Glencoe House offers elegant accommodation located in 10 acres of private gardens in the heart of Scotland’s Highlands. This historic mansion, the former home of Lord Strathcona, offers both tranquillity and outdoor adventure.
The suites are suited equally to those who wish to gaze at the Pap of Glencoe from their window as well as those who want to take on the challenge of climbing it. Either way Glencoe House invites you into the comfort and refuge of your own suite.
The award-winning Glencoe House offers luxury, 5 star suite accommodation in Scottish Highlands and is an ideal location for all occasions from a short break on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis to a unique and special wedding venue.
For the adventurous, the Glencoe area offers numerous activities such as walking, hiking, fishing, skiing or snowboarding and mountain biking. For those who want to take it easier, visits can be enjoyed for instance to the National Trust visitor centre or the ‘Harry Potter’ train which travels through Glenfinnan.
Alternatively you may retreat to your suite and relish the view of Loch Leven whilst sampling a fine single malt or star gaze from your private hot tub. There are no shortages of memorable experiences here at Glencoe House.
The size and charm of the suites at Glencoe House are unprecedented in Scotland and indeed the UK. Glencoe House is composed of two concepts, The Glencoe House Suites and The Strathcona Lodges.
One of the unique features of The Glencoe House Suites is a large private sitting room, which boasts numerous original period features and ornate ceilings.
The charming bedroom and bathroom continues the boutique hotel ambiance making you feel as though you are resident in your own historic mansion house albeit with the convenience of 21st century technology such as free wifi.
Breakfast is served at the comfort of your private dining room table in your sitting room and will help you ease into your the day. After a day’s excursions you may also wish to remain within the confines of your suite for dinner. A three-course menu will be served at your own dining room table in the privacy of your suite.
The Great Hall
Your first step into Glencoe House is a memorable experience. We would like to extend a warm welcome to you and invite you into the Great Hall. This is an impressive room in its own right and sets the tone for the rest of your stay.
The room has an abundance of original period features including an ornate plasterwork ceiling, oak floor and large marble fireplace that is lit on those days where the glow of an open fire provides that extra bit of cheer.
Glencoe House Hotel offers spacious 5-star suites in the beatiful Scotish highland area of Glencoe. We are very proud to welcome you in this house that is steeped in history, yet offers all the amenities and comforts one could wish for.
There are two types of suite accommodation, The Glencoe House Suites, which are located in the mansion house and the Strathcona Lodges (formerly known as The Bell Tower Suites) that are located in a building just 50m from the main house. Take a tour through and discover the amenities our suites offer.
Suite Eight is an one bedroom suite (110 sqm/1184 sq ft) providing a comfortable home away from home for two guests. Like all Glencoe House Suites, Suite Eight consists of a generous sitting room with period features, restful bedroom with slipper bath and luxurious separate bathroom, all with views of Loch Leven.
If that wasn’t enough, Suite Eight has a large private terrace and hot tub; where else would you want to relax and look at the stars? The suite offers guests the chance to relax and recuperate in splendour. The total floor space of Suite Eight is 110 sqm/1184 sq
In the private sitting room, the eye is immediately drawn to the large bay window that frames the magnificent view of Loch Leven. Once you can bear to move away from the window, you will see a substantial sitting room decorated in warm golds and rich burnished coppers that just lure you into a relaxed mode.
Sink into the comfortable sofa, reach for a malt whisky or a glass of champagne from your maxi-bar and you will find that life’s tensions will simply seep away.
Alternatively catch up on a film or two with the flat screen television with international channels and DVD player, or enjoy listening to music over the Bose speaker provided.
Dine in style at your private dining table, which is in the bay window. If you are travelling with friends or family, it might be useful to note that this table seats up to four people.
There is no need to fight for the prime table in the room as it is already yours, whether it is eating eggs benedict for breakfast in your bathrobe, or, dressing up for a celebratory candle-lit formal 3 course dinner.
The bedroom of Suite Eight boasts an emperor size bed makes it seem as if you are sleeping on a cloud. Please note that it is not possible to have twin beds in this suite or an extra bed.
