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Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom
August 7, 2012
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 24, 2006
As you will soon find coming into Glencoe and the local village of Ballachulish, you will soon see that there is not a massive selection of places to stay and relax in luxury while your wandering the country side, so it's a good thing that the Isles of Glencoe is available to those not wanting to camp or stay in a back packers. You could not ask for a nicer spot to have your stay in the Glencoe and Loch Leven area, as the Isles sits beautifully on a little peninsula jutting out into Loch Leven (a beautiful view in itself) but also with a post card perfect view of the local peak, called the Pap of Glencoe.
It's not the cheapest place to stay, but it is very nice and well situated and has rather a lot to offer. The restaurant and bar area is wonderful and has a very 'cabin in the woods' feel to it, with large windows over looking the pap. The staff are generally good (and seem to come from a very wide array of places around the globe) and the restaurant offers a very local, Scottish cuisine with the menu depending on what time of year you chose to visit.
I was at the Isles in the middle of summer, a rather busy time for the area, and still there was plenty of room, and my friend and I sat relaxed in the dining area having a drink and waiting for the rain to subside for more walking and sightseeing.
As I said, there are certainly cheaper ways to go, but the Isles is very nice and comfortable and has a lot to offer. The winter is actually quite a busy time for the Isles as Glencoe and surrounding areas are quite a hot spot for skiers and other adventurous types, and there are some very well liked ski centres nearby.
They also have a rather good leisure centre, which a stay with them entitles its visitors to use most of its facilities including a pool, hydro seat, bio sauna, and exercise room.
Though I just went with a friend, this seems to be a very family-friendly place, with lots of amenities to help families enjoy their stay more, like rooms called Family Deck Dens that accommodate two adults and two children. There is also an outdoor adventure playground and a library with board games and puzzles for those extremely rainy days.
Even if your not looking for a costly place to stay while your out hiking, this is still a great place to stop off, have a drink or a bite to eat in their very relaxed dining area, and walk around the loch for some picture taking ops. The setting is truly remarkable.
From journal The Hills and Historical Grandeur of Glencoe