Shieldaig Lodge

Gairloch, Highland

With 'wonderful views' of Loch Gairloch, this Victorian hunting lodge on a wooded estate where falconry, fishing and deer stalking can all be laid on for guests now accepts dogs in its bedrooms and bar. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

With ‘wonderful views’ of Loch Gairloch, this Victorian hunting lodge on a wooded estate where falconry, fishing and deer stalking can all be laid on for guests now accepts dogs in its bedrooms and bar. A sister hotel to Widbrook Grange, Bradford-on-Avon (see entry), it ticks every box for a sporty Highland retreat, from the blazing log fires, deep leather sofas and tartan and tweed furnishings to the 250 whiskies in the bar. Antique-furnished bedrooms range from cosy to a suite with a four-poster, separate lounge, in-room roll-top bath and loch-facing bay window. ‘The lawn runs down to the shore and we saw seals, an otter, heron and curlew, all from our room.’ Several bathrooms have been upgraded, and a new mains water system means more powerful showers. Jerome Prodanu uses estate and home-grown produce, with shellfish from the loch, to compose each night’s menu. ‘We enjoyed cod fillet with cauliflower risotto and beetroot cream with lobster sauce; duck with braised Brussels sprouts, mushroom duxelles and Provençal sauce.’ In all, ‘fantastic location, unpretentious hotel, excellent staff and very good food’. (Bruce Wilson, DB)

Hotel details

Address

Badachro
Gairloch
Highland
IV21 2AN
Scotland

Telephone

01445 741333

Bedrooms

12.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, library, bar, restaurant, snooker/private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, garden, 26,000-acre estate (fishing, red deer stalking, falconry centre, motor boat for charter), public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in lounge, bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, family room.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms (£20 a night) and bar only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £130, singles from £95, family from £190. Set-price menu £49, 5-course tasting menu (on request) £69.