The furniture in the room is very much in keeping with age of the building with period dressing table with matching bedside tables for that refined touch. The bedroom also has a roll top bath so all you need to decide is whether you want bubble bath or bath bombs to scent your bath.
A glass of champagne while in the bath? Why not, as there is champagne bucket within arm’s reach of the bath for your convenience.
The warm ambiance of the bathroom is created by the soft caramel coloured tiles and the candles. Suite Eight, rather unusually, has two baths. Choose between the roll top in the bedroom or the Japanese style bath in the bathroom.
You may ask what is a Japanese style bath? It is very deep bath but is shorter than a conventional bath; it is great for relaxing the shoulders and neck. If you prefer a shower, no problem.
Suite Eight bathroom has a Hansgrohe raindance shower, which has a generous range of Highland Soap Company products. The room has a WC and handwash basin with Penhaligon products for your enjoyment.
Suite Eight benefits from a large private terrace (130 sqm/1291 sq ft) with dining area and hot tub. Sitting in the hot tub enjoying the views of Loch Leven is perhaps the ultimate in relaxed living!
FOOD AND DRINK
Glencoe House offers a range of food and beverages to suit your mood. We offer seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients.
For those keen to be out and about sight-seeing during the day, tackling the hills or are spending the day at the beach, we can provide a picnic for you on request. A range of teas and Nespresso coffee are available in the room, which can be enjoyed at any stage of the day.
Each suite also enjoys a well stocked in room bar or ‘maxi bar’ that includes a range of soft drinks, wines and malt whiskys together with a choice of snacks. Relax and enjoy a drink of your choice whilst enjoying the magnificent views.
In The Glencoe House Suites, all meals are served at your full sized dining table in the privacy of your suite. Our Glencoe House breakfast menu caters for all tastes whether you favour a continental breakfast or treat yourself to the Glencoe House breakfast.
Regardless of your choice sitting at your private dining table with panoramic sea views is an exceptional way to start your day. The uniqueness and seclusion that Glencoe House offers is extended to candlelit in-suite evening dinners; a restaurant experience but without fellow diners!
It is said that you should breakfast like a King and you certainly have this opportunity at Glencoe House.
Breakfast in The Glencoe House Suites is served at your private dining room table in your sitting room which allows you the luxury of easing yourself into the day sitting in your robe; reading a newspaper of your choice and admiring the view.
Breakfast is served at a time of your pleasing; you just need to place your order the night before.
Breakfast is composed of a number of separate courses that will be served to you at your private dining table at time intervals that suit you; please note that your breakfast choices do not come to your suite altogether unless requested.
A wide selection is on offer and all is served on Villeroy & Boch china for a refined breakfast experience.
For those who wish to tour around during the day or are inspired to explore the hills, Glencoe House offers all suites a picnic lunch to take away with you.
You may opt for a terrine with salad or a cheese selection with oatcakes. If you are out walking a sandwich may be your choice (typically Scottish cheddar and pickle, ham and Arran mustard, grilled chicken breast with tomato or smoked salmon with cream cheese) on a choice of bread.
Depending on your ambitions for the day, the picnic lunches are available in a disposable paper box, a backpack hamper for those taking to the hills or a wicker hamper for a relaxed lunch with a bottle of wine.
Afternoon Cream Tea
As a “naughty but nice” treat on holiday, Glencoe House extends the Highland hospitality by offering an afternoon cream tea whether after a bracing walk in the hills or just as an indulgence while taking it easy in your suite.
Dinner in The Glencoe House Suites
The uniqueness and seclusion that Glencoe House offers is extended to candlelit in-suite evening dinners; private dining comes as standard in the Glencoe House Suites. It is a restaurant experience but without fellow diners!
Glencoe House offers a seasonal inspired three-course menu, which will be served at your own dining room table in the privacy of your suite. Regardless of whether you dress up or dress down, there is no need to leave the comfort of your own suite.
In Room Maxi Bar
Each of the suites at Glencoe House contains a generous in room bar or “maxi bar”. A selection of drinks, including a selection of malt whisky, can be found in your suite with a wide choice of accompanying glasses.
