The property is part of the Crerar Hotels Group, which specialises in bringing Spiorad na h-Alba (the spirit of Scotland) to its visitors. Its Loch Fyne residence has been welcoming guests since 1846 and retains that sense of a bygone era, yet with a newly refurbished spa space and 21st-century mod cons in its stylish bedrooms and suites. There are many nods to the area’s history — photos of clam diggers and fisherpeople adorn the walls, and you’ll find plenty of soft-hued tartan incorporated into the hygge-friendly decor.
Wake up to views of one of Scotland’s most famous bodies of water; Loch Fyne is a tranquil and mystical place, as romantic on a rainy day shrouded in mist and storm clouds, as it is in the blazing sunshine of high summer. Here you can watch the comings and goings of its fishing boats as well as passing dolphins and feel your worries float away.
Situated in Argyll and a short 1.5-hour drive from Glasgow, the hotel is within walking distance to Inverary’s castle and jail; close to Kilchurn Castle (one of the most Instagrammed in the land, overlooking Loch Awe); and near to the heritage attraction of Auchindrain Township, where you can learn about the Highland story. And did you know that Scotland has its own rainforest (one rarer than its tropical counterpart)? Neighbouring Loch Fyne, it contains the world’s rarest mosses, woodlands and other habitats you won’t find elsewhere. And if you want to take some seafood back home with you then made sure you pop into Loch Fyne Oysters shop in Cairndow.
Modern Bedrooms and Traditional Suites
The hotel’s guest quarters reflect the surrounding highland landscape, with contemporary bedrooms ranging from petit doubles to classics and delux and more traditional suites each with their own names.
Inside, you’ll be greeted with bath products from the Highland Soap Company, Tunnock’s sweet treats, cafetière coffee (Nespresso in suites) and fine infusions from the Wee Tea Company in the room, along with super soft bedding for a sound night’s sleep.
For more space choose a characterful suite in the original part of the hotel; like Glen Ord or Lagavulin, looking over the loch and Cowal Hills beyond, or the slightly quirkier Hens Coup, with an apex-beamed ceiling and shaped feature windows. Fluffy robes and slippers are also provided for home-from-home comfort when visiting the spa.
Our Suite During Our Stay Was The Glen Ord Suite.
Glen Ord is the hotel’s largest room with panoramic views across Loch Fyne to the Cowall Hills on the opposite shore. You can see the bedroom’s bay window in the hotel image below.
AA Rosette awarded dining
Of course one of the first things on your agenda when staying beside Loch Fyne, will be a hearty helping of the freshly caught seafood, for which the area is so well known. It comes straight from the boat to the door, where chefs prepare mouthwatering dishes, often using the super high heat, in-house Spanish Josper charcoal-fired grill. The menus also include farm-assured Buccleuch beef with 28-day aged steaks, Lammermuir Luing beef and red deer venison from Loch Fyne’s Crerar Home Farm. Dine throughout the day at the Cladach Mòr Bistro (meaning ‘great shore’ in Gaelic), with its roaring fire, rustic stone walls and loch views.
Then take a seat on a comfy leather sofa in the adjacent bar, where you can sample native ale, malt whiskies and gins, warmed by the wood burner. Champagne afternoon teas are also a highlight of the culinary offer at Loch Fyne and complement a spa day perfectly…
Our Dining Experience
Breakfast is served in the restaurant with a continental buffet offering and hot meals cooked to order.
When you’re ready for some aqua therapy, take a dip in the jetted 15-metre swimming pool as you gaze over the loch. Relax on curved heated loungers, book a slot in the Salt Room, take an experience shower, use the steam room and soak outdoors in the hot tub on the hotel’s sun deck. Treatments at the spa use organic Hebridean seaweed-based skin products by ishga. And those staying in certain suites can book a hot in-room mineral bath with fresh, hand-harvested seaweed too.
The Loch Fyne Hotel is family and dog-friendly but also lends itself beautifully to a romantic escape for two. If you are looking for impeccable Scottish hospitality with a get away from it all atmosphere, all set within incredible scenery and a short 1.5-hour drive from Glasgow, this hotel ticks all the boxes.
This property is included in our guide to the best hotels in Argyll and Bute.
Address: Inveraray PA32 8XT