The Pierhouse – Port Appin, Argyll
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Surrounded by the raw, breathtaking beauty of western Scotland, The Pierhouse sits on the shores of Loch Linnhe. A cosy, relaxed and friendly hotel, it’s the ideal base for exploring this unforgettable part of the world and for sampling the very best of its local produce. The 12 comfortable bedrooms include several with loch views, which look out directly across to the islands of Lismore and Shuna, and the Morvern Peninsula beyond. Downstairs, head chef Michael Leathley is in charge of the AA rosette Seafood restaurant, where he calls his cooking ‘bringing the outside in’ – in other words, the freshest west-coast seafood such as creel-caught langoustines and Loch Creran oysters, plus Scottish meat, game and vegetables, all prepared and cooked using classic, simple techniques. There’s also a residents’ lounge with a wood-burning stove, a Finnish sauna for relaxing after a day spent hiking or biking, and The Ferry Bar (named after the foot passenger ferry from Port Appin that has been running since 1750) where you’ll find an impressive selection of Scottish gins and more than 100 malt whiskies to sample.
Doubles from £125
+44 (0)1631 730302; pierhousehotel.co.uk