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Ballachulish Hotel, the Highlands

Ballachulish Hotel

The Ballachulish is a lovely hotel in a fantastic setting: just outside Glencoe Village on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Built from local stone bricks, the main building is traditionally Scottish and grand in appearance. Despite the often chilly temperatures outside, the hotel stays warm and welcoming, and its old-fashioned decor lends a comforting charm. The hotel lounge is large and homelike, providing a welcome atmosphere for guests to relax with a drink from the bar in front of the TV or open fire. The good choice of dishes served in the hotel’s Bùlas Bar & Bistro focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Our rating: Medium

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There are just two room types in the Ballachulish, which differ only by size and view. The feature rooms are slightly more spacious than the standard ones, and look out either lochside or towards the Pap of Glencoe mountain. The decor is similar throughout, with light tones and scattered artwork on the walls, dark carpets and wooden furniture. Most bathrooms have a shower over a bath, although a selection have just a shower. There’s also tea and coffee-making facilities and complimentary W-Fi available.


The Ballachulish Hotel is a five to ten-minute drive from Glencoe Village, and around half an hour from Fort William. Its lochside position, just next to the bridge marking the separation of Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven, affords fantastic views.

Food and drink

The hotel’s Bùlas Bar & Bistro serves breakfast and dinner as well as a lighter all-day menu. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet, including traditional Scottish fare such as black pudding, white pudding and haggis. The à la carte dinner menu offers a good range of dishes that have a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The bar has an excellent selection of whiskies.

Facilities and activities

There’s a cheerful public lounge, and a drying room for your outdoor clothes. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel.

Our opinion

The Ballachulish offers fantastic value in a great location, and the quality of the food is wonderful.

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