Glenborrodale Castle, as part of the Ardnamurchan Estate, has just won the 'Hospitality' section of the Scottish Rural Awards, presented to manager Sarah MacKinnon at a gala dinner in Edinburgh on 26th March. This award - they're sometimes called the 'Rural Oscars' - is a huge boost to a business whose remote location can be a real challenge.
While the Castle used to concentrate on parties staying for several days - it was a very successful venue for Great Rail Journeys - it has recently changed its emphasis to an hotel offering bed and breakfast, and evening meals both for residents and non-residents. That said, it is still available for large parties and block bookings.
....is the billiard room which, if anyone really wants to, can also be used for business meetings.
The views from the castle are striking, and the layout of the building has taken full advantage of them, all but two of the rooms looking out towards Loch Sunart.
The sixteen double/twin rooms in the Castle can be booked for special functions such as weddings, house parties and anniversary events.
Guests from the surrounding area are welcomed for evening meals at which the driver, in view of Scotland's strict drink/drive laws, is offered free soft drinks.
Bookings can be made though freetobook and Booking.com, through the Castle's own website at Glenborrodale Castle, on 01972 500 275 or through the Castle's Facebook page.
Many thanks to manager Sarah MacKinnon and assistant manager Jacob Hunter
for showing me round.