Hotel re-opening - Approved by Royalty!
After several years looking at an uncertain future, the Loch Maree
Hotel, near Gairloch, is set to re-open at the end of March 2013. This iconic hotel is famous for being one of the places visited (and stayed at) by Queen Victoria over 100 years ago at the height of her powers, and is situated on the shores of Loch Maree, in Wester Ross.
The hotel has been closed for some time now, but is now due to
commence trading again after substantial renovations over the last
two years. The hotel will be managed and run by Raymond and Caroline Gault, who are well known in the local tourism trade and who have now moved back to the area after several years away.
Keeping things in the family, their son Barry and his wife Jennifer
will be running "front of house", with Raymond as head chef, and Caroline being responsible for the smooth running of the entire operation.
The Loch Maree was built in 1872, and had an excellent following amongst the angling and walking fraternity, along with visitors who simply wished to relax for a while in such a stunning part of the world. The loch itself is reckoned by many to be one of the most beautiful in Scotland, with a history that can be traced back to the 7th century. Its story includes one of the early missionaries (St Maelrubha), Viking legends - and of course Queen Victoria's royal approval from her stay there in 1877! The very room Victoria stayed in is now one of the 16 tastefully decorated en - suite rooms at the hotel, and can be yours to stay in yourself!
Raymond, Caroline, Barry, and Jennifer all look forward to welcoming locals and visitors alike to their new venture – Visit Wester Ross wishes them all the best for the coming year and for future years.
The Loch Maree Hotel's new website is at www.lochmareehotel.com
Congradulations to "Sealife" - the Gairloch based Glass Bottom Boat. The long running business, owned by Rick and Jill Holmes, has just been awarded a Green Tourism Scheme "Gold Star" rating, and beco Full Story...
A simply beautiful part of the world. I stayed near Gairloch with my family recently, and we'll certainly be back.”