The Lodge On The Loch
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... keying in on Clan McDonald. It was interesting, but a little early for me, and I only gave the displays a cursory glance. Shortly down the road we arrived at the ferry at Armadale for our crossing of the Sound of Sleat. We had to disembark from the bus and sit in the lounge area of the ferry until we arrived on the other side. We sat with Grahame and his wife, Alison on the ferry for the 20 minute ride. We then had to board the ...
... were in cold wind and cloud. However as we descended to the Window things started to clear, and we had good views from the high summit plateau and all around us from the summit of Creag Meagaidh. We descended back to the Window, and down the steep snow slope to the lake. (was it an arctic char we saw rising?) The descent down the valley was excellent and we got back to the car after 8+1/2 lovely ...
... on this part. There are 2 summits so we visited both (it'd be a travesty not to have visited the 'right one'),
before descending through a short squall on the descent before crossing the boggy Col at 600m, ready to start the ascent up Beinn a Chaorainn. We had good views over loch Treig at this point,
the grey corries and Aonoch mor and Beag.
However we watched them disappear ...
The truth is we promised each other that we would do the two walks and we both feel a great sense of accomplishment in having done them. The walk we just did is not a very exciting walk. The Canal has hills on one side and tall hedges and trees on the other, so you see very little scenery.
The canal is wide, as it was designed for ocean going ships, so you don't get the feeling of intimacy you get on the English ...
... started to rain. Our route continued on the track towards the Lochan and then veered off up the nose of Sgor Eilde Beag. There were occasional glimpses of views through the mist but mainly it was wet and foggy, but on a good zig-zag path so no problems route finding. There was plenty of snow in the gullies on the East side and snow on the ridge to Binnean Mor. It looks a splendid ridge to do again on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lodge On The Loch Onich
A two/three star hotle with a five star restaurant.
I was quite disappointed in the 'Luxury' hotel me and my finacee chose. We had spent a long time looking at different places and we felt we had found a great hotel (the pictures looked great). When we arrived we were shown to a room that was looking quite tired and was not my idea of luxury, with bad furniture and a general feel of scruffiness. The tea and coffee facilities were, as mentioned, rather amateurish and there was enough for just a few drinks each. The road was rather noisy and I agree with others that it does spoil the atmosphere and beautiful scenery around you. The meal was great and we had a nice evening but I don't think the overall price was good value for money. I would not visit this hotel again and advise others to do a bit more looking around.
Don't be fooled by the pictures!
On surfing the web for "luxury" hotels, we decided to book in at this hotel. The pictures of the rooms looked amazing and we had decided to stay in the Terricotta Room, apparently the "most sought after room!"
On arrival we were greeted by a member of staff who showed us up to our room. As soon as the door opened we were hit by a musty smell. The room was poorly decorated and showed great sign of wear and tear, bed clothes looked worn and torn, wall paper was poorly finished, chipped paint on window sill, bottom of bath was marked and chipped, carpet was marked and dirty, room was dusty and in need of a good clean. No sign of "fresh garden flowers", candles or cordials as advertised. Although the view was spectacular, we though that someone might have taken the time to remove the sticker marks from them.
We also expected the Lodge to be "on the loch" due to not only the name but the picture on the internet - how wrong we were! Think they should change the name to "Lodge by the Main, Busy road!"
Expecting a good 3 * hotel, we were extremely disappointed with the standard (expecially at that price!) we checked straight back out.
Great for a special treat
My Girlfriend booked this as a birthday treat. We stayed in the "Terracotta Room" which was beautiful. I'm not really impressed by bathrooms but this one is stunning. The drinks service before dinner was 1st class and the meal was superb. We had room service the following morning which was ok, but not great. I wasnt really impressed with our check in (the young man did try hard, but needs a bit more experience) but that thats the only thing i can fault. I never heard any traffic noise and the views from the room were amazing. I would definately come back!
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My partner arranged a surprise trip for me, he chose the Highlands of Scotland
Well his first impressions of the Lodge was that the website was missleading, there is a busy road a stones throw away between the property and the lake.
The gardens were a lot less impressive that he thought they would be, but it was nice to sit outside in during the good weather ( Midges Permitting )
The downside was the noice of heavy haulage vehicles passing on the main road within 25 meters of the Lodge
Other than this my partner and myself were satified with everything else within the hotel.
The rooms were nice and there were great views of the mountains across the lake.
The staff were friendly and efficient, not to mention helpful all but with one exception.