Chilled drinks are also available in your suite with a selection of Champagne, wine and non alcoholic drinks. Ice will be provided for the champagne bucket/wine cooler. As an accompaniment, we also have a selection of cellar wines which can be ordered on request.
Tea, Nespresso coffee and a choice of snacks are also just a step away so that you can relax in the sanctuary of your suite.
House is set in 10 acres of grounds. As a resident we would encourage you to explore the woodland garden and the two lily ponds. The garden also comprises numerous large trees that were planted in 1896 under the guidance of Lord Strathcona.
The two Monkey Puzzle trees are of particular note in this regard. To extend your walk, we recommend the Glencoe Lochan, a 3 minute walk from the hotel.
This 10 acre Lochan (or lake) was created by Lord Strathcona and was part of the original garden design of Glencoe House; it is now maintained by the Forestry Commission. This easy walk has picnic facilities and is wheel chair accessible.
Massage Therapy at Glencoe House
Glencoe House, in cooperation with Claire McArthur, can offer you a bespoke massage treatment in the comfort of your own suite, so if you find your body aches from the exertions of the many outdoor pursuits available on the doorstep, or you just want to spoil yourself, you may want to consider this option.
Holistic Massage – What is it?
The techniques for holistic massage are generally the same as those used in swedish massage. Holistic massage emphasises the connection between all aspects of the body – physical, psychological and emotional, and can help reduce the effects of many common health problems such as poor circulation, high blood pressure, insomnia, and headaches.
Each treatment is tailored to individual need and preference. You will receive a short consultation prior to the therapy to make sure the massage meets your expectations.
Claire qualified at the Edinburgh School of Massage. She is extremely interested in how the stresses and strains of a busy life affects our wellbeing. Her aim is to provide a restorative and nourishing experience and to ease the common problem areas such as lower back, shoulders and neck.
Glencoe House Art Gallery
Glencoe House has always supported Scottish art and the talented artists inspired by Scotland’s natural beauty. Many of the paintings exhibited throughout Glencoe House are provided for sale by two of Scotland’s main contemporary art galleries – The Strathearn Gallery in Crieff and the Annan Gallery in Glasgow.
Both galleries are owned and run by husband and wife team Scott and Susan Bennett who, recognising the strength and depth of talent of artists in Scotland, feel it important to support and showcase these artists to the best of their ability.
The Strathearn and Annan Galleries are recognised and known as leading galleries for the exhibiting and promoting of the very best of Scottish Art, with a worldwide client base.
The Glencoe area offers activities that appeal to the outdoor enthusiast or those who are seeking some respite from their busy lives.
The area is known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK and there are a wealth of opportunities including walking, climbing, skiing and a full range of water sports. Alternatively photo safaris, touring the western isles and spa days are also available and we can help you book any activities that catch your eye.
Glencoe House is ideally situated for exploring the Highlands of Scotland. In the immediate vicinity, there are endless opportunities to walk, climb and mountain bike or stroll along a beach.
Wildlife tours are also available on our doorstep whether by Landrover or by boat together with adventure sports for those who like to get their adrenaline pumping.
For those interested in history, Castle Stalker and Inveraray Castle offer the chance of a glimpse back in time. In addition, the Glenfinnan monument of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite’s occupies a majestic position at the head of Loch Shiel.
Our green-fingered guests interested in gardens have enjoyed visiting locations such as Arduaine Gardens near Oban, which can always be linked with a visit to the Oban distillery to keep everyone happy!
The shoppers amongst you should not overlook The House of Bruar, which is 1.5 hours from the hotel and has a fabulous food hall and an abundance of cashmere.
Photography tuition and guided tours are also available to get the very best photos of the area and the art galleries might allow you to take home a painting to remind you of your visit. In short, there is something for everyone!
Adventure Sports in the Glencoe area
If you need excitement and an adrenaline rush while on holiday, the Glencoe area certainly has a much to offer. The area is known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK and there are a wealth of opportunities including walking, climbing, skiing and a full range of water sports.
White water rafting
Vertical Descents offers a wide range of exiting acitvities like rafting, canyoning, or target sports in Glencoe.
If you are interested in sea kayaking Rockhopper is the partner you want to contact.
