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“Perfect in everyway! Xx”
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Auld Alliance
Ranked #7 of 22 Kingussie B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fife, scotland
1 review
“Perfect in everyway! Xx”
Reviewed 22 August 2010

We have returned from a lovely weekend in Kingussie, where we stayed in the Auld Alliance for 2 nights. The stay exceeded our expectations and was very good value for money.
The room was very clean, modern yet traditional and captured the highland atmosphere.
Lydie, the owner, was welcoming and extremely kind. She was very obliging and has an excellent local knowledge of Kingussie and the surrounding area with regard to trips and places to visit.
The breakfast was outstanding, mixing french cooking with traditional Scottish produce. As a vegetarian, I was not disappointed and my needs and fussy eating habits didnt appear to be a problem. Everything was homemade, and freshly prepared.
This hotel caters for all age groups, we are in our 20s and usually enjoy a busier, city lifestyle but this break was a perfect atmosphere and just what we were looking for. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in Kingussie, so we didnt even feel the need to venture into Aviemore.
Anyone who find fault with this hotel must consider having their head examined!
Our only regret was not having dinner in the hotel after sampling the fine cooking at breakfast time.
We liked it so much, we plan to return in December when the snow arrives!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2010

The Auld Alliance is not only a great base from which one can explore the Cairngorm area, it offers the best food of any guest house we have ever encountered. Lydie, who runs the guest house provides French cuisine of the highest quality. Breakfast each morning is a beautifully presented mix of fresh local produce and homemade breads/croissants. We opted to stay in for dinner and were not disappointed. Each one of the four courses was an absolute delight. A great 'alliance' between French culinary skills and fresh Scottish produce.
The room was very clean, comfortable, spacious and well appointed with beautiful views of the Spey valley. The house is tastefully restored with many interesting artifacts and paintings. After a day of walking in Cairngorm National Park, what better than to return to a roaring log fire in Lydie's lounge, followed by a such excellent cuisine.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2010

This place is a real gem, and the perfect spot from which to explore the hIghlands of Scotland. The owner, a Frenchwoman, serves food to die for. The guesthouse is a well-decorated victorian villa with nice rooms - including a family suite with bunk beds. The only downside? Kingussie isnothing special.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Banbury
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2009

Visited the hotel for its restaurant rather that for accomodation while holidaying in the area. Booked to celebrate a family anniversary and was not disappointed - friendly staff, great food and a great ambience. Would recommend the restaurant and suspect that the accomodation would be of a similar standard given the staff.

Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2009

We booked up at the last minute in order to go skiing at Cairngorm in excellent conditions. We stumbled upon this and it is a hidden gem. There are no faults with this fabulous guesthouse. Lydie has everything down to a tee, she had thought of every little touch to make this the most perfect valentines weekend you could imagine. The breakfasts are amazing and the evening meals exquisite. She serves a wonderful french menu that would leave a michelin starred regular impressed! We cannot give this higher praise. Will definitely return.

  • Liked — Everything had been thought of - the food was amazing.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2008

The Auld Alliance is an excellent guesthouse that also does very high quality evening meals.

The location for exploring the Cairngorm mountains (our reason for being there) is also good, especially if you want to avoid staying in Aviemore.

We dined on one of our two evenings at the house, and the food compared favourably to good quality restuarants in major cities (if not better!) I would imagine its certainly one of the best places to eat in the area. The breakfast was also delicious and like no other you are likely to experience in a Scottish hotel/guesthouse/b&b - lovely presentation, and clearly extremely fresh produce used.

Their is a wonderful guest lounge complete with roaring log fire, and despite it being summer - it was still a welcome site! Could imagine the house will look even cosier as we approach Christmas time.

The owner Lydie was also very helpful and friendly and overall we had a good stay.

Stayed August 2008
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Wuppertal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2008

We didn't stay overnight here, but were recommended by our B&B hosts to go for a meal cooked by Lydie the French chef. We arrived at the victorian scottish home and were welcomed like old friends by Lydie herself into the large comfortable living room with a warming and welcoming open log fire for cocktails and to peruse the menu.
The waitress, whose name escapes me, was as welcoming as Lydie, telling us she had been working with Lydie since they opened about 10 years ago. The food was freshly prepared and was of an excellent standard. The wine cellar was ample and had a wide choice. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere was completely relaxing. I think one needs to reserve in advance as Lydie cooks freshly for the guests she awaits for the evening. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return on my next visit to the area.

  • Liked — The welcome, the food and the relaxing atmosphere
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Auld Alliance
Address: Viewmount East Terrace, Kingussie PH21 1JS, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Kingussie
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Ranked #7 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Kingussie
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Hotel Class:4 star — Auld Alliance 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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