Fantastic and we’d have no hesitation in going back

10th March 2014 by  in Accommodation Reviews

Our visit was fantastic and we’d have no hesitation in going back. Getting off to a slow start on the day of departure I phoned the hotel to say we’d be a little later than planned. The co-owner, Helen, said she’d keep the chef on after 7pm if need to be to make sure we got fed. In the end we were in good time, but I thought that was a nice gesture. (Not sure what the chef thought mind you.) We were very warmly welcomed despite being dripping wet, an acid test of anywhere claiming to be biker friendly I think, in Scotland anyway, and checked in at the bar, an excellent arrangement.

Our room was nicely furnished, spotlessly clean and cosy warm. The view was spectacular, as I suspect it will be from every room, and I’ve included a couple of pictures taken from our window in the morning. Making haste back to the bar we warmed up with an icy cold Stella (Weegies!) while perusing the hearty menu. Two big portions of haggis, neeps and tatties were duly demolished before a further assault on the home made cheese cake. Lovely stuff and highly recommended. Felicity was delighted to discover that we could now relax on a sofa in front of the fire and watch the Real Madrid game on the big screen. It being a Sunday in March, the bar was quiet and Mark made an excellent host, making sure the very palatable South African shiraz kept coming.

Looking at the extensive collection of single malts for a nightcap, we went a bit mad and hit the surprisingly varied cocktail menu instead. Things are a little blurry after that, but one of them definitely had a cherry in it. Breakfast was the full monty of course, freshly prepared by the chef who came in just for us, another nice touch as even I can produce a fry up, before we repaired to the sunlit lounge for endless coffee and more sensational views.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The MacDonald Hotel to bikers (or walkers or fishermen or kayakers or families) and we’re looking forward very much to going back there with the SV650 rideout in August. Pretty sure I can nail that cresting right hander before the road sweeps left downhill into the village next time.

Did I mention the hotel is at least half a Kinlochleven Loop from the A82? More realistically it’s a loop and half…

Keep up the excellent MotoGoLoco work!

– Allan & Felicity


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