Enjoy the Glencoe area from above – an unforgetable experience. Please see the website of Nevis Range for more information.
Trails for all abilities can be found on the Ride Fort William Website, or you can try the UCI World Mountain Bike Cup course.
Skiing and Snowboarding
During the winter season there are perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding. The Glencoe Mountain Resort, as well as the Nevis Range offer interesting slopes.
Scottish Whisky around Glencoe
What would Scotland be without the drink it is famous for – whisky? The history of the Scottish national drink is deeply entreched in Scotland. But the passion for whisky is not bounded to Scotland.
Today a good malt whisky is a passion, pure music, a sumptuous pleasure for many and many more people around the globe. If you are visiting the Glencoe area and want to enjoy this part of Scotland’s pleasures you may want to visit the following destilleries.
- Oban Distillery which was founded in 1794 and is one of Scotland’s oldest malt whisky producers.
- Ben Nevis Distillery was established in 1825 and produces blended and single malt whiskies.
- Dalwhinnie Distillery is located in the Cairngorm National Park (about 1.5 hours from the hotel). Dalwhinnie means ‘plain of meetings’ in Gaelic as the distillery was at a junction of two ancient roadways or (drove road).
Historic Sites around Glencoe
Castle Stalker on Loch Linnhe
The Scottish Highlands and especially the area around Glencoe has an eventful history. Some historic sites can still be visited and offer an opportunity to immerse in the deeper into the history of Scotland.
Castle Stalker enjoys has a majestic position on Loch Linnhe and is one of those historical locations where you can still feel the past centuries. Castle Stalker is entirely authentic and one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses surviving in western Scotland. Also it is part of the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area.
Alternatively visit Inveraray Castle (about 1.5 hours from Glencoe) for a great day out. This trip can be combined with a visit to Inveraray Jail to experience 19th century prison, which perhaps surprisingly, is a popular family trip.
Glenfinnan Monument at Loch Shiel
Another historical location worth a visit is Loch Shiel. Discover the dramatic history of the 1745 Jacobite Rising at the spectacular Glenfinnan Monument, which is at the head of Loch Shiel.
It marks the position where Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard and began the Rising. Interest in this era has gained a resurgence with the popular Outlander series.
Climbing, Walking and Hiking
If you are interested in climbing, walking and hiking then you are spoilt for choice in the Glencoe area. There are walks for all ambitions and levels of experience. Famous mountains for serious walkers and climbers in the area include The Three Sisters of Glencoe, The Pap of Glencoe and of course Ben Nevis.
Hunting and Country Pursuits
The area around Glencoe is rich in nature and thus offers a lot of country pursuit activities such as hunting, fishing, or horse riding.
Glencoe House, built by Lord Strathcona in 1896, works in close partnership with West Highland Hunting to provide inspiring and unique hunting experiences together with outstanding 5-star accommodation in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, an area renowned for the finest hunting.
Fieldsports specialists, West Highland Hunting, provide the finest hunting experiences available anywhere in Scotland. Using a number of the most spectacular sporting estates, a hunting trip with West Highland Hunting will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable of your life.
As hunting specialists, deer stalking with West Highland Hunting can be enjoyed in one form or another all year round.
With no less than five deer species to choose from, including red, roe, sika and fallow, each with its own peculiarities, the stalker has a wide variety of choice, our red stags are frequently of SCI gold medal standard, or for something different, why not try a feral goat hunt.
As well as deer, West Highland Hunting can organise winged game including grouse, ptarmigan, wildfowl and woodcock and top drawer fishing for salmon, sea and brown trout.
The Jacobite stream train
The Jacobite stream train attracts many visitors to the area and travels from Fort William to Mallaig. The train crosses the 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was made famous by the Harry Potter films.
If you want to go off the beaten track but don’t fancy walking? Then the Landrover Safari’s through Glencoe might just be for you! Discover the picturesque countryside and enjoy the ride.
If you prefer an aerial perspective then you should try one of the following trips and activities. Flying from Oban Scenic Flights provides what it says on the tin…see the spectacular scenery from above for a memorable experience.
The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola provides panoramic views of the Great Glen and Ben Nevis. Also Glencoe mountain resort chairlift offers the opportunity to experience the breathtaking views of Rannoch Moor and towards the Buchaille Etive Mor.
