I stayed at Torlundy for five nights to allow me to explore one of my favourite parts of the United Kingdom. Being single, it is often hard to find single rooms without paying an extortionate suppliment, so when I found Torlundy House online at a reasonable cost it had to be done. The online booking experience was very simple and easy to do.
Upon arrival after a long journey from Yorkshire, the host, Michael, greeted me, showed me to my room and offered my a welcome coffee. There is a guest living room and guest dining room in addition to the en suite rooms. In the living room there are two folders - one giving menus for all the local restaurants and one giving ideas on what to do in the area (there is plenty - even in wet weather!). Knowing I was going to do some hill walking, Michael even put the mountain weather forecast on the wall in the reception area.
Torlundy House itself is a few miles outside Fort William, on a quiet estate just off the A82 towards Spean Bridge. It is well signed from the road if coming from Fort William. Unfortunately, this means a drive into Fort William or Spean Bridge for an evening meal, which means a driver cannot drink, but that isn't a particular problem.
The view from Torlundy House of Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range is one of the best you can get. It is also on clear nights much darker than the town lights of home if like me you enjoy stargazing.
The room I was in was a single room, Room 1. It consisted of a walk in cupboard / wardrobe, single bed, two bedside tables, light, bottled water and sweets, Freeview TV, and free WiFi. The en-suite bathroom was a shower, sink and toilet, with toiletries and towels provided. It was very very clean, and deserving of it's four star rating.
Michael is a font of all local knowledge, and will answer any question you have on the local area, and useful for pointing out local hidden gems away from many tourists. He is a very welcoming host and an excellent cook.
Breakfasts are made to order - leave a form in reception each evening stating what you want and what time you want it (7.45am or 8.30am). There is a choice of cereals, brown or white bread, fruit and yoghurt, as well as fruit juice, tea and coffee. You can also have a full Scottish breakfast (I recommend the haggis and the blackpudding), or a healthier option of salmon and egg. Either way the standard of cooking and presentation is second to none.
Apart from the booking reservation fee of £20, the rest of the payment is done on departure. You can pay by most cards, or if like me, you are wanting to get rid of the Scottish banknotes before returning to England, cash payment can be made.
I cannot find a single fault with this bed and breakfast. I have recommended it to all my friends and work colleagues, and next time I am in Lochaber, I most definitely will be staying at Torlundy House.
Thank you Michael for an excellent stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 3 miles from the centre of Fort William in the rural village of Torlundy we offer a quiet retreat for your stay. We recommend you have your own transport as local public transport is limited. We have free private off road parking for all our guests. Our rural location means that you will need to travel into Fort William for your evening dining on Scottish and International cuisine. The house is furnished in a contemporary modern style. All our 5 rooms have their own ensuite private bathroom with free toiletries, large soft towels and a hairdryer. Also in your room is a flat screen TV, DVD player, and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms have garden and mountain views. Free Wifi is available throughout the house. For relaxation we have a large residents lounge where you will find local information and our own written tour guides to help you get the best experience of the Highlands. For guests wanting to conquer Ben Nevis, the North Face Route is accessible on foot from Torlundy House, or the normal easier “tourist route” and visitor centre are just a couple of miles away. For those wanting to sample a local whiskey the Ben Nevis Distillery is just 1 mile away. Our breakfast experience is well renowned with mainly locally sourced fresh produce, full Scottish cooked breakfast, porridge (not in summer), smoked salmon. Lighter options of fresh fruits, yoghurts and cereals are also available. Our breakfast room has a large picture window with magnificent views of Ben Nevis. Also just 2 miles away is Aonach Mor with mountain biking and skiing among the activities available and the Caledonian Canal with Neptune’s Staircase, the gateway for boats travelling through Scotland from the west coast to Inverness on the north east coast. Your hosts have been offering Bed and Breakfast for 15 years in Torlundy. In 2011 we moved to Torlundy House and refurbished it to a VisitScotland 4 Star property. Every year we continue to upgrade and improve facilities. We have many guests coming back to stay with us on a regular basis as they like the area, the peace and quiet and the fact that we are located outside the main town, but within easy reach of it. Torlundy House is the ideal place to make your base while touring the Highlands. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torlundy House B&B Fort William