The iconic Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe has been welcoming visitors travelling through the stunning backdrop of Glencoe for around 400 years. Situated on Rannoch Moor at the head of Glencoe beneath Buachaille Etive Mor, the Inn - which was used as barracks for the Duke of Cumberland’s troops hunting Jacobites after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 - is still a mainstay of hospitality for walkers on the West Highland Way. Following a major £12m rennovation, the hotel and re-opened to visitors on February 8th 2019.
The Kingshouse Hotel, has been sensitively expanded to offer 57 bedrooms, plus a 32 bed bunkhouse, a new restaurant, bar and pub, each serving great food. The traditional walkers’ bunkhouse has been retained and upgraded. New drying rooms and bag store have been added. The Hotel has been extended with contemporary facilities, with every attempt made to retain its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for all those who love the area. The extended Hotel has brought 54 new jobs to the area and, as a year-long venue, delivers a significant boost to local tourism all year round.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said, “The Kingshouse has provided a vital place of respite for drovers, walkers, skiers, climbers and general visitors to Glencoe for centuries. These new, enhanced facilities will provide much-needed economic stability for the area, by creating jobs and revenue for many years to come.”
Graeme Ferguson of Bidwells, who managed the redevelopment project, adds, “The extent of investment by the owners meant we were able to utilise sustainable technology and design to ensure Kingshouse enhances facilities and employment in this area, while making as little impact on the natural environment as possible.”
Kingshouse will be managed through Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels which itself has been a family-run business for 150 years. Third generation owner, Stephen Leckie said, “Our focus will be to provide continuity for all the things which make Kingshouse unique, while ensuring its longevity for another century and more.
“Our aim is create a welcoming destination for all. By improving facilities for serious walkers as well as recreational tourists, we intend to make Kingshouse Hotel a destination for all year round, including hosting events and weddings amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland.”
Within the development, a modern 32 bed bunkhouse has been retained for those seeking basic overnight accommodation, and new opportunities to eat, drink and relax have been added. The famous ‘Climbers Bar’ has been renamed ‘The Way Inn’ and retains its popular pub feel, while a new restaurant will serve traditional favourites, using local produce wherever possible.
General Manager, Craig Haddow adds, ““While the revamp allows us to serve a broader audience and cater for longer stays than the old hotel, I can’t wait to welcome back walkers and travellers who already love the area with a passion. I hope we can also encourage a new generation of visitors to fall in love with Glencoe and Kingshouse, through the warmth of the hospitality that my team and I are committed to offering.”
Lesley Benfield, Chief Executive of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, which is the destination management organisation for Lochaber, added, “Kingshouse Hotel will deliver a memorable experience in a truly stunning location. Situated at the gateway to the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, this is a significant contribution to the creation of jobs and year round economic benefits in one of Scotland’s most remote and iconic locations.”
For more information on the Kingshouse Hotel visit www.kingshousehotel.co.uk