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Heaven in the Scottish Highlands

Glenfinnan House Hotel as seen from the edge of Loch Shiel.
Glenfinnan House Hotel as seen from the edge of Loch Shiel.
Photo by C. Keach

For a quiet getaway in the Highlands of Scotland, Glenfinnan House Hotel is the ideal place. It is a beautiful building that sits on the edge of Loch Shiel in the village of Glenfinnan.

The hotel was built in the 1750s and operated as an inn by Alexander MacDonald VII. Over the following years, various MacDonald family members expanded the size of the house. The last MacDonald to own the house died in 1916. The current owners, the MacFarlane family, took over in 1971 at a time when the house was in great disrepair. The family decided to convert the house to a hotel. However, they did everything they could to preserve the history and character of this magnificent home. Today, the MacFarlane’s have Duncan and Manja Gibson running the hotel and they do an incredible job. The Gibsons and their staff are eager to see to the comforts and happiness of their guests. From the moment I stepped inside the hotel, I felt truly welcomed.

For those tourists interested in nature, the staff can direct you on various beautiful walks or hiking trails. There are also boat tours out along the loch. For a bit of history, you can visit the Glenfinnan Monument, which is a short distance from the hotel.

There may not be a lot to do around the Glenfinnan House Hotel, but relaxing is easy here. The hotel lobby has a fire crackling in the fireplace and a place to sit and enjoy the warmth. Also on the first floor are the dining room with mouth-watering dishes, a sitting room with several comfortable chairs, books, and board games, and the pub, which plays Celtic music and has bartenders willing to share stories with anyone who wants to listen.

In the last few years, the Glenfinnan House Hotel has won several awards such as the 2010 Child-Friendly Hotel Award, the 2009 Small Country Hotel of the Year Award, and the 2010 Bar Food Medal. If you ever have the chance to stay here do it. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. To learn more about this award-winning hotel, visit


  • Dede Harper 5 years ago

    Sounds great! Hope to go there one day.

  • Deb Sanders 5 years ago

    I want to go!!! What a beautiful place. Thanks for letting me be an armchair traveler via your wonderful articles.

  • Chris Keach 5 years ago

    Ladies, I've been to Glenfinnan twice (overnight) and it truly is a magical place! If I could move there tomorrow I would. Thanks for visiting my page!

  • Gary 5 years ago

    While it's not quite the McDonalds I'm use to, I'd love to give it a try!

  • Robin le Fey 5 years ago

    This sounds like a dream place. I must go there. Thanks so much for writing this article.

  • Lexi Connor 5 years ago

    Wow, it looks beautiful!

  • Lexi Connor 5 years ago

    Wow, it looks beautiful!

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