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We stayed at two stunning hotels in Glencoe Scotland.
Not only is Glencoe the most scenic and famous glen in Scotland, it was also recently voted the most romantic one in the country. It’s only fitting to stay at idyllic hotels that are as much a part of this fairy tale landscape as the mountains themselves. Justin and I split our nights between two hotels in Glencoe Scotland: the Ballachulish Hotel and the brand new Kingshouse Hotel.
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Both hotels offer different yet equally luxurious experiences. I’ll describe our stay at both hotels and you can choose where to stay in Glencoe. However, you might decide to split your time between both hotels like we did for two unique overnight stays. No matter what you decide, you’ll be guaranteed a restful night’s sleep in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.
GLENCOE TRAVEL GUIDE
GETTING AROUND GLENCOE: The best way to travel around Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands is renting your own car and seeing it on your own. You can also get around on your own two feet with epic hikes and walks around this spectacular region.
THINGS TO DO IN GLENCOE: Coming soon! In the meantime, check out the rest of our Scotland blog posts.
PHOTOS OF GLENCOE: Check out our entire photo album of pictures from Glencoe to inspire your trip. You can also purchase prints, housewares, and all sorts of gifts made from any of our photos – just click the “buy” button on any picture.
The Ballachulish Hotel (pronounced Ba-la-hoo-lish) has welcomed guests since 1877. This historic home is the perfect base for exploring Glencoe and Fort William. It’s just outside of the village of Glencoe on the shores of Loch Linnie, with brilliant views of the hills of Glencoe. Once we checked in at the front desk, we drifted up the grand staircase to our room. I couldn’t help but wonder about the guests over the last century and beyond who have wandered up this very same set of stairs to their room. Were they experiencing the beauty of the Scottish Highlands for the first time, just like us?
It was easy to feel as though we’d been transported back in time at the Ballachulish Hotel. Our “feature room” was filled with antique furnishings, as well as rich, bold patterns. It’s easy to see how this is one of the best hotels in Glencoe Scotland.
While each room has its own individual character, we adored ours at the front of the home. With multiple windows from two sides of the room, we had glorious views of the surrounding scenery. It was a beautiful day outside. The waters of Loch Linnie twinkled, boats drifted beneath the Ballachulish Bridge, and the flags of Scotland outside our room flapped in the breeze. We highly recommend booking one of the feature rooms for the view alone.
As much as the room reminded us of times long ago, it had tons of modern amenities, too. There’s a flatscreen TV set with many satellite channels, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and plenty of tea and coffee to start the day right. Our bathroom had a large bathtub with a shower, and it was quite spacious.
Once we reached Ballachulish Hotel after a day of adventures, we didn’t have to leave. With a restaurant right on site, the Bulas Bar & Bistro, you don’t have to go anywhere. There are vegetarian and vegan items marked right on the menu, although the chef came out to help determine the meals that we could have.
We started with the Slow Roast Mushroom and Rosemary Pate (grilled courgette, pickled tomato, sourdough crouton) and an order of artisan bread with lemon rapeseed oil. For the main course, we ordered the beetroot and quinoa burger, without a bun. They’re currently trying to source a vegan bun (right now it’s vegetarian – a brioche bun). The patty was super delicious and topped with onion jam, and it came with a side of sweet potato fries. There was even a vegan dessert on the menu, a raspberry tart with vegan ice cream (just request for the ice cream to be vegan!).
Aside from the food, one of the best aspects of dining at the Ballachulish Hotel’s restaurant was the view from the dining room window. We watched the sun go down as we ate dinner. The sky turned brilliant shades of orange, red, and eventually pastel pink and purple.
In the morning, all guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast spread. It’s a classic Scottish breakfast, so I ate some toast, fruit, and baked beans. It was super delicious. And of course, there was a large pot of coffee to savor and enjoy!
Guests of the Ballachulish Hotel can take a short drive down the road to their sister hotel, the Isles of Glencoe, to enjoy the swimming pool, sauna, and jacuzzi. While we didn’t take the advantage of the swimming facilities, be sure to pack your swimsuit so you can fully relax and unwind there.
Ballachulish Hotel is one of the hotels in Glencoe Scotland that happens to be dog-friendly. If you’re traveling around with your best buddy, there’s just a small fee. Your pup is welcome in all the public spaces too, except for the bar and restaurant. Didn’t bring a pet along with you on this trip? You might have the chance to meet the hotel’s friendly cat, Diego!
