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Bridge of Orchy Hotel

Argyll & Lomond

Bridge of Orchy, Argyll. PA36 4AD.

Tel: +44 1838 400 208

http://www.bridgeoforchy.co.uk

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One of the main routes to the Western Highlands runs from Glasgow to Fort William via Loch Lomond and Glencoe: it's a dramatic drive and right out in the wild lands between touristy Tyndrum and the dramatic glen, the journey passes this isolated inn/hotel.

In recent years investment has gone into the property and it is actually quite a surprising spot. It successfully welcomes a wide range of guests, and that makes for an interesting mix. For exhausted hillwalkers  or skiers in season to day trippers to those simply basing themselves here for a short break, the hotel can cater for all.

In the original whitewashed 1930s building are traditional-style bedrooms, often sold at an excellent rate so usually very busy. Adjacent to the main inn are strikingly bold brand new rooms, many with French doors opening out to the River Orchy and an absolutely idyllic rural setting. Much thought has gone into these new rooms and they certainly offer a whole new class of accommodation at the hotel. There are many really nice touches and the décor fits restfully with the superb setting. A hit!

Food has, over recent years, generally been good and sometimes it has been exceptionally so. Gastro-pub/bistro style dining is the trend and the menu features quite a few home-made and many local items. The open-plan restaurant is next to the vibrant bar and has an elevated terrace with tables and chairs (and a great view) for sunnier days. The bar, meanwhile, has both a contemporary area with comfy, modern seating and an adjacent country pub zone with real log stove and bench seating.

Separately, the hotel offers a recently opened, airy restaurant for those who prefer a slightly more formal setting and there is a quiet guest lounge area.

General Manager Nadia Reis has had a great impact on the hotel over recent years and she and her friendly team have worked very hard to make this busy hotel up-to-date, with superior accommodation, while retaining the core charm of a welcome for hiking boots, fishing tales and real ale hunters.

UPDATE: 6TH AUGUST 2014

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