ABOUT US

Welcome to The Prince’s House Hotel, a privately owned and run characterful small hotel set amidst the dramatic and stunning scenery of the western Highlands of Scotland. The owners, Kieron and Ina Kelly offer personal attention in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, with comfortable rooms and some of the finest Scottish cuisine available our aim is to ensure that you have a memorable stay with us.

Glenfinnan is the perfect location to unwind and explore the outstanding natural beauty of the area, whether by car, on foot or by public transport. Visit us and immerse yourself in our rich local history, enjoy the warmth of our hospitality and the modern comforts of this charming old hotel – you’ll wish you could stay longer.

“Lose yourself in the beauty of our surroundings, find yourself in the warmth of our hospitality”

OUR HISTORY

Originally a coaching inn called The Stage House, the hotel was built as a “change house” to provide shelter and a change of horse for travellers on “The Road to the Isles”. The oldest part of the building dates back to the seventeenth century, at that time the inn would have been very basic with one large upstairs room with a fireplace at either end for warmth. This section now houses the restaurant downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs.

Over the years the hotel has gradually expanded with the last addition, the Stage House Lounge bar built in the 1980s to replace an older section that had to be demolished. We now have nine bedrooms, a mix of standard, superior and one four poster. All of the rooms have coombed ceilings, some have dormer windows in the traditional Highland style and all are arranged over the first floor in a slightly quirky layout.

Rooms

Our finest bedroom is The Stuart Room. This charming and spacious room, with its Jacobean four poster bed is situated in the oldest part of the building at the front of the hotel with a fine view of the hills. This room comes with many extras including luxury bathrobes, sherry decanter, fresh flowers and chocolates as well as Arran Aromatics toiletries, flat screen television, direct dial telephone and hospitality tray. This room is often in great demand for honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries and those who just wish to treat themselves.

Don’t forget that when booking you can order Champagne, we will have it chilled on ice in your room, ready for you to enjoy when you arrive.

We have two double rooms with king size beds, two twin rooms and two single rooms. The double rooms and one of the single rooms are located to the front of the hotel, the remaining rooms are to the side. The bedrooms are individually decorated and most are furnished in mahoganay. They have either en-suite bath with over shower or shower only, luxury Arran Aromatics toiletries, satellite television, direct dial telephone and hospitality tray. One of the double rooms has a connecting door with a single room (rooms 1 and 2) so can be used as a family suite for two adults and two young children. Wireless internet is currently only available in the public areas of the hotel.

Our standard rooms, both of which are doubles, are located to the side and rear of the hotel, they have the same facilities as our superior rooms but are less spacious. The rooms are decorated with light colourways and have beech finish furnishings. All of these rooms have en-suite showers, satellite television, direct dial telephone, hair dryer and hospitality tray. Wireless internet is currently only available in the public areas of the hotel.

Tariff

Rates are per room per night and include full breakfast (see below). Dinner, bed and breakfast rates are also available, for details please contact us using the enquiry form below or by telephone to 01397 722246.

  • **Single room – From £65 to £80
  • **Superior Double or Twin room – From £130 to £160
  • **Standard Double room – From £110 to £130
  • **Four Poster room – From £150 to £190

For up to date availability and prices, including any current special offers, please use the search button located at the top of the page. For longer stays, group accommodation or if you have any specific requirements please contact us by telephone on 01397 722246 or use the enquiry form below.

 

For families with younger children we have a superior double room with adjoining single room, an extra childs bed can be added to the single room. For families with older children we have adjacent double and twin rooms available. A high chair is available for the use of our younger guests, please note we do not have a cot.

 

Reservations can be made online by using the booking facility located at the top of the page or by telephone to 01397 722246. Valid credit (Mastercard, Visa or American Express) or debit card details will be required to guarantee the booking, we will not charge a deposit unless requested. Alternatively, a deposit payable by cheque for the first nights accommodation will secure your booking. Refunded cheques will be subject to a £10 charge to cover bank and administration costs.

 

Cancellation Policy: We will charge for the first nights accommodation in the event of non-arrival, or cancellation with less than 48 hours from the date of arrival. In the event of a booking being curtailed after arrival we may charge a cancellation fee equivalent to one nights accommodation charge. Room rates will revert to our standard (rack) rate applicable for the period.

 

Should you wish to amend a booking prior to arrival, we reserve the right not to accept the amendment. Should we accept the amendment, we reserve the right to charge the total amount payable under the original booking i.e. a 2 night booking at £150.00 per night = £300.00, amended to 1 night would still cost £300.00. Should you wish to amend a booking after arrival, we may charge a cancellation fee equivalent to one nights rate.

