view the oak room and grand hall!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an imposing position, with Highland views spread out like an open atlas, Tulloch Castle is on the edge of the bustling market town of Dingwall, just 15 miles north of Inverness. Swift new roads make Tulloch Castle the perfect base to explore the enchanting Black Isle to the east and the stunning contrasts of the unforgettable deep glens and rugged coastlines of the unforgettable deep glens and rugged coastlines of the West Highlands; all just a daytrip away. Whether you want to enjoy a fine meal in our restaurant, rest for a few nights in one of the castle bedchambers, or just taste local ale in the Green Lady Lounge, you will find Tulloch Castle an unforgettable place to visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tulloch Castle Dingwall
- Hotel Tulloch Castle
- Tulloch Castle Hotel Dingwall, Scotland