Bealach House

Exceptional value (<£50)

César award in 2009

The journey might be challenging (the final mile-and-a-half is on a rough forestry track), but the welcome is ‘warm’ at Jim and Hilary McFadyen’s small guest house. The former shepherd’s croft, which has been extended with mini-baronial flourishes, stands in a remote glen with ‘fabulous’ views. The bedrooms are well equipped: each has tea- and coffee-making facilities with fresh chilled milk. Bathrooms have a power shower; one has a bath. In the lounge are a wood-burning stove, books, board games, and a jigsaw always in progress. Dinner is a sociable affair (visitors say they ‘enjoy meeting other guests’) at a communal table. As far as possible, everything on Hilary McFadyen’s menus is home made or home grown; from bread and marmalade to petits fours, and fruit and vegetables from the garden. Typical dishes: chicken pork and apricot terrine; sea bass, roast cherry tomatoes, basil pesto dressing. Breakfast ‘can be as light or hearty as you require’: the daily special might be smoked haddock kedgeree. In the grounds you can catch sight of golden eagles, trespassing red and roe deer, even pine martens.
  • We were entertained both by a peanut butter-eating pine marten on the terrace, and the company of our fellow guests at the communal dinner and breakfast, which worked very well. We particularly approved of the small fridge on the bedroom corridor, containing jugs of fresh milk; very thoughtful.

    Frances Thomas, 27/11/2012

  • Jim and Hilary are superb hosts. We were etreated to a small decanter of whisky in our room. Hilary is an excellent cook but the dining area was crampe. Good value.

    Esler Crawford, 05/09/2011

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Local attractions

Glencoe
One of the most spectacular areas of natural beauty in Scotland, site of the Glencoe Massacre in 1692
Ben Nevis
The highest mountain in the British Isles.
Isle of Skye
The largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Loch Ness
A stunning loch, which is supposedly home to the Loch nes Monster.

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Contact Details

Bealach House

Salachan Glen DUROR Argyll and Bute Scotland PA38 4BW

Telephone

01631 740298

Further Information

Bedrooms

3.

Open

mid-Mar--end Oct, dining room closed Mon evening.

Facilities

lounge, conservatory, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 8-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 14.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £90--£110. Set dinner £25--£30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.