Clachaig Inn
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Clachaig Inn

Old Village Road, Ballachulish PH49 4HX Scotland
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#1 of 1 inn in Ballachulish
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
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Set in the heart of Glencoe, Clachaig Inn is a popular hostelry with a rich mountaineering heritage. Accommodation is provided by 23 en suite bedrooms, most of which enjoy the spectacular mountain views. Clachaig has 3 lively bars award winning bars and specializes in cask conditioned ales and malt whiskey. Food is served throughout the day and the menus use a variety of locally sourced ingredients.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Evening entertainment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Internet
Breakfast buffet
Picnic area
Room features
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English
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Padge wrote a review Sept 2020
Cardiff24 contributions24 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed recently overnight during a tour around Scotland. The room was comfortable although a little tired and would benefit from a refurb and better glazing. On first appearances it all looked very clean although I noticed some areas had been missed for quite some time - such as behind the radiator in the ensuite.

Had the cheese burger in the boots bar which was one of the best burgers I've ever had and enjoyed a few pints of 'sheep shaggers' following a recommendation from the bar man. I'd imagine during normal times there is a great atmosphere within the boots bar and although service was to tables as per covid guidelines I felt the tables were too close to maintain any adequate social distancing.

The breakfast was very good let down by poor service. I managed to eat my entire breakfast before the tea or toast arrived. A shame because the food was good just let down by poor service.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Michael J wrote a review Apr 2020
32 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Our foursome booked three rooms here on March 16, 2020. We arrived late so it wasn't until the next morning that we discovered the breathtaking grandeur of the surroundings and the incredible network of walking trails surrounding the grounds. The beauty and the trails made the place for us. However, the overpriced Inn itself is very basic with a restaurant/pub that serves only adequate food. The spaghetti seemed out of a can, the burgers were like chewy meatloaf due to containing sun-dried tomatoes and it just wasn't a fabulous place when you were indoors. The following night we stayed at a swany old hotel in Stirling with gorgeous rooms that was about 2/3 the price. You're obviously paying only for the location, not the amenities of the simple rustic tiny rooms. They do have larger cabins on the premises and I imagine they would be a better choice than the small old upstairs rooms.
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Date of stay: March 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Vesalius73 wrote a review Feb 2020
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom43 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As part of a Scottish road trip that involved plenty sightseeing and walking we chose the Clachaig on the recommendation of friends who walked the West Highland Way.

It’s a late check-in (4pm) so have other plans for your day before arrival. We did a walk in Kinlochleven finishing in perfect time to check-in.

Room, we booked a room with a mountain view, well worth it - the mountain view is just spectacular (pic attached). This was in a cabin style building adjacent to the hotel. Don’t expect the ritz but it certainly is comfortable and clean and has all the facilities you’ll need.

Main building, there are two different bars and a restaurant (for breakfasts). The ‘Boots’ bar is at the rear of the building and where, after a hard days walking is where most people hang out especially while still wearing walking clothes. No kids allowed in this bar. There is a pool table, a log fire and a great array of drinks. You can also eat in this bar. If you like whisky try an Oban ‘little bay’. The food is excellent with vegan and gluten free menus alongside the al a carte. There are also daily specials. Try the smoked haddock. Wow.

The other bar has similar menu’s and is a place where children are allowed. We didn’t venture here.

Breakfast, lots on offer including cold meats, cereals, toast, etc but more importantly the cooked breakfast, delicious. Including the veg option.

If you are doing any activities or walking around the Glencoe area the Clachaig Inn is worth trying. We will certainly be back.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stevie S wrote a review Oct 2020
2 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I wish to offer my review both to any potential customers and as an open letter to the owners The Daynes Family.

Award winning accommodation, 23 Modern rooms, "Classic Double rooms", 3 Star Inn by Visit Scotland, high standards.

