Fit for a king: Glencoe's Kingshouse Hotel
Boasting culinary delights, cosy rooms and the most breathtaking views, Glencoe’s Kingshouse Hotel is the ideal spot to while away the hours this winter.
What springs to mind when you think of Glencoe? Munros, moody skies, red deer perhaps. Known for its sense of the wild and its breathtaking scenery, Glencoe is the perfect place to escape to this winter.
Enter the Kingshouse Hotel, a historic inn with a rich tapestry of tales to tell, where you can relax in pure comfort. Overlooking the 3,345ft Buchaille Etive Mhor, the scenery is worth stopping for alone – and once you’ve stepped over the threshold, you won’t want to leave.
Billed as a ‘sanctuary in the slopes’, Kingshouse Hotel is the ideal spot in which to rest and relax, whether you’re the outdoorsy type or you just want to get away from it all in style. The hotel prides itself on offering a warm welcome and outstanding Scottish hospitality from the moment you arrive, encouraging you to forget about the world outside and envelop yourself in the hotel’s abundant cosiness, drink in hand beside the roaring open fire, of course. You can even bring the dog!
Historic figures including Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and King George III’s troops (hence the name) have all stayed in this centuries-old highland haven, which has recently undergone a multimillion-pound makeover to bring it beautifully into the 21st century.
Depending on your weekend plans, there are two options for rooms to choose from, but all come with access to the hotel’s handy drying rooms, to stash away any wet and muddy outdoor clothes – so your room is strictly for relaxing in.
The Standard rooms are anything but ordinary, offering a stylish and snug ambience to while away your hours in, with beautiful views to boot. Or for something that feels extra-special, the Signature rooms are larger in size yet still cosy and comfortable. Plus, you’ll be able to luxuriate in uninterrupted views of glorious Glencoe, thanks to each Signature room having its own private balcony.
But it’s not just the beds that you’re here for; the Kingshouse Hotel is also renowned for its foodie offering. If comfort food is on the cards, the Way Inn and bar is the ideal spot, with a crowd-pleasing menu packed with local ingredients and classic dishes with an upscale twist: think cheese on toast, made with Isle of Mull cheddar and spring onion rarebit, served with pink pickled onion on sourdough toast. Or perhaps the famous Kingshouse venison pie will take your fancy, made with flaky pastry and served with rich buttery mash.
For an elegant evening meal, the Kingshouse restaurant offers a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Making the most of Scotland’s natural larder, there’s plentiful options, including smoked salmon, estate-reared venison, Argyll lamb, Scotch beef and even a ‘hot toddy cheesecake’ for the sweet of tooth, made with ginger biscuits, blood orange and Drambuie – what could be better?
And for a nightcap with a view, secure yourself a seat at the Kingshouse bar and enjoy their signature Ncn’ean cocktail; somewhere between gin and whisky, with botanicals and herbs sitting alongside the spice and warmth of an aged whisky. It’s well worth the trip for this signature sip!