The Bridge of Orchy Hotel, of Scotland’s most picturesque hotels and a major landmark on the approaches to Rannoch Moor an Glencoe, has tripled in size after a £1 million funding support package from Bank of Scotland.
The Bridge of Orchy hotel, situated close to the West Highland Way in Argyll, has been redeveloped to add an additional 23 bedrooms to meet visitor demand at its stunning tourist-friendly location.
Prior to this major upgrading of capacity, the four star hotel offered 10 high standard bedrooms and an adjacent bunkhouse providing additional budget accommodation to so suit walkers and cyclists.
21 of the new bedrooms have been built to a high specification and in a courtyard extension in highly engineered units clad in Scottish larch and steel. These occupy the space of the former bunkhouse. In addition to these, two large suites have been created through the conversion of an adjacent building.
A wide selection of Scottish art is to be on show throughout the hotel, with different pieces in each room.
The Bank of Scotland made £1 million available in term loan and overdraft facilities to help fund the project which cost a total of £1.5 million.
The Bridge of Orchy Hotel has been owned by Donald MacDonald and Sandy Orr since around 1990 and is managed by Andrew McKnight and Nadia Reis. It employs 12 permanent members of staff, with additional seasonal cover as required in the summer months.
Andrew McKnight, the hotel’s MD, says: ‘As a company we have always had a soft spot for the Bridge of Orchy Hotel. It’s a very relaxed hotel, offering really good food and friendly service. We wanted to make sure the hotel not only maintained its standard of accommodation but actually brought facilities up a notch without changing the feel. It has been a substantial investment and a big job, but we’re really pleased with the finished result.
‘The additional rooms mean we’re now able to welcome and accommodate discerning international travellers, which will make a substantial difference to the business.’
Ian Craig, Relationship Manager at the Bank of Scotland says: ‘The Bridge of Orchy Hotel is perfectly situated within a picturesque landscape, on the edge of the West Highland Way and within a short distance of the train station, where the London sleeper train stops.
‘The hotel has a great reputation with strong customer advocacy demonstrated through great Tripadvisor reviews and by frequent return visits. With a greater capacity of high standard accommodation, we’re sure this much loved hotel will continue to thrive.
‘This substantial funding package again underlines Bank of Scotland’s continued support for Scotland’s vital tourist industry.’
Now curiosity as well as familiarity will enhance the incentive to stop at the Bridge of Orchy for a meal and a bit of a chill out on any journey through this particularly spectacular part of a spectacular country.
With so much to explore in the vicinity – Rannoch Moor, Loch Ba and Glencoe in one direction, Beinn Dorain, Strath Fillan, Glen Dochart and the Falls of Dochart at Killin in the other; with access to one of Scotland’s resonant long distance walking trails and the Cononish gold mine in the vicinity – a week or so nested comfortably in the Bridge of Orchy would be an attractive proposition.
The ambition and the marketing plan go hand in hand and the drive behind this enterprise warms the cockles.
The photograph above shows, from the left, Andrew McKnight and Nadia Reis of the Bridge of Orchy Hotel and Ian Craig, Relationship Manager of the Bank of Scotland.