These were the points that encouraged us to book for 2 nights B & B. On arrival we were given keys to a "Classic Double room". This looked more like, no disrespect, staff quarters. The room was small, very tired & worn. The door wouldn't even close without banging it shut. It never had a view either. I went straight back to reception to express my dissatisfaction with the room. Reception were very apologetic & offered us a second room which was a twin room. This room was slightly bigger but well below what we expected for £150 per night. It was also in need of a makeover. Again no view worth talking about.
We booked for dinner in The Boot's Bar for 7pm & were promptly shown to our table & served shortly afterwards with the drinks we ordered. 7.30pm came & went & we collard a member of staff to order our meals. The starters came at 8pm & after going & speaking to staff at the bar twice, the main courses at 8.45pm, not before turning up at the table with the starters for a second time, while sitting with empty glasses for a good 15 minutes. The staff were very apologetic & removed the food from the bill. The second night were were given a complimentary drink in recognition of night one. The breakfast was plentiful & set you up for the day. This Inn enjoys an amazing location & whilst we acknowledge that the virus has certainly taken away some of the character of such an establishment we did expect a whole lot better & felt it was vastly overpriced for what we got in return .
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Date of stay: September 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Barry Dominic Graham wrote a review Jul 2022
Montrose, United Kingdom17 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
With a absurdly and inexplicably rigid 4pm check-in (10:30 check-out) time… the ‘Clachaig Inn’ has an extremely arrogant and condescending older receptionist (in person as well as via telephone).
Full payment is also demanded up front when booking.
We ended up with a no view (view of gas tanks) tired and incredibly basic stuffy old triple room with the dull roar of a kitchen extractor fan very close by past midnight and much external/internal noise until late evening (all back by 6am)… a small old flatscreen TV hanging off a broken swivel arm and aiming at the floor (which we held upright using three cushions).
This is an unbelievably overpriced venue exploiting its beautiful location to the fullest (£390 for two rooms for 1 night).
The evening restaurant is a ‘Wetherspoon’ type setup (order and pay at counter… but at full upmarket restaurant prices eg. £15+ for a small burger and chips)… average quality at best… whilst we sat beneath defective flickering light bulbs. The menu was very limited… with items such ‘fish & chips’ and ‘game pie’ being unavailable by our reservation time at 7pm.
However, other than the aforementioned ‘receptionist’… the rest of the staff were very pleasant and the breakfast and serving staff were exceptional.
All in all however… we would not return in the future.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cheryl R wrote a review Jan 2020
Ulceby, United Kingdom16 contributions154 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked a 4 night new year package. Room ok, clean, twin beds, usual amenities.
Breakfast and evening meal food was excellent! Too much though, especially the ridiculously large sticky toffee pudding...which would have easily fed 4 people! Still, better too much than not enough but I do hate to see so much food wasted!
Could also be waiting 15 mins before being served your first course!

Now the bar.... this is where this Inn falls down! Not enough staff on New Years eve, had to wait too long to be served! Half way through the night they ran out of :- ginger ale, vodka, Bailey's (but had a Scottish equivalent), had no Pims and of course the real ale ran out.

This was Tuesday night and no attempt was made to purchase any of these items once the shops were open again 36 hours later despite my continuing request for there attention! It would have been so easy for them to go to the supermarket to get enough to tie them over until their next delivery. It's called customer service!

So if you decide to stay here and like a tipple take your own and that way you will be able to drink your favourite tipple for the duration of your stay.

Also being a resident we were surprised to find ourselves 'kicked out' of the bar and the bar closed at normal times. There was also only 5 chairs available for the residents to use that were within the residential part of the Inn. Obviously not enough if 20 residents want to stop up a bit longer. Not every one is a walker or climber and wanting an early night, especially this time of the year!

On a final note. To reach the Boots bar you have to go outside. Lighting is poor and surface not overly good especially as you can't see clearly in the light. Also not good if it's raining. Perhaps they should look at putting a covering over the walkway and better lighting?
Also this bar is not a dress up place. Jeans and t shirt are def the order of the day.

Shame about the negative points as this Inn is in a lovely location.
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Date of stay: December 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Room 24 was quite quiet.
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Doug P wrote a review Sept 2021
2 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
As a young adult I have spent countless nights at the boots bar at the clachaig inn. We have done apres ski more times than I can remember and spent a few great New Years parties in this packed venue. Atmosphere is great and usually a decent band at the weekends to keep it lively… lost count of the hundreds of pounds that have been spent in this bar over the years… I’m not a local but I live no more than an hour away so feel like I am at least a familiar face in the bar….

Not only do I like this venue, I have sent countless visitors to scotland here and they have always had a great time on my recommendation.

However, tonight while visiting the same old bar/restaurant with my 9 week old baby… in a baby carrier… I was asked to leave as the child was not of legal drinking age… At 9 weeks old I didn’t think the wee lad presented much of an under age drinking risk… the spaniel was ok to stay though! despite this and without causing a fuss we left as we were advised that the lounge excepted small humans and dogs.

On arriving round the corner at the lounge bar we found that it was fully booked out by residents of the hotel… so there was no room at the inn…. The less than empathetic staff told us that we could walk in the rain with our baby down to glencoe village where there is another bar which apparently likes children.

