The Stirling Highland Hotel
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We set out early to make the ferry going to Malbaig. We had a spectacular journey across.
The quirky owner of our hotel in Skye had recommended that we drive to Stirling via Glencoe and it was great advice. It was so beautiful. We passed through dramatic snow capped mountains with beautiful streams running down from the mountains. I was …
'Are we there yet?'
'Are we there yet?'
'Are we there yet?'
My excitement could not be ignored. I had never been to Scotland before, and here I was aged 20 pining at the countryside zooming by like a dog at a car window. My fiance Rob and I arrived into Edinburgh station sometime before lunch, and we were keen to catch our connecting …
... and I was about to give up and sleep in the car when I spotted a small sign that read ‘Haybarn’ in the faintest red paint on an old wooden pole. It pointed to a small cabin off in the distance that I could only just make out in the gathering fog. Something about the name jogged my memory, and I trekked over to the cabin and peered inside. I could just make out the shape of a table with a note on top, and to my amazement the door opened when I tried the handle. Relief ...
... Church of the Holy Rude (outside only) followed by a Quick tour of the very old cemetery and then a short trip to Dunblane. Friday we left Stirling & drove to Pitlochry via the tourist route and saw some gorgeous scenery. The roads are once again icy and the temp has only managed to reach 1 degree. All the puddles are frozen over & there is a light covering of snow. Tonight we are staying at Cuil-An-Daraich Guest House.
... tap in the sink.
For the table we sourced a caravan table, onto which we fitted a floor mounted leg which could be removed and stored when not in use To create extra seating a tractor seat base was bought and fitted to the base of the passenger side seat allowing it to swivel a full 360 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Stirling Highland Hotel
Really enjoyed our business trip here.
The hotel is half way up a steep hill only 2-3 minutes from the town centre and there's plenty of parking. Rooms are large, comfortable, adequately equipped with hairdryer, toiletries etc. Staff are young, friendly and willing to help.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food; meals were included in our deal so I'm not sure of prices but the food we had was terrific. Dinner included choices of feta salad/ soup/ salmon/ lamb/ chicken with haggis.
Drinks in the bar are extortionate, a bottle of house wine is probably best value at £16. I'd recommend a 2 minute walk down the hill to sample some of Stirling's many bars rather than play overinflated bar prices.
I was here last week on business. I did not stay over although my colleague did. I did eat in the hotel every lunch time (as our company was paying for this). This review is based on my observations, my experiences and that of my colleagues.
Stayed here for Hogmany weekend and had a brilliant time. We had read some poor reviews after booking up earlier in the year and rang the hotel with our concerns. The Manager was most helpful and ensured us that the hotel had been recently refurbished and that we would get one of the most recently refurbished rooms. We were not disappointed. The room was perfect and the hotel has great character. The food was good, both dinner and breakfast. And also the staff were extremely friendly and helpful (particularly with some whisky tasting).
We stayed at this charming hotel recently and loved every minute of it. The location is fantastic, half an hour from Edingburgh and Glasgow and the City of Stirling itself is beautiful, plenty of attractions an amenities right on the doorstep.
The Stirling hotel had been converted from a school and has kept much of the old charm. The rooms are a nice size and have modern facilites such as internet access. On the down side, I can only describe breakfast at the Stirling Highland Hotel as disorganized chaos. It was just so badly run. None of the tables were being reset, the staff were all over the place and nothing was being refilled. I would recommend this hotel for the hotel itself but would suggest eating elsewhere at least for breakfast.
had a great stay here, the staff were very helpful and efficient, we did book 2 double rooms and got 2 twin rooms though, this seems to have happened to people who wrote other reviews. The breakfast was second to none and the location is ideal for sightseeing and shopping. overall I highly reccommend a stay here.
Deteriorated beyond belief.
Having stayed in this hotel a few years ago, at the time I found it fine, and on my way back from Edinburgh today decided to drop in for food.
The building itself is in very poor condition, and is cluttered with large volumes of superflous ageing furniture, the hotel generally is in decline, with all areas showing significant signs of age. The food was terrible, a deep fried black pudding, and a half soft half hard yolk fried egg on bread, was described to me as their 'breakfast'.
Auful. A shame for a hotel which was once reasonable.
(Also exceptionally expensive at £160 for a double.)
We booked a double room, upon arriving it was a twin but we were prepared to let that go. However what was not acceptable was that the bathroom had not been cleaned properly prior to our arrival. Other peoples body hairs on the toilet and on the floor. A black ring of scum on the edge of the sink which had obvously been there for a long time. Manager did offer to change our room, but as we were exhausted from travelling we declined, he got someone in to clean our room that night but it was extremely disheartening especially as we were booked for 5 nights.
A telescope on the roof?
This hotel is in the building that used to be Stirling high school & has an observatory on the roof. The street is very steep & the bedrooms are in a new extension on one side of a courtyard. As a result of this when you leave the dining room on the first floor of the old school building, you walk around the corner & you are on the third floor of the new extension. This is not a complaint but it is very quirky. The bedrooms are a decent size & have two nice little armchairs & tabe in a sitting area. The bathroom is quite large for a hotel, with a shower over the bath. The public rooms are very nice, carrying on the theme of the old high school. The decor includes lots of tapestries & a bit of a Rennie-Macintosh theme.
Great location but average lodging.
An average hotel with average staff. The twin room was comfortable and a nice size. We were told that most of the staff are students at the local university, which is great for summer jobs, but you should still give them some training. It was a very warm week and no fans were available. We spent 6 nights there and the bathroom floor was swept and mopped perhaps half of that time. I ran out of kleenex and none was ever replaced. The hairdryer was anchored inside a dresser drawer and could not be pulled out to be very useful. When the front desk was asked for ice, they had to ask wheher they were allowed to give any to the guests!