Bed and Breakfast, Hotel and Restaurant
West coast Highlands Hotel accommodation and restaurant
Family or walking holidays: Spean Bridge Station 1 mile,
near Fort William and the Caledonian Canal.
Weddings and parties. Visit Scotland ****
Old Pines Hotel and Restaurant
by Fort William
Good food in natural surroundings
Travellers to the West coast of Scotland will be happy to know about Old Pines, an oasis of excellent food and comfortable accommodation sheltered by old Caledonian woodland, about a mile from the North-South road, The Great Glen Way.
Old Pines is run as a small hotel and restaurant by Imogen and Ken Dalley with enthusiasm and dedication and a combination of informality and exceptional service. The setting is comfortable and relaxed. There are log fires, a wood burning stove, cosy places to sit, views through the pine trees to distant hills (right) and lots of maps, guides and interesting books to read in the bookshelves.
Guest comment: "Comfy beds, comfy towels, excellent food and wine - A real home from home welcome and stay."
All the food is cooked at home and there is a wonderful choice in this part of Scotland: locally produced lamb and beef, wild venison from the Great Glen, and exceptional seafood from Mallaig. Imogen and Ken are developing an organically-managed garden so they have the freshest ingredients with the best flavour. They also make their own ice-cream, desserts and scones, and bake their own bread.
EXAMPLE EVENING MENU:
AboutScotland editor's comment: "We stayed and ate here on a summer's evening – the food was delicious and the atmosphere very relaxed and friendly. And we loved the view from the dining room."
After dinner you can retire to the sitting room and sink into an arm chair in front of the log fire.
Old Pines is all on one floor (no stairs to climb to bed!), and there are 8 rooms: family, single, twin and doubles, all with private bathrooms, most en suite.
Children are welcome at Old Pines and there is a large garden with rope-swing and trampoline for them to explore. We have a selection of DVDs, books and games to keep them amused as well.
All bedrooms have bath/shower-rooms en suite.
Weddings and parties:
Private parties and weddings with up to 30 guests. Old Pines has a civil marriage licence which means you can be married here by a registrar or a local priest.
|High Season - May-September inclusive
Low Season - Jan-April and October- December
(excluding Xmas & New Year period)
|Prices in pounds:|
|High season||Low season|
|Dinner, bed and breakfast en-suite (per person per night)||90||82.50|
|One week dinner, bed and breakfast (per person)||570||520|
|Bed and breakfast (per person per night)||55||45|
|One week bed and breakfast (per person)||350||270|
Childen under 5 £20 per night including children's tea and 6-14 £30 per night including children's tea.
Children over 12 eating in the restaurant will be charged £50 if sharing a room with an adult, including dinner.
DBB rates include afternoon tea or coffee with cakes or scones.
We ask for a credit card or switch number with expiry date to confirm a booking.
Cancellation policy: rooms cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival will be charged at the full rate. A 10% deposit will be required for bookings of 3 rooms or more.
Ask about weddings and house parties at Old Pines, and about our Special Breaks for great off peak rates!
To enquire or to book:
Imogen and Ken Dalley,
Old Pines Hotel and Restaurant,
by Fort William, PH34 4EG
Tel: 01397 712 324
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1397 712 324
Please tell Imogen and Ken you found Old Pines through About Scotland!
Old Pines is ideally situated as a base for exploring the West Highlands and Islands. Day trips can easily be made to Skye, Mull and Iona, Ardnamurchan, Oban, Arisaig and the Small Isles. Glen Coe, Aviemore, Loch Ness, Culloden, and Glen Affric are all just an hour or so away by car. Commandos used this wild area of moorland for training during WW2 - the Commando Monument (right) is just a mile away.
Many activities can be pursued locally, including walking, fishing, skiing, climbing, golf or just pottering about discovering the history, culture and spectacular scenery of the area. Old Pines has bikes to lend, and boats can be hired locally. Sailing and other water sports are available on nearby Loch Oich.
Or for a car-free holiday come by train to Spean Bridge - overnight sleeper direct from London Euston, up the beautiful West Highland line, and Imogen and Ken will meet the train - buses (300 meters) walking and cycling right from the door.