To put this into perspective, when our wee boy was 3 weeks old… we were allowed to be served food outside at a picnic bench… so dogs are cool inside… but keep your infants outside…

Such a shame as I have loved this place over the years… won’t be back for 18 years… when the boy is old enough to buy me a pint!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Simone773 wrote a review Sept 2020
143 contributions61 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
No wonder so many walkers make this their go to location in Glencoe. A friendly welcome on reception with full explanation of Covid and restaurant booking offered. Single room small but well appointed with the most fantastic views. Can highly recommend the veggie haggis with heaps and tatties, as well as the very well organised and delicious breakfast. All staff were super friendly and helpful. Only downside was the bar queuing system but that can’t be helped. I look forward to returning for the famous live music nights. Oh and the filming location for Hagrids house in Harry Potter is a 10 minute stroll away
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Natalie wrote a review Oct 2021
Bournemouth, United Kingdom53 contributions9 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the inn in September for 2 nights - it was meant to be 3 but we checked out early due to our experience.

Upon arrival, we said ‘hello, how are you?’ to the receptionist who replied ‘ask me at 21:00’ and proceeded to explain how short staffed they were. Not a great first impression.

The rooms are not as advertised on the website. Very basic and tired and not worth the £160 per night charge (this was for a mountain view room).

We were very disappointed as we had had seen positive reviews for the inn when we originally booked but can see that they are now going steadily downhill.

On a positive note, the breakfast was good - my other half had the cooked both mornings and the portion size was very generous.

We ate in the Boots Bar on the Friday night - it was extremely busy but the hotel had reserved a table for us which was appreciated.
The food was ok, quite average but the atmosphere made up for it.

In summary, we would stop in for a drink again but would not stay the night.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SmileySmile wrote a review Aug 2021
East Anglia13 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been here loads of times. Food is good (4/5) and location is the best (5/5). However, their garden service for COVID is absolutely dreadful. It took 25 mins to get 2 pints and I was only third in the queue. There were at least 10 people waiting behind me and one serving, then going off to pour the pints inside. Lots of staff looking a bit lost. They were militant on mask use at the till, which I don’t mind, but the server was wearing his around his chin, barely covering his mouth. They didn’t clear our table of the last customer’s plates throughout our meal despite me asking three different staff inside the pub. Really disappointing. This pub should be incredible. If it wasn’t for the incredible location, this place would be rapidly losing customers. We didn’t stay for more pints because I couldn’t face the queue.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from jill H
Stretton on Fosse, United Kingdom79 contributions14 helpful votes
It’s walkable but quite a long way. You need to look at google maps. You can walk to the end of the little road then cross over to loch achtriochtan then walk down the edge of the loch. At the far end of the loch you pick up the miners track which is a good path that goes all the way along the valley. You can head off left up to the 3 sisters car park. You can see it from the path so you can’t miss it. But you get views of the 3 sisters all the way along the valley. The waterfall is at the car park. If you are at the clachaig id strongly recommend going to the waterfall very close to the pub near signal rock car park. It’s a short walk through the an Torr woods to get to it. Buy yourself an ordnance survey map and download it to your phone.
Answer from kenjoalejandro
Falkirk, United Kingdom94 contributions20 helpful votes
If you are walking the whole WHW then you will pass the Kings house hotel which has an excellent boot bar at the back and then sadly the walk crosses over the devils staircase to drop down into kinlochleven so the walk skirts the eastern end of glen Coe while the chlachaig is at the other end of glen Coe there is a perfectly good path to it through glen Coe but it's a fair extra detour of the WHW
Wendy S wrote a tip May 2024
Basingstoke, United Kingdom260 contributions101 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Aim for after 2pm if not eating If eating book it gets really busy "
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Brian Q wrote a tip Apr 2024
3 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great location. Go for a drink, but don't stay!"
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kittym45 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Santa Ponsa, Spain4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dogs are very welcome in Boots Bar "
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michael e wrote a tip Apr 2024
Cropredy, United Kingdom84 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Eyes open for the sights .Look out for the herd of mountain goats."
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Ron F wrote a tip Mar 2024
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plenty of parking around the hotel grounds"
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$590 - $651 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clachaig Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Clachaig Inn?
Nearby attractions include Glencoe National Nature Reserve (1.7 km), Lost Valley Trail (2.7 km), and Glencoe Lochan (3.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Clachaig Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a lounge, free parking, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Clachaig Inn?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Clachaig Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Clachaig Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lochleven Seafood Cafe, The Laroch Restaurant & Bar, and Highland Getaway Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at Clachaig Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Clachaig Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Glencoe Folk Museum (3.4 km).
Does Clachaig Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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