Before I get down to the of the review of the West Highland Hotel, I would like to thank owners Gavin, Sheena and their brilliant staff for making our visit one of the most memorable and enjoyable stays we have ever had at a hotel.
Just a little back ground to set the scene. My partner and I for reasons I won’t bore you with decided to get married on Eigg and due to the lack of accommodation on Eigg we were forced to have the ceremony and head back to the mainland. We went for the only hotel that we thought would be okay in Mallaig, the West Highland Hotel.
Some of the reviews I had read where a little worrying but after speaking to both Gavin and Sheena at different times we had decided to book the West Highland hotel for 2 nights, 2 rooms, one double and one family room as my sister her partner and children where coming up for the wedding. Gavin explained that since taking over the West Highlands hotel they where in the process of upgrading the rooms and trying to offering a much more personal service than the pervious owners.
Upon arrival we where meet by a friendly and helpful member of staff, checked in and went to our room, the front of the building looking over to the Islands of Eigg and Rum, the hotel had also made sure that my sister and her family had an excellent room next to ours. We arrived earlier than the normal check in time, we had just driven from Inverness after a night on the Caledonian Sleeper, great train but sleeping can be a little hard. No problems to check in early. (Not sure this would be the case in high season but knowing what the staff and owners are like I am sure they would do their upmost to accommodate.)
My sister and her family where driving up from Glasgow that evening so would not be arriving till late that evening. This again was no problem and the bar that should close at 1100pm (weekday’s low season) stayed open a little longer to allow my brother in law to purchase a few drinks to toast our up coming ceremony.
Next morning we meet for breakfast in the spacious dining room with views over Mallaig and out to the Islands beyond, a round beautifully laid table had been arrange for our party and we where offered the usual selection of cereals, pastries, fruit juices tea, coffee and cooked to order a selection of cooked breakfast everything from locally smoked kippers or haddock to the legendary “Full Scottish Breakfast”
After this we finished getting ready for the ceremony and headed down to the ferry terminal (about 300 metres from the hotel) to catch the ferry to Eigg. The West Highland hotel is brilliantly located for everything around Mallaig; restaurants, pubs, shops, the ferry terminal and train station.
After a brief, wonderful ceremony on Eigg we headed back to Mallaig, we didn’t rush back to the hotel as it was lunch time and a little celebrating was required. This was a mistake as Gavin and Sheena where waiting at the hotel with a drop or two of the sparkling stuff. We are sorry we didn’t head back to the hotel and we hope this didn’t cause too much disruption to your day but what we found upon our return blew us away.
We had been moved into the Honeymoon suite (photos added) Phil, front of house had arranged the room, chilled a bottle of champagne, helium balloons, rose petals on the bed. We later learnt that he’d spent the afternoon running around Mallaig trying to find helium for the balloons. Thank you Phil and to all the staff this touch really made our day.
We headed out for dinner but managed to catch up with Gavin and Sheena that evening in the hotel bar and the missed Sparkling came out then. Sorry about the head the next morning Sheena sorry about making you watch the wedding video too.
This hotel is in an excellent location close enough to Ferry, train station not to be effected by traffic. It is a wonderful hotel as a base to explore the local area and beyond. It has ample car parking both at the front and back, the food is of a very high standard my only regret is not having dinner there, the staff are helpful, friendly and polite. This is a family run hotel which is suitable for families or couples. I would thoroughly recommend the West Highland Hotel. We are looking forward to our next visit and will be staying at the West Highland Hotel every time we head to Scotland to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
“Slàinte mhor a h-uile là a chi 's nach fhaic” and here’s to many more stays at the West Highland Hotel
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