The hotels choice of transportation for our romantic evening out.
We deceided to dine out one evening to celebrate my partners birthday, reception advised us of a good restaurant a taxi ride away.
We asked reception to book a taxi and our table for the evening.
My partner and I got dressed for the occasion and awaited our taxi down stairs.
I don't think we had any expectations about our taxi as we use them regularly to and from work.
As we sat in the foyer by the window a tired looking old red peugeot pulled up at the door, a man got out and came into the hotel dressed casually in faded jeans white T. shirt.
As it turned out this was our taxi driver and the before mentioned 14 year old car outside was our transport for the evening.
Were we over dressed for the occasion I started to wonder ?
There was a loud rattle under the car all the way over our journey, though our driver seemed oblivious to it.
All in all this is not what we would have expected from an establishement as highly ranked as the Lodge.
The driver was pleasant and friendly though, but was 20 minutes late for our return trip though very apologetic upon arrival, and yes the rattle was still there to keep us company on the way back to the hotel.
Dissapointing transportation from a luxury hotel.
For our honeymoon, my now wife and I decided to stay in Scotland to enjoy the beautiful scenery and avoid travel delays etc. So we booked the Lodge on The Loch. After reading reviews and looking at their web-site, we were convinced an indulgent break lay ahead of us. How wrong.
The room was in very poor state of decor. Desk was loose from the wall, Wallpaper hanging off the wall, cd player broken, no fresh flowers from garden every day, no cd library. Luxuary items such as Tea and Coffee & Cordials equated to sachets of nescafe and Tetley Tea (as you get in road side cafes)
Staff were nice, restaraunt was excellant - it was the only reason we stayed.
Value for money - very poor!! stayed in a 2 other hotels that week in similar price range - all far better, almost unquantifiable so!!
Also worth mentioning - it is on the main road North to fort william, so not the quiet, serine realxing place where you can go for romantic walks, unless you like vehicle fumes and hugging dykes as 40 tonne trucks fly past at 60mph
The Lodge on the Loch is one of my favorite hotels. The geographical location is incredibly beautiful. The room was lovelyand the dinner in the dining room was amazing. Overall, the word I would use to describle this place is elegant and romantic. Not a place to take the kids though. The Highlands at their best!
My friends & I were pretty disappointed with the Lodge on the Loch. After reviewing the hotel's website and the glowing reports from tripadvisor our expectations were somewhat high. We booked the cosy cabins which looked lovely on the hotel's website, but which in fact turned out to be no more than a broom cupboard with a side view of the loch overlooking first of all the car pack and the very busy road into Fort William. The rooms supposedly had been refurbished but our room looked tacky with an amaterurish painting of blue sky on the walls and curtains that were coming away from their fittings. The bathroom was pokey and the basin too small was too wash your face in.
We booked DBB as we were informed that we had to pay for the dinner even though we did not have it one of the nights we stayed. The night we did have it the food was of a good standard (well done chef) with some good starters and mains. However the desserts were disappointing.
The receptionist on arrival was very pleasant and helped organise taxis for us, however not all were like that. One waitress in particular was rather surly and when we had to depart quite early on the Sunday (at 9am, not that early!) we were informed that we would not be provided with a hot breakfast but would have to make do with tea & toast.
All in all, we still managed to have an enjoyable stay and would recommend the place to others, just don't go there with high expectations after seeing their website which rather embellishes the truth. Not very good value.
The most romantic hotel ever!
This hotel is a truly magical place that surpasses your expectations. I booked for my boyfriend's birthday and it was one of the most relaxing weekends I have ever had. The service was excellent but not too over the top...little touches like homebaking and cordials in the room made it all the more special. We stayed in one of the luxury rooms overlooking the loch which was gorgeous...especially when we ordered breakfast in our room. The food was also of a very high standard with the most magnificent cheeseboard I have ever had! It was expensive...but truly worth it for a special occasion.
A fab place
We went here for the start of our honeymoon and loved it. The 'luxury' rooms are individually themed - we stayed in 'body and soul', and it was great. The food is superb, and the location wild and magnificent.
We're going back again in June and trying another room this time.
IMy husband and I have traveled the world,but few hotels give you that at home feeling,this one does.From the moment we arrived to departure the service was warm and gracious.The food was just mouthwateringly good,and the service better than any first class hotel that we have stayed in.We will be returning after Christmas for another visit, and are looking forward to our stay. Mr and Mrs Burns