‘You’re not a room number, you’re a person’ is the motto at The Royal an Lochan in Tighnabruaich.
It is a hospitable ethos that drives everything about this welcoming, family-run hotel in Argyll.
Overlooking the Kyles of Bute, The Royal an Lochan offers lapping waves, stunning scenery, excellent cuisine, good wines and unrivalled service.
Experience it all with today’s Big Deal on a one or two night stay.
Available Sunday to Thursday, option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay with a full Scottish breakfast in the morning.
In the evening, guests are offered up to £30 per room, per night, towards the cost of dining in the Royal an Lochan restaurant.
Option two is available seven days a week and is for two people to stay two consecutive nights at the Royal an Lochan with a full Scottish breakfast each morning and £30 per room towards the cost of dinner each evening in the Royal an Lochan restaurant.
Luxurious and individually decorated, most of the bedrooms were refurbished last year and all eleven of them are ensuite, either rear-facing or with a sea view.
All the rooms have WIFI and all but one of them have both a bath and shower.
The restaurant at the Royal an Lochan looks out on to the Kyles of Bute but the views on the plate are just as stunning.
The Michelin-starred, Scottish chef Tom Kitchin likes the food here. In the October 2012 issue of the BBC Good Food Magazine, he said that his ideal meal would be the fresh, Tarbert-landed langoustines served in the Royal an Lochan.
Locally sourced produce, especially seafood, forms the backbone of the menus.
The kitchen changes the menus regularly but typical dishes might be starters such as the pan-seared, local scallops served with a vanilla and parsnip purée, parsnip crisps and pickled beetroot.
Popular main courses include the whole duck breast with beetroot fondant, sweet potato and celeriac mash, wilted greens and a braised Puy lentil jus.
The tranquil Argyll countryside surrounding the hotel 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.
The less energetic may prefer to relax with a malt whisky and a book in the hotel’s atmospheric Shinty Bar.
The Royal an Lochan has built an enthusiastic fan base. Here’s what one guest had to say on TripAdvisor. We’ve edited it for length but not meaning:
‘Wonderful experience. The location is magic and waking up to the view from the loch is something out of a fairy tale. The food was fantastic and the service received during dinner was what “attention to detail” is all about. Our waiter also had some excellent recommendations regarding local sights with the highlight being the secret beach that is not even mapped and is only known to the local residents (must be visited). Rooms were clean and looked after. Would definitely recommend for couples or anyone who is seeking a couple of days of relaxation away from the city. This place is a hidden gem.’
If you would like to refresh and re-energise with some cool, clean West Coast air then snap up today’s Big Deal with the Royal an Lochan.
This offer could make someone very happy were it to fall from their Valentine’s Day card in ten days or so.