The Square 1 Kinloch Rannoch, Pitlochry PH16 5PW, Scotland
One of Scotland's best kept secrets
We went for an overnight stay here. Service was superb and food out of this world. Ask for a renovated room though i think. Ours was #26 and the central heating didnt work but i wouldnt judge the whole stay on that basis.
Definitely recomend this to anyone looking for a few days away in breath taking scenery on the banks of loch rannoch.
Unique Quality: Dinner was out of this world, easily one of the best meals I have had in a restaurant in a long time. Th dining room was quite a decent size but the tables were all spaced out so you didnt feel cramped. For about 20 tables they had 5 staff so service was great. We had a drink in the bar where they took our order so there was no hanging about.
This is an old building with genuine period features. Without being patronising it has that "quaint Scottish" feel that many tourists will be after but its not all tartan and lucky white heather.
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My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights in February 2006. We had booked a four poster room but two days prior to our departure we received a phone call to say this room was unavailable due to renovation work. We were offered a deluxe double room instead and upgraded to a romantic weekend package instead to compensate. The hotel is in the village of Kinloch Ranoch, a little more off the beaten track than we had initially anticipated but a beautiful peaceful and remote setting. Our room was large and the bed was very comfortable, although the room was not particularly warm. The staff were generally very helpful and we enjoyed a pleasant three course dinner in the restaurant on our first night as part of the romantic upgrade. We chose to eat in the local village cafe/restuarant on the second night. Overall a pleasant stay at the Dunalastair.
Enjoyed our stay
My husband and I stayed at the Dunalastair for 1 night last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We were welcomed warmly and were pleased to find that our room had been upgraded at no extra cost. Our room was large and nicely decorated, with a very comfy bed. The bathroom was big, airy and modern with an excellent shower and a bath big enough for two.
We were greeted for dinner and welcomed into the lounge to choose from the menu over a pre-dinner drink. We were a little disappointed in the choices on the menu, but it changes every day, so I guess it depends on luck and personal taste. However, dinner was delicious: beautifully cooked and presented.
The public rooms were warm and cosy with crackling log fires and relaxing music. The staff were friendly without being intrusive and the general atmosphere was relaxed and happy.
I was surprised that breakfast wasn't cooked to order in a hotel of this class; it was a buffet style affair and not entirely top quality. I've had far better breakfasts in a modest B&B.
But on the whole we had a lovely time and will definitely return.
An anniversary to remember.
The Dunalastair is situated in the village of Kinloch Rannoch, a few miles off the A9. We were celebrating our first wedding anniversary with another 18 friends and family, and as such, had booked 10 rooms for the occasion.
The food was excellent, the staff were extremely helpful and attentive, the whisky bar is fantastic, and the lounge bar is extremely comfortable.
There is a good selection of packages, and room styles available, and all of our guests enjoyed a bottle of champagne on arrival. As the price included a drink before dinner, and we were paying for everyone's drinks anyway, the manager suggested that he facilitate a pink champagne reception in the Rannoch Room (small bar) at no additional charge.
We were seated in the "Red Room" for dinner, this being private, and therefore more intimate for us and our guests.
The "Pub", is a charming building situated at the rear of the hotel, and has a very welcoming fire to greet you as you enter.
Excellent value for money, considering the whole experience. All in all, the most memorable night 20 people have had in a long tme.
Relaxed, informal, impressive
We stayed here for 2 nights in mid-September 2005, as part of a holiday in the Highlands. The hotel is charming, with great service and an air of relaxed highland comfort. We had a four-poster room which had creaky floors (we liked the authenticity!), and an adjoining bathroom with semi-antique roll-top bath. Very comfortable accommodation. Dinner was taken in the hotel on both nights, as the location is fairly isolated (for example, self-service petrol outside the hotel!). We chose our menu options whilst sipping a local malt in the lovely lounge/bar, and were very impressed with the quality of the local produce served in the pretty candlelit oak-panelled dining room. No need for a jacket or tie !. Definitely on my list of places I would recommend to fellow travellers.