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a celebration of fine food, drink and great company

The best quality produce, imaginative flavour combinations and simple presentation are the cornerstones of our food. Warmth, good humour and friendliness are those of our hospitality.

Restaurant

The restaurant occupies one of the original parts of this charming old coaching inn with wood panelling and original paintings by Scottish and French artists, the menu offered here is a seasonal fixed four course dinner. Our wine list features a wide range of new and old world vintages, with a house selection of around thirty wines under thirty pounds and an old world influenced fine wine section. We make extensive use of locally sourced seasonal ingredients with venison from the surrounding hills, fish and shellfish from the boats at Mallaig, soft fruits and vegetables from a small scale grower, lamb from a nearby coastal farm and beef from our Highland butchers. Wherever possible local suppliers will be our first choice as we believe in buying and employing locally in order to support the local economy. Our over-riding priority is, however, quality. We do not use an ingredient simply because it is produced locally, nor do we reject an ingredient simply because it is not. In recognition of our commitment to using local produce, and the quality of the resulting dishes our restaurant has been awarded the prestigious “Flavour of Scotland” Thistle Award, the Highlands and Islands Dining Out award and currently has 2 AA rosettes. Please note that as the menu is written according to the number of diners, a dinner reservation is essential, bookings can be made by telephone to 01397 722246 or by e-mail to [email protected]

the art of refreshment

Sample restaurant menu 206

 

Bar

The Stage House Lounge is a spacious room with a vaulted pine clad ceiling and overlooks the burn running adjacent to the hotel. Light, airy and comfortable it is the ideal place for more casual dining or just to relax and enjoy a drink.

We have a traditional espresso machine for morning, afternoon and after dinner coffee or tea, premium draught beers, Scottish bottled ales and an excellent selection of single malt whiskies, spirits and soft drinks.

We are fortunate to be situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with such a rich, natural larder in the sea, hills and lochs of the West Highlands. The Stage House Lounge blackboard menu makes the best of the high quality seasonal produce available to us. We make all of our own soups, casseroles, terrines, hot-smoked salmon and duck, we cure our own herring, bake our own bread daily and make all of our own ice creams and desserts. Alongside these we also serve simply grilled meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

We do not take table reservations for bar meals, but recommend that groups of four or more diners telephone in advance to ensure that we have space for you.

Scottish produce …. ye cannae whack it

Activities

There is plenty to see and do in the Glenfinnan area, we have featured a few of our local attractions below. Lochaber has a reputation for its wet weather and we certainly get our share of rain so it pays to be aware of the changeable nature of our weather when planning your day. The mountainous terrain means that micro-climates can occur with heavy rain in one glen and sunshine in the next – the key is, be prepared.

LOCH SHIEL “EAGLE-WATCH” CRUISES

On visiting Glenfinnan, a cruise on Loch Shiel is a must. Local skipper Jim Michie has been cruising this beautiful inland freshwater Loch for over sixteen years and has gained an in-depth knowledge of the wildlife, history and geology of the area.
Jim gives a live commentary on all aspects of the Loch and surroundings, while keeping a keen eye out for the elusive Golden & White-Tailed Eagles, Red Deer, Black-Throated Divers and many other species of Rare Wildlife. His unique “Eagle-Watch” cruises have gained the reputation of being one of the best in Scotland and have gained Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star status and a Trip Advisor 5 Star Certificate of Excellence 2013. For more information visit www.highlandcruises.co.uk

NATIONAL TRUST for SCOTLAND

The visitor centre tells the story of the last Jacobite uprising in 1745, a new exhibition opened there in 2013.
The Glenfinnan monument stands close to the visitor centre at the head of Loch Shiel, framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery. The viewpoint on the hill behind the property offers fine views, in one direction, of Glenfinnan viaduct – famously seen in all of the Harry Potter films, and in the other, Loch Shiel – the Dark Lake and film setting for Hogwarts school.

GLENFINNAN STATION MUSEUM

Glenfinnan Station formally opened to the public in April 1901 and continues to this day to serve the community as well as the large numbers of tourists who now visit the area each year.
Initially the Station provided both passenger and freight traffic and the lines to the loading bank remain today as part of this history, although freight facilities no longer exist. Following the decline of rail travel in the 1960s and the inevitable rise of the motor car the whole line was threatened with closure under the Beeching Proposals. Fortunately the reprieve was swift but the downstream effect of cost savings led to mass redundancies and the potential dereliction of stations. To save the buildings, Glenfinnan Station Museum was therefore set up in 1991 and now stands as a tribute to those far sighted people who made this possible. The Museum seeks to tell the story of the West Highland Railway, its construction and development. In recent years the station buildings have benefited from a substantial upgrade and now represent a substantial resource for historians and train enthusiasts alike.