Justin and I thoroughly loved our stay at the Ballachulish Hotel, making it one of the best places to stay in Glencoe. If you’re looking for an amazing Glencoe accommodation, look no further. From the warm welcome upon our arrival to the comfortable room and delicious food, we highly recommend that you stay at the Ballachulish Hotel. Book your stay at the Ballachulish Hotel, and read more reviews of this wonderful hotel.
The next day, we went on some adventures around Glencoe and Fort William. The two of us moved on to our next accommodation in Glencoe, the Kingshouse Hotel.
For another brilliant choice of hotels in Glencoe Scotland, consider booking your stay at the Kingshouse Hotel. You’ll find the Kingshouse Hotel in the remote eastern end of Glencoe near the road towards Glen Etive. It’s one of the oldest hotels in Scotland, dating back to the 1750s. In fact, after the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the inn was used by the British Army (hence its name, the Kingshouse).
Recently, there were some massive renovations to the Kingshouse Hotel, tearing down an addition from the 1960s and adding a huge modern expansion and refurbishment. The original Kingshouse building from the 1750s was kept and restored. It remains as “The Way Inn”, a traditional pub for walkers and climbers in the area (as well as hotel guests) as a place to relax and recharge.
The Kingshouse Hotel recently opened in 2019 after these brand new and modern renovations, and we were among some of the first guests to stay at this brand new hotel. Walking into the hotel, we were immediately wowed by the modern and pristine design. Even though there was a grand entrance and foyer, some cozy elements to this space remain, like fireplaces and bookshelves full of books.
Our standard room was very cozy and updated to every modern standard. There was a flatscreen TV with many satellite channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, USB outlets (and standard outlets) by the bed, a spacious desk to work at, and brilliant views of the rolling hills from our window. At the desk, you’ll find a kettle with complimentary coffee and tea. If you’d like some espresso or a fancier beverage, you can easily pop down to the Kingshouse Bar or The Way Inn pub.
In addition to a king-sized bed, there was also a sofa bed. This can be used as a couch or an additional space for two more people to sleep. This room is perfect for families with children or even if you are traveling as two couples. If you’ve gone hiking in the rain or mud, you can also use the hotel’s storage and drying room.
The bathroom was very clean, spacious, and modern. There was ample space on the counter for all of our toiletries and belongings. Our bathroom had a bathtub and a shower.
We dined at the Kingshouse Restaurant, which was nothing short of spectacular. The massive windows allowed for picturesque views of the mountains as we dined that evening. The menu has a good amount of vegetarian and vegan choices, which are clearly marked. While there wasn’t a vegan entree, the chef easily adapted a vegetarian one for us.
We ordered the Wild Mushroom and Thyme Pate (with celeriac and horseradish relish and beetroot crisps) to start, and the Root Vegetable and Barley Risotto (with roasted garlic and parsley dressing) as the main course.
If you’re looking for a drink or a light meal, head to the Kingshouse Bar. There are an assortment of veg-friendly dishes, like hummus, a cauliflower curry, and a quinoa burger. You can even bring your dog to this area of the hotel.
After dinner, Justin and I wandered down the hall to the Way Inn for a beer. There was such a charming atmosphere where old meets new. They maintained the classic features of the building’s structure and style, adding a modern wooden bar as the center piece. I loved how some of the tables were wooden barrels surrounded by glass.
In the morning, there was a buffet breakfast for all guests of the hotel, featuring all elements of a traditional Scottish breakfast. I happily munched on the veggie offerings of toast, baked beans, fruit, and plenty of coffee.
In addition to the Kingshouse Hotel, there’s also the Bunkhouse for hikers and backpackers visiting the region. For a low price, you can book a bunk bed in a shared space, with access to shower facilities and the pub. You can also book the buffet breakfast at the hotel for an additional small fee.
There are wild deer living around the property as the hotel is right in the middle of glorious nature. They recommend that you view the deer from afar and please do not feed them. We saw one of the deer as we were leaving the Kingshouse Hotel in the morning, as if the deer were bidding us farewell. Be sure to read more reviews from fellow travellers for even more insights.
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So, there you have it: two beautiful hotels in Glencoe Scotland where we loved resting our heads at night. We weren’t able to pick a favorite hotel, so don’t make us choose! The Ballachulish Hotel was very elegant and contained many stylish antiques, with spectacular views of Loch Linnie and the rolling hills. Alternatively, the Kingshouse Hotel was brand new and modern, while retaining some elements of its heritage and beautiful scenery of the mountains. No matter which hotel you choose, you’re bound to have an exciting and memorable stay.
Thank you so much to the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels for inviting us to stay at your properties. We had such a wonderful stay and highly recommend your hotels to all travelers to Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands.
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