Shore Road, PA21 2BE
Overlooking the Kyles of Bute, the family-run Royal an Lochan hotel in Tighnabruaich dates back to 1865. Now a comfortable and welcoming eleven bedroom hotel, it is surrounded by stunning scenery and the sound of lapping waves.
Part of Argyll’s Secret Coast, Royal an Lochan offers sea view rooms, lounges with open fires; superb seafood – Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin has praised the langoustines – and great bar meals in the friendly Shinty Bar.
One of the beauties of The Royal an Lochan’s location, right on the shore at Tighnabruaich, is the wildlife. The lounge, patio, breakfast dining room and restaurant all provide the opportunity to spot not only porpoises but also otters, seals and herons.
Just as important is the hospitable approach of the staff epitomised by the motto ‘you’re not a room number, you’re a person’.
Luxurious and individually decorated, all eleven bedrooms are ensuite. Sea view rooms look onto the Kyles of Bute and across to the Isle of Bute. The beds are wonderfully comfortable with luxurious cotton sheets, cosy duvets and deep, comfortable pillows.
All rooms feature tea and coffee-making facilities with homemade shortbread plus bathrobes, free WiFi, hairdryer and a TV and DVD player – the hotel has a DVD library.
With spectacular views of the Kyles of Bute, the Deck Restaurant specialises in locally landed seafood. The kitchen uses the best fish and shellfish such as haddock and halibut, scallops, mussels, clams and langoustines sourced from Tarbert.
As an alternative to seafood, there is selection of chicken, duck, pork and beef dishes accompanied by seasonal vegetables. The chefs also make judicious use of the hotel’s herb garden.
The Shinty Bar serves a range of traditional, hearty bar meals using the freshest produce available. Inside the bar, there’s always a warm and friendly atmosphere, especially in the colder months when the wood burner runs at full throttle.
And the name of the bar? The walls are adorned with photos of Kyles Athletic Shinty team, one of the best shinty teams in Scotland. The photos date back to 1901 and are displayed along with other shinty memorabilia.
When the sun shining, visitors are welcome to eat outside and watch the yachts go by.
The tranquil Argyll countryside surrounding The Royal an Lochan offers some off the best scenery on the West Coast of Scotland as well as fantastic bird-watching opportunities. The hills above Tighnabruaich boast three well stocked trout lochs and, if you are feeling energetic, the nine-hole golf course nearby has possibly the best views in the world. Boat trips, horse riding, fishing or visiting any of the area’s many historic sites also provide entertaining ways to while away the days.
Just a two hour drive from Glasgow, The Royal an Lochan is close enough to be convenient but hidden away enough to feel a long way from the city.
Seaside hotel with character
Watch wildlife from breakfast table
Locally landed seafood
Cosy public bar
On Argyll’s Secret Coast
48 hour cancellation period. Cancellations out with this period will be non-refundable.
Please note, £10 admin charge applies for amendments to dates after initial booking.
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