I stayed here for four nights in March 2014, and couldn't have asked for a better experience. My room was clean and tastefully decorated; the bed was wonderfully fluffy (and even came with a hot water bottle!); and the breakfast provided each morning was delicious and hearty (like many other reviewers of Ben Bheula, I recommend the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon). The B&B offers beautiful views of Loch Long and the surrounding hills no matter where you are in the house -- the lounge, your room, the breakfast nook -- and because it is located just around the lake from the heart of Arrochar, where there are several pubs and restaurants (the best is The Village Inn; book a table in advance), Ben Bheula is quiet and peaceful -- I had no noise issues whatsoever. Over the course of my stay, I did scope out the other Arrochar hotels/B&Bs I had considered before choosing Ben Bheula, and after doing so, I'm confident I chose wisely. Simply out, Ben Bheula has a charm and appeal that many of the other lodging options in Arrochar just don't. I especially appreciated coming back to a roaring fireplace and steaming mug of tea each night after a long day of hiking in the cold and rain! Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a base for exploring the Trossachs National Park, you won't go wrong with Ben Bheula.
On that note, what makes Ben Bheula really stand out is its owners, Rob and Barbara. The latter was away at the time of my stay, but I'm sure she's just as lovely and helpful as her husband. Rob is a member of the Arrochar Mountain Rescue team and an experienced climber and walker, and I couldn't have asked for a better guide to the area. Each morning, he patiently went over maps with me and even drew up personalized hiking guides for me based on what I wanted to see and how far I wanted to walk. Whether you're a novice or an experienced walker, Rob will know the perfect route for you -- and I don't think the same can be said of any other hotel or B&B owner in the area. Walkers (and anyone else) would do well to skip the impersonal big hotels in the area in favor of this wonderful B&B and its knowledgeable owners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A converted Foresters cottage sitting at the edge of the village with woods to the back and side. Three comfortable rooms offering twin and double accommodation. All en-suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ben Bheula B&B Arrochar, Scotland