Craving the sound of silence?
These days, with our constant distractions and pinging social media alerts, it is about as rare as fairy dust.
Thankfully, the stunning Scottish Highlands offer it in spades.
And if you’d like to escape to the mountains without having to travel too far, then Best Western Crianlarich Hotel in Highland Perthshire would be ideal.
Just a 90-minute drive from Glasgow city centre but a world away in terms of tranquility, you can soak up the vibe while dining in the hotel’s restaurant, complete with its crackling fireplace.
Available seven days a week until 31st May, this Big Deal is for a one or two night bed and breakfast stay with dinner at Best Western The Crianlarich Hotel, near Loch Lomond and Glencoe.
Prices are based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Dinner will be a £20 allocation per person, on the first night only. If you’d like, you can upgrade to a Premier room for £20, which can be arranged directly with the hotel.
Children aged three and under can accompany you for free, or you can get a family room upgrade for older kids. You can also bring your dog along with you for a £10 supplement.
There is a £20 per room supplement for Saturday night stays.
Historic Highland hotel
Set in the peaceful village of Crianlarich, this classic Victorian residence is close to the famous West Highland Way walking route, as well as Ben More mountain and the Falls of Falloch.
Each of the colourful, relaxed guest rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, desks and hot drink making facilities.
The restaurant serves rustic local cuisine surrounded by wood panelling, parquet flooring and a fireplace. Afterwards, you can sit back and relax with a drink or two in the lounge bar.
The hotel also offers free parking, while Crianlarich train station is just a five-minute walk away.
Dinner for two
Your stay will include a £20 dinner allowance each from the a la carte menu on the first night.
Dishes can change seasonally, but guests can expect starters such as grilled goat’s cheese; chicken liver pate with brown toast and orange marmalade; haggis, neeps & tatties gateaux with whisky cream; and king prawn pil pil with chilli oil, garlic and toasted ciabatta.
Mains may include the usual steak pie; beer-battered haddock & chips; and house Caesar salad with option to add chicken or hot smoked salmon. There’s also the South Indian veg curry (sweet potato, aubergine, cauliflower, cashews, basmati rice and flatbread), pesto sea bream fillet; or a choice of steaks and burgers.
Sweet toothed guests can enjoy desserts such as the Isle of Arran ice cream trio (tablet, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla or mint choc-chip); raspberry & white chocolate crème brûlée; and mixed seasonal berries with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream.
Explore Highland Perthshire
Close to one of Scotland’s most famous hiking routes, the Best Western Crianlarich Hotel is a fantastic location for walkers.
The nearby Falls of Falloch is a lovely picnic spot on finer days while the Colin Burt Nature Reserve will give you a chance to learn about the area’s wildlife.
Loch Lomond is easy to reach by car and offers plenty of attractions, such as the Sea Life Centre, Faerie Trail and Duck Bay Marina, as well as Jenners department store.
Best Western The Crianlarich Hotel has earned itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for its positive guest reviews. Here is some recent rave feedback:
‘Happy memories. The hotel was in a fairly remote location but also very easy to go touring from. The hotel was warm and inviting. The staff were exceptional, the food was some of the best I have eaten. The standard of the room was warm and very clean.’
‘Lovely hotel. Just spent a lovely weekend in this great little hotel. The staff are very friendly and the food is superb. The hotel is in a remote area but as soon as you walk out of the door you are surrounded by fantastic scenery with the jaw dropping views of Glen Coe a short drive away…’
‘Great couple of days. My wife and I decided at the last minute to go away for a few days.. We were not disappointed as we had a great couple of day chilling. The room was warm and really well laid out. A great shower with toiletries and big thick towels. The breakfast was first class… The bar is well stocked with complimentary newspapers in the lounge and a log burning fire. Dogs are allowed in the hotel which we thought was a nice thing to do. Finally I must mention the staff who were so nice and helpful. Deborah the assistant manager was first class, as was Milda who served us at dinner…. All in all a great couple of nights away with no negatives.’
Embrace the sound of silence
If you fancy getting away from everything for a night or two between now and the end of May, then why not head to Best Western The Crianlarich Hotel?
As well as the scenic location, you can enjoy dinner for two in the restaurant and a hearty breakfast the next morning.
So if your overnight bag hasn’t seen much action lately, then you know what to do, don’t you?