Nice try guys, but no cigar.
The lochiest loch in Scotland title goes to Loch Lochy, that creatively named body of water in Lochaber. It also happens to be surrounded by some of the Highlands’ most spectacular scenery.
Reach for the diary and pencil in a break by the Lochy banks. Today’s Big Deal offers a scenic stay at the Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel by Spean Bridge.
While you’re there, why not stay an extra night and check out the dinner menu?
Country house hotel
A 14-bedroom former shooting lodge, with plenty of rustic character, the Letterfinlay Lodge enjoys a superb setting overlooking the loch. Its location in Spean Bridge between Fort William and Inverness is on the Road to the Isles, making it an ideal base for exploring the West Coast or Cairngorms, or a perfect stopover en route to the Western Isles.
There are numerous outdoor activities on your doorstep, from hiking to biking. Birdwatchers may even be lucky enough to witness ospreys swooping over the loch at sunset.
Available seven days a week, the Big Deal option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a standard double or twin room, many of which have loch views. Hot and cold buffet breakfast is included.
Option two adds an extra night’s stay and dinner on the first night.
The hotel facilities include the spectacular Osprey Restaurant, a Whisky Lounge and Conservatory Lounge.
Dinner menus have a Scottish accent, with emphasis on using local produce where available. The offer is for a starter each and a main course chosen from the evening menu. Dishes include:
Panko-crumbed chicken breast filled with smoked Applewood cheddar and home-smoked ham, served on a bed of roasted Mediterranean vegetables and topped with a creamy white wine and mushroom volute
Seared medallions of pork served with apple fritters, spring onion mash cakes and creamy cider jus
Short beef rib, slow-cooked rib of beef in a rich Scottish ale jus, served with a quenelle of mash, and roasted root vegetables
Darne of oven-baked Scottish salmon served on a quenelle of dill mash with lime hollandaise sauce and tender buttered broccoli florets
Homemade wild mushroom ravioli with a white wine and shallot volute
Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel has picked up plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor, including these recent examples, edited for length:
‘The food was delicious and the bar had a very good selection of drinks including whiskies. The room was lovely and the shower was very hot. The bed was very comfy and the view from the window is beautiful.’
‘We woke every morning in our rooms to a wonderful view of the loch and the mountains. The bedrooms were very comfortable and clean as were the public areas of the hotel. The food was exceptional with a good selection of dishes to choose from.’
Get away from it all with today’s Big Deal break at the Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel, and relax in its tranquil and scenic setting beside the loch.
With a dinner option included, it’s a chance to soak up that glorious scenery in style.