GUIDED WALKS

The Highland Council’s Countryside Rangers run many events and guided walks throughout the year in our area. The aim being to educate both the local community and visitors and raise awareness of our wildlife, our scenery, our history and our culture. For full details of this service and to view a calendar of planned events got to www.outdoorhighlands.co.uk

THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes.
Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. The train stops at the village of Glenfinnan, after crossing it’s famous viaduct, beyond there are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. En route, on a clear summer’s day, you can see the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye.

NEVIS RANGE

Located about six miles north of Fort William, Nevis range offers a range of activities to suit all ages. From a gentle stroll along mountain paths to extreme snow sports and one of the best downhill mountain bike track in the world.

Let Britain’s only mountain gondola transport you to 650m on the slopes of Aonach Mor. Meander along the mountain trails to the panoramic viewpoints, then relax in the restaurant & bar with breathtaking views. In summer, visit our Mountain Discovery Centre.

Nevis Range and the surrounding area of Lochaber boasts a vast and varying range of mountain bike trails from cross country trails and white-knuckle downhills to relaxing forest trails that are sympathetic to even the most inexperienced of riders. Lochaber is at the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK and is also host to the UCI Mountain Bike & Trails World Championships track.

With a range of slopes to suit all abilities, equipment hire and a snow sports school there is something here for every winter sports enthusiast.

Download the piste map

The High Wire Adventure is suitable for children, families and adults . Absolutely NO experience necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness helps! Ideal for birthdays, parties, groups, work outings, hen or stag parties or as part of a corporate adventure day, or just come and have a shot on this great experience. New features include the ‘climbing wall and the ‘net tunnel’.

HILLWALKING

There are lots of walks in Glenfinnan and the surrounding area, from easy low level walks to Munros, Corbetts and of course Ben Nevis. The high level walks require some specialist equipment and knowledge and should not be undertaken lightly. The Outdoor Capital of the UK has an excellent resource centre in its website, information about a range of outdoor activities can be found there. Click here for some pdf itineraries and maps produced by OCUK for the Lochaber area.

 

Travel Directions

There are a number of options for reaching us by public transport. The simplest way to plan your journey in Scotland is to use the website www.travelinescotland.com Travel information is available from ninety days before your date of departure.

By Air – the nearest airports are Glasgow and Inverness. From Glasgow city centre there is a direct train service to Glenfinnan or Citylink bus service to Fort William. From Inverness city centre there is a Citylink bus service to Fort William, both airports have car hire facilities.

By Train – there is a train station in Glenfinnan. The station is on the West highland line, recently voted one of the top ten railway journeys in the world. The line runs between Glasgow and Mallaig, on arrival in Glenfinnan walk down to the bottom of the station drive and turn right, the hotel is about one hundred metres further along the road.

By Bus – there are two local services operated by Shiel Buses, one runs between Fort William and Mallaig, the other between Fort William and Acharacle. Citylink operate regular bus services to Fort William from Skye, Inverness and Glasgow.

By Ferry – Calmac operate ferries between Mallaig and Skye, and Mallaig and the small isles. From Mallaig there is a train and a bus service to Glenfinnan.

Car Hire – there are several car hire offices in the Fort William area.

To reach us by car, the hotel is located on the main road (A830) on the western side of Glenfinnan, one hundred metres west of the railway station. SatNav users please note – most of the village shares the same postcode so using this is likely to lead you astray. If your SatNav directs you to turn off the main road in Glenfinnan ignore it.

From the South:-

Stay on the A82 through Fort William, following the directions for Inverness. About one mile north turn left onto the A830 signposted for Mallaig (the BP petrol station at the roundabout is the last one before Mallaig), continue on this road for around fifteen miles. At Glenfinnan you will pass the National Trust visitor centre on your right, then the church on your left and finally the railway station on your right. The hotel is one hundred metres past the station turning, the car park is on your left.

From the North:-

On the outskirts of Fort William turn right from the A82 onto the A830 signposted for Mallaig (the BP petrol station at the roundabout is the last one before Mallaig), continue on this road for around fifteen miles. At Glenfinnan you will pass the National Trust visitor centre on your right, then the church on your left and finally the railway station on your right. The hotel is one hundred metres past the station turning, the car park is on your left.

From Mallaig:-

Take the A830 east (the petrol station in Mallaig is the last one before Fort William) for around twenty nine miles. At Glenfinnan the hotel car park is on your right as you come down the hill.

If you require any further driving directions please contact us.