Good Hotel Guide Review
With bookshop and bar, coffee shop, restaurant and events space, the Urquhart family’s hotel in a fishing village on Loch Broom hums with activity. Opened in 1970 by the late actor Robert Urquhart, it began as a café in a boatshed, where musicians could sing for their supper. Subsuming surrounding cottages, it grew and diversified, and now has characterful bedrooms, each with a Roberts radio, well-thumbed paperbacks, no TV. Readers on a third visit had ‘a large, modern twin room at the back, with lots of clunky wood but a rooftop view’. Those on a budget bunk down in the Clubhouse across the car park. ‘There’s free tea and coffee to be made in the upstairs lounge’, with library, pantry and piano. ‘We used the honesty bar to save queuing downstairs.’ Scott Morrison’s eclectic menus are ‘bistro style, which suits us fine’. Typical choices include wild venison pie, chickpea, spinach and sweet potato tagine, and Loch Broom langoustine. At breakfast there is porridge, kippers, a full Scottish or full veggie. The bar has been refurbished since last year – not that anyone was complaining. (C and PB)
12–14 West Argyle Street
13. 10 with facilities en suite, 3 sharing bathroom and shower room, plus 11 in Clubhouse (max. 32 guests).
all year except from 3 Jan for 3 weeks.
bar, lounge, café/restaurant, bookshop, conference/function facilities, wedding facilities, 2-acre garden, public areas wheelchair accessible.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed, no charge for under-5s, £30 a night for 5–10s.
allowed throughout (not unattended in bedroom), £12 per dog per stay.
per room B&B £132–£180 (rooms in Clubhouse £24–£32 per person). À la carte £30.