House of Bruar sells traditional Scottish food and drink and not to mention an unprecedented range of cashmere sweaters and gifts. It is 1.5 hours away from the hotel but is perfect for one of those Scottish rainy days!
Or visit Inverawe Smokery and Fisheries where you can learn all about the smoking process. There is also a shop and café that should not be missed.
For seafood lovers, you may want to take trip to Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, which as the name suggests is on the edge of Loch Fyne. It is approx.1.5 hours away from Glencoe House but is a lovely journey in its own right.
Another hidden seafood gem is the Oban Seafood Hut. This is a delicious although earthy experience, eat the best of seafood from lobsters to scallops outside from the edge of Oban pier. You will spot it as there is always a queue!
Beaches around Glencoe
Although perhaps a less obvious trip in Scotland, is a day out to the beach. The west coast of Scotland has some stunning beaches. The closest beach to Glencoe is probably the pebble beach at Cuil Bay, which is about 10 miles from the hotel.
Camusdarach is part of a string of stunning white sand beaches known as the silver sands of Morar. You may be forgiven for thinking that you are somewhere tropical the with white sands and azure waters.
It is a stunning location with views to the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. It is a special place and definitley worth a visit.
Sanna is about 2 hours from the hotel but is well worth the effort particularly on a sunny day. White sands and turquoise water welcome you and without the crowd; it is a very peaceful place. Don’t take our word for it and visit it yourself.
Fishing in the Glencoe Area
The Glencoe Area offers some of the finest fishing opportunities in Scotland with expert experiences provided by Alba Game Fishing.
In terms of location, Glencoe House is perfect for all that Alba offers. On the route of our main West Coast Hidden Gems tour and close to a vast fishing portfolio, offering a huge variety and range of experiences.
To the south of Glencoe, the scenic River Orchy and Awe are both excellent salmon rivers, that echo the tradition of salmon fishing in Scotland. If you are interested in targeting large Ferox Brown Trout, Loch Awe holds the current UK record and fishes well particularly in the spring.
To the North of Glencoe, you have the famous River Lochy, jewel of salmon fishing in Scotland. The river Garry should not be overlooked either.
Further west, there are some of Scotland’s finest trout lochs, Loch Arkaig, Garry, Quoich and Morar, not only offering fantastic scenery, but the chance to catch some of the biggest wild brown trout in Scotland.
Glencoe House is partnered with Alba Game Fishing. This is a 15 year old established Orvis Endorsed fishing company and can provide professional fishing guides for all of these venues, as well fishing permits, premium fishing tackle, breathable waders, boots, casting instructors and transport.
Explore the wildlife
The Scottish nature is famous not only for its landscape, but also for its rich in species nature. If you would like to enjoy an adventure in the Scottish nature, there are several possibilities.
For a memorable experience, why not charter a luxury motor yacht for the day and see the the wildlife, such as whales, dolphins, sea eagles and seals in style? Orcades is a wooden hull cruising vessel built in 1973 and fitted out to an exceptionally high standard. A glass of champagne on board? Why not?
Alternatively The SeaXplorer for example combines a fast boat ride with a wild life trip which is a great experience. Trips depart just 10 minutes from the hotel and you can choose from 1 hour or 2 hour trips. The boat can also be privately chartered for the day or even the ultimate fishing trip!
Ideal for a rainy day is a visit to the Oban Sea life centre and is a great opportunity for sealife fans. Another good place to observe wildlife and sealife is the Glencoe National Nature Reserve (part of the National Trust of Scotland)
Or for wildlife trips further afield for whale watching or to see a puffin colony, Seafari are your people. They also have trips to the worlds’ third largest whirlpool, Corryvreckan.
Photography and Art around Glencoe
If you are interested in improving your photography skills or finding the best spots for stunning photos of the Scotish Highland we have a hot favourite.
Glencoe Photography provides one to one and small group tuition together with guided tours to find the best locations. There are also Art galleries worth visiting. Holroyd Gallery, which is a matter of minutes from the hotel, or Resipole Studios on Ardnamurchan peninsula.