We couldn’t have been made any more welcome

1st September 2014 by  in Accommodation Reviews, Motorcycle Touring & Travel

Just home from an excellent weekend’s riding around Glencoe, Fort William and Kinlochleven with a group of around 30 of us using the MacDonald Hotel & Cabins as our base. Hosts Mark, Helen & the team could not have been more welcoming – we were all thoroughly well looked after during our stay.

SV1000 at the Bothy Bar, Kinlochleven

The staff were great, and big Andy the barman seemed to own more bikes than we’d turned up with – top guy and a good laugh to boot. Our rooms were clean and comfy, and those who were sleeping in the cabins were all happy with their lodgings too. Given the weather for Friday’s run up, the drying room and communal tumble dryer were in constant, but appreciated use most of the weekend.

Cabins at MacDonald Hotel Kinlochleven

Even after arriving late (9:15pm ish) and soaked to the skin, owner Mark very kindly nipped off to the kitchen once they’d closed up and came back with a steaming hot plate of venison lasagne. It was as tasty as it was appreciated. Breakfast was great – the Feast seemingly the most popular option – as was lunch, AS were the evening meals too. The Highlander Burger (burger, black pudding, haggis and cheese) is outrageous, yet brilliant. Having a really good selection of real (and locally brewed) beers to wash it all down was a bonus too.

As a touring base, Kinlochleven is fantastic, with Glencoe, Fort William, Oban Mallaig and even Skye all well within a day’s round trip. The road in and out of the village must rank among the finest 14 miles of motorcycling tarmac in the world – it’s hugely tempting to stick in another quick lap before heading back to the hotel, and so you should – it’s fantastic.

Kinlochleven Loop

All in all, a great weekend was had by all, and we’ll most certainly be back (some of us have already made bookings for next year).

Thanks again to Helen, Mark and the team.

-James M
SV650.org

Our route

Glencoe Massacre 2014 Route – 305 miles, and every single one fantastic – (that doesn’t include the multiple extra laps of the Kinlochleven Loop)

The venue

MacDonald Hotel & Cabins Fort William Road, Kinlochleven, Highlands, Scotland, PH50 4QL Tel – 01855 831539 Web – MacDonald Hotel and Cabins

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