New era for hotel after major revamp
Developers have confirmed the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe will reopen next month after a £12 million refurbishment.
Formerly a 17th-century droving inn, Kingshouse Hotel on Rannoch Moor has welcomed its fair share of guests over the centuries and was well-loved by climbers and walkers on the West Highland Way.
With the refurbishment nearing completion, the new hotel is almost unrecognisable.
Project management team Bidwells says great care has been taken to retain the informality of the inn while upgrading the building for today’s guests.
Kingshouse will be managed by the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels and owner Stephen Leckie said: ‘Our motivation from the outset was to provide continuity for all the things which make Kingshouse unique, while ensuring its longevity for another century and more.’
The refurbishment project was not free from controversy, however, as conservation organisations The John Muir Trust and the National Trust for Scotland objected to the new hotel plans on the grounds the designs are not in keeping with the surrounding area.
New general manager Craig Haddow added: ‘I feel really fortunate to be part of the next chapter of this historic inn. The response locally to the 54 new jobs being created has been superb and we intend to bring wider facilities to this area, including weddings and events.’
The Kingshouse Hotel is due to reopen on Friday February 8.
Owners Stephen and Fiona Leckie outside the new Kingshouse Hotel.