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The Albannach
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Lochinver
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We recently stayed the weekend in the Byre Suite at this hotel and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and well looked after. The Suite itself is beautiful with everything and more you could want. It included a hot tub with views of Suilven through the trees. You were totally separate from the rest of the hotel which made it feel very private - a real home from home - but luxurious!

We enjoyed sitting in our own little conservatory with our afternoon tea which was included in our package.

As for the food - it was worthy of the Michelin star! The menu changes daily and takes into account the likes and dislikes of the guests. They make the most of the wonderful local produce and even grow a lot of their own vegetables etc. Guests gather in the hotel conservatory for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. We were lucky enough to be seated at a window both nights which let us admire the sunset over Lochinver. Each course was explained by our helpful waiter and the food was excellent. I cannot praise the chef highly enough.

We would go back in a minute and recommend this hotel and the Byre Suite to anyone celebrating something special.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

My husband booked us an evening meal there as a treat for my birthday as he had had excellent meals there before. The place has great views and the canapés offered with drinks were special and delicious:oysters. and langoustines. We had to settle for champagne(!) as the first three white wines we selected for the meal were unavailable and the fourth one would not have been cold enough to be served immediately as apéritif. The menu changes everyday but there are no obvious other choice, and comprises 6 different dishes spread out over 3 hours, which can feel a bit slow after a day of walking in the fresh highlands, although the staff are very friend,y and helpful. Altogether the food was not quite the standard we expected, for example the soup was rather bland and the red wine sauce did not really work with the delicate beautifully cooked turbot.
The bill came handwritten but was not itemised which would have been preferred as it was not insignificant.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This is a wonderful friendly and homely five star hotel with a Michelin star restaurant that is well worth a visit. The welcome begins on arrival with coffee and home made cake in the conservatory with a choice of books and a great view; the owners make you feel at ease the moment you arrive.
The rooms are individual in style with luxurious furnishing and fittings, we stayed in two different rooms both were beautiful. One room was the Penthouse and the other was the Loft Suite, the latter had a huge air bath that overlooks the private decking, another added luxury; we enjoyed a G&T on the decking before dinner.
For pre-dinner drinks we joined other guests in the conservatory and snug where the ambience was friendly and buzzing with everyone enjoying the experience. The menu offered a wide range of food that was cooked to perfection and the owners were happy to offer advice on matching wines.
There is a short walk into the local town where you will find cyclists stopping off at the famous local pie shop, apparently the only place to go for hand made pies for miles around, and pretty views of the waterside.

This was on our bucket list as the furthest Michelin star restaurant in the UK and it was well worth a visit.

Top tip if booking a table in the restaurant ask for one against the window.
The whole stay was wonderful and we would definitely return.

Room Tip: Book in advance as this is very popular with only a few rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Myself and my Fiance came to visit for two nights in April. The first thing that struck us was the friendliness and courtesy of the staff and owners. The room was beautiful and clean, good selection of teas and coffee. The location is very safe and secure. We had some afternoon tea, very good tea and some fine cakes. The real star of this hotel is the food, after visiting several Michelin starred eateries in Scotland this is probably one of the better ones. Great, fresh, local ingredients prepared well. There is a staggering variety of wine for all palettes, and there was tremendous anticipation sitting admiring the menu and picking a suitable wine. My fiance is a vegetarian and the courses arranged for her easily beat other restaurants. The dessert on our first night was a chocolate tart and ivory ice cream, easily the best course I've ever had, the tart was beautiful and light with a hint of bitterness offset but the creamy smooth ice cream, a perfect dessert to a mind blowing meal.

A truely wonderful experience and we look forward to returning again in the future.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

We were in room 1 which is one of the traditional rooms. Lovely comfortable four poster bed. Great bathroom with powerful shower. Plenty of space to spread out. And great views.

It was very welcoming to have tea and cake on arrival and to sit in the conservatory drinking in the ambience.

Dinner was excellent, as was breakfast. We felt very relaxed and spoiled.

NB My goal was to get up stairs without making a sound but I'd have to be a Ninja!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

My husband and I booked The Albannach as our 'luxury' evening on our 10 day 'babymoon' tour of Scotland. We are so so glad we did! We were warmly welcomed by James and immediately shown to our beautiful room - then served delicious cakes and tea on the patio. What a view!!! After a long soak in the tub (where I used every lovely complementary toiletry) we made our way to dinner. Oh boy!!! What a meal! From the nibbles to the dessert it was absolute perfection. As a 7.5 month pregnant lady...I can say I was willing to suffer through over stuffing myself if it meant one more bite of heaven on earth. Oh and can we talk about the dessert?? Warm, airy citrus soufflé with a light candied crisp top complemented perfectly with a dark rich chocolate ice cream, with brambles in the side. Oh...my...goodness! It doesn't get any better...Collin (the chef) is a genius. An absolute genius. James served every course with grace and good humor and really added to the atmosphere.

Oh and the owners and chef were very accommodating to my dietary limitations (pregnancy). The meal was completely preggo-friendly. Thanks so much for an unforgettable stay and meal!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We wanted to stay in this area for hiking. We choose The Albannach to have a nice room and great food after hiking all day. We stayed here for four nights in the Loft Room in August 2013.

Location - The hotel is secluded and peaceful. The small village has one convenient store to get a few drinks and snacks. The location is not for having convenience and shops nearby. Everything one needs to relax is at this hotel. The hikes that we wanted to do (like Stac Polly) were close by and we preferred this area because we could have almost the same access as to those staying in Ullapool for hiking.

Room/En suite - (Loft Room) The room was spacious and had its own private patio. The bathroom was big with a nice big tub with separate shower. There was plenty of space for our stuff and it was a nice escape after hiking.

Main areas - There is one main area and that is the sitting room to have coffee/tea and for aperitifs before dinner. It is cozy and books and maps are available.

Dining - The food is superb. My husband who is a picky eater even though I'm the vegetarian found the food phenomenal. This is really one of the best dining experiences we've had.

Service - The waiting service was excellent. We did not rely on the other services as we had planned our hikes and what to do in advance.

If you are looking for some luxury this is the place to go. The room and the food were top notch.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Loft Room which has its own private patio.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Baddidarroch, Lochinver IV27 4LP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Lochinver
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Lochinver
Price Range: £96 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
The Albannach Hotel Lochinver
Albannach Hotel Lochinver
The Albannach Lochinver, Scotland

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