Blair Castle in Blair Atholl was the last castle in the British Isles to be besieged; a distinction earned when the Jacobites surrounded it in 1745.
Built a little under a century later and sitting almost next to the castle entrance is the imposing Atholl Arms Hotel.
The neighbours up at the castle are rather quieter these days but Blair Atholl’s colourful past is very much evident in the hotel’s historic ambience.
Take up today’s Big Deal on a stay at the Atholl Arms Hotel and you can soak up the area’s history and its glorious natural beauty.
Charming Victorian hotel
The tremendous Big Deal is for a one night stay, Sunday to Friday. Of course, if you really want to relax, there is also the option to book in for two nights. Whichever option you choose, a bottle of Prosecco on arrival will help you settle in to this charming hotel, as part of the deal.
Around an hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh, The Atholl Arms prides itself on being a traditional Scottish Highland hotel. Built in 1832, it is big on heritage and hospitality.
The hotel has thirty-one bedrooms – each one elegantly decorated in its own unique tartan. They all feature en-suite facilities, colour TVs, direct dial telephone and tea & coffee making facilities. Large towels and extra bedding are standard.
The Atholl Arms’ skilled kitchen crew are dab hands with the fresh, local ingredients which the area produces in abundance. Should you choose to take lunch or dinner in the hotel then you can look forward to freshly cooked, uncomplicated cuisine that lets the local flavours shine through.
Hotel diners can choose between eating in the glorious Baronial Dining Room, complete with minstrels’ gallery; the lounge bar or the Highland Bothy Bar.
Wide range of activities
The area surrounding the hotel is liberally sprinkled with some of the best tourist attractions and outdoor activity opportunities in Scotland. From distillery visits to excellent River Tay and Tummel salmon fishing via Highland Adventure Safaris to wonderful rafting and kayaking, you need never be bored.
The Atholl Arms Hotel has attracted many comments on TripAdvisor and an overall rating of 4/5 stars. This is what a recent guest had to say:
‘Very pleasant stay. Stayed two nights in July 2012 and found the hotel very relaxing and comfortable. The staff are friendly and the rates very reasonable. Bar food is excellent, as is the beer brewed at the local brewery attached to their sister hotel at Moulin…’