12th October 2017
7 Top Hotels for Hiking
As the winter starts to creep in, there is no time like the present to go make the most of the outdoors. Look on as autumn turns landscapes auburn and waters turn crisp in the cool air. Go explore the dramatic sceneries Scotland is famous for with these top 7 hotels for hiking.
Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer
A hotel so conveniently located to the munro, the Ben Wyvis Hotel shares it’s name with this magnificent local mountain. The hotel is only a 20 minute drive to the starting point, so makes it the perfect place to start your ascent. The walk should roughly take 5.5 hours, and hikers are rewarded with a rare spongy moss underfoot on the summit ridge, which is a real treat after a strenuous climb. The hotel itself is a grand Scottish mansion house, where guests can fuel up over a full Scottish breakfast, and reward themselves with a delicious dinner, all sourced from the freshest local produce. Snuggle up by the fireplace with a nightcap in the hotel’s cosy lounge before you head to your sumptuous bed for a peaceful night's sleep.
Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar
Based at the foot of the Arrochar Alps, guests are truly spoiled for hiking routes around this countryside hotel. Arguably the most famous climb is The Cobbler (aka Ben Arthur), which boasts some of the most spectacular views in the region. The route begins at the Succoth car park, which is a small and pleasant walk from the hotel, running alongside the beautiful Loch Long. The hike takes around 5 hours in total, and for the more adventurous amongst us, the true summit can be reached by crawling through a hole known as the needle (pictured), which overlooks a 30 metre drop on one side – not for the fainthearted! The hotel is warm and charming and operates with walkers in mind, with a continental breakfast being served from 6am for the early risers, or a full Scottish breakfast from 7.30am for those on a more relaxed schedule.
The Inn on Loch Lomond
A charming Scottish hotel in the heart of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, The Inn on Loch Lomond is the perfect base to discover this beautiful region. The Lomond Glens of Glen Arklet, Glen Douglas, Glen Finlas & Glen Luss await hikers nearby, where you can choose from a variety of routes to suit your ability. The hotel is very hiker-friendly, where guests can choose to get a hearty meal in the more formal Mr C’s restaurant, or for a more casual experience, the lounge and bar has soft seating and big screen entertainment, providing the perfect place to relax and unwind. For a truly unique experience, guests can stay in the hotel’s Beach House on the banks of Loch Lomond. Rooms are individually designed, with a focus on contemporary comfort. Looking to soak away those aches and pains? Slip into the roll-top bath for a well-earned, indulgent experience.
Glencoe Inn, Glencoe
Overlooking Loch Leven, the Glencoe Inn is a beautifully traditional hotel nestled in Scotland’s most famous and scenic valley. Hikers have a great choice of walks in this area, suitable for varying abilities and weather conditions, all year round. One of the most popular routes, the stunning Pap of Glencoe, is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel and is perfect for a half day outing. A straightforward but steep ascent with rocky and peaty patches, you will certainly be earning a big feed when you get back to the hotel. A nice and relaxed atmosphere, the hotel welcomes you with a warming fireplace and a well stocked bar. For sunny days, you can dine alfresco and take in the stunning views of these surroundings, or keep cosy in the Glencoe Gathering. After an active day, relax and unwind in your hotel room, with a well-earned soak in your very own bath tub.
Dunollie Hotel, Broadford, Isle of Skye
Located at the foot of the mountains on the Isle of Skye, the Dunollie Hotel sits waterfront, making for some stunning surrounding landscapes. Based in Broadford, just off the A87, the hotel provides easy access to all routes around the island. There are plenty of challenging walks around here, such as Bla Bheinn and the Broadford Red Hills, which offer strenuous climbs and outstanding views. For a more leisurely walk, the Fairy Pools are a 45 minute scenic drive from the hotel – a must see for all those visiting Skye. For something a little longer, from the Fairy Pools continue onto Coire na Creiche to experience typical Cuillin landscapes without the heavy slog. At the hotel you can continue to enjoy the local delights such as delicious shellfish in the hotel’s restaurant whilst overlooking the beautiful bay. Afterwards, warm your cockles in the hotel’s relaxed lounge where guests can choose from a fantastic range of local malt whiskies and ales.
Deeside Inn, Ballater
Based in the lush surroundings of Ballater, the Deeside Inn takes pride in its rustic Scottish charm, and is perfect for outdoor adventure seekers. Bag another munro and hike Lochnagar, which is only a 20 minute drive to the starting point in Spittal of Glenmuick. A very popular munro in the Cairngorms region, with its magnificent northern corrie makes for spectacular views, immortalised in verse by Lord Byron. For a mid-hike munch, pick up a homemade packed lunch from the hotel directly before you head off. On your return, expect a warm welcome from this traditional Scottish inn, with cosy interiors, a log fire and live music. Meals served in The Dining Room are hearty and locally sourced, or for a more informal affair, guests can dine in the Ceilidh Bar where bar suppers are great for hungry tummies.
Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Isle of Mull
Situated only a short distance from the ferry terminal at Craignure, the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa is ideally located for exploring the island. There are a plethora of walking routes available, as well as stunning sandy beaches and wildlife galore. The most popular hike on the island is Ben More, Mull’s only munro. A half hour scenic drive will take you to the starting point at Dhiseig. The route itself should take around 5.5 hours, and is a wonderfully straightforward route, with exceptional views from the top. After a hard day on the hills, relax and unwind in the hotels swimming pool, or outdoor hot tub. For weary bodies, spa treatments are also available, from full body massages to Rasul Mud treatments. Expect a traditional Scottish experience at the hotel from cosy furnishings to the locally sourced dishes served in the restaurant.
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Written by Annika Rieley, 12 October 2017.
Please note: always check the weather ahead of your walk, as although conditions may seem favourable at the base, the summits can be much more challenging and dangerous. Be sure to check walking routes and take a map for all hikes, regardless of your ability.