Atolls and Atholl are not to be confused. The first is a coral island which encircles a lagoon and is usually found in the Pacific Ocean.
The latter refers to a historic earldom in the Highlands and is, frankly, much nicer. Sure, there are more opportunities to wear your swimming cossie on an atoll but the fun stops there.
Take up today’s Big Deal with the Atholl Arms Hotel in Blair Atholl and golf, climbing, walking, adventure sports, fishing, castle bagging, distillery tours and the recently launched bungee jump over the River Garry are all within easy striking distance.
Built in 1832, the imposing Atholl Arms Hotel is right next to the little village railway station and almost adjacent to the entrance to famous Blair Castle.
Around an hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh, The Atholl Arms prides itself on being a traditional Scottish highland hotel, big on heritage and on hospitality.
It 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 and coffee making facilities. Large towels and extra bedding are standard. Family rooms are available as are children’s menus.
The hotel is deceptively spacious and, as well as oozing baronial charm, it is cosy, comfortable and attractively decorated. The owners recommend that you enjoy your afternoon tea, with its choice of sandwiches, cream meringues, scones, jam and cream, in the atmospheric lounge.
The Atholl Arm’s skilled kitchen crew are dab hands with the fresh local ingredients which the area produces in abundance. They use them to create freshly cooked, uncomplicated cuisine with local flavours always shining 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.
Previous guests love the hotel.
‘Highly recommended’ said Traveller 51-11 on Tripadvisor recently. ‘We have stayed here a few times now and love the place. We have never been disappointed with our stays nor had anything to complain about. Everyone is very helpful and friendly and they go out of their way to be obliging. Roll on our next visit.’