The Pierhouse

Port Appin, Argyll and Bute

Situated ‘well off the beaten track’, this former home of a piermaster is a ‘relaxed and friendly’ lochside bolt-hole, known for its seafood restaurant. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Situated ‘well off the beaten track’, this former home of a piermaster is a ‘relaxed and friendly’ lochside bolt-hole, known for its seafood restaurant. Converted in 1992, the hotel is now owned by international hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray, who has given it a gentle nip and tuck. The individually styled bedrooms have either a loch- or cliff-facing view, though one guest was underwhelmed by the ‘immediate view of the car park’ from a ground-floor room. The decor is kept simple, perhaps with ‘a touch of tartan’. The super-comfortable beds are equally plain, just ‘white linen and a beige knitted throw’. In the evening, guests can enjoy a drink in the Ferry bar before tucking into dinner cooked by new chef Michael Leathley. His seafood-rich menu is based on the freshest local produce, including lobster from a Pierhouse creel, Loch Linnhe langoustine, Loch Creran oysters and West Coast scallops. Service is ‘good and helpful’. The ‘great’ breakfast is ‘efficiently served’, with a buffet as well as a cooked menu that includes scrambled eggs with Loch Fyne smoked salmon and Inverawe kippers. (Diana Goodey, M and PB)

Hotel details

Address

Port Appin
Argyll and Bute
PA38 4DE
Scotland

Telephone

01631 730302

Bedrooms

12.

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

residents’ snug, lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, sauna, in-room spa treatments, terrace, yacht moorings, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed (cots, high chairs).

Dogs

well-behaved dogs allowed in 2 bedrooms (not unattended, £15 per night), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £125–£295 (single occupancy of cliff-facing 
room, Sun–Thurs, Nov–Mar, £85). 
À la carte £42.