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Loch views: Wondering where to book your next Scottish getaway?

© SuppliedLake panorama - Scottish getaways

If you are planning your next Scottish escape, then look no further as here we visit four loch-side hotels that offer so much more than just the stunning surroundings.

Thanks to the advances in photography and ‘drone’ technology, we can now ‘visit’ hotel venues and their beautiful locations before we visit. So now, sit back and relax as we take you on a journey across Scotland to take a sneak peek at these four loch-side hotels, run by the Melville Hotels Group.

The Melville Hotels Group has purchased four new hotels in the last year and now owns The Grey Gull in Ardrishaig, The Long Loch in Arrochar, The Royal Dunkeld in Dunkeld and The MacDonald Hotel & Cabins in Kinlochleven.

All four boast waterside locations, making each of them the ideal place to escape to.

Thomas Melville, managing director of Melville Hotels, has been in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years and explains what appealed to him about these four new additions to the growing Melville Hotels Group portfolio.

A picture of the outside of the Royal Dunkeld Hotel © Supplied
Exterior of the Royal Dunkeld Hotel

Thomas said: “All four of them have something special for those seeking a rural Scottish location. As well as serving good food and having monthly live entertainment, each of them are near water, which is said to be calming and tranquil. So we invite people with hectic lifestyles to get away from it all, enjoy the peace and quiet and let us look after you.”

Read on to find out more about the four hotels and view videos showcasing the breathtaking locations of these Scottish getaways. Isn’t it time you booked your next staycation?

Scottish getaways: 4 hotels in breathtaking locations

1) The Grey Gull Hotel

Loch-side location: Loch Fyne, Ardrishaig
How to book: call 01546 606017 or visit The Grey Gull Hotel website

As you will discover, The Grey Gull has a fabulous location and is proud to offer an award-winning food menu alongside its extensive cocktail menu.

This autumn, why not enjoy the outdoor seating area (before it gets too cold) as you take in the views? There are hot tubs to boost the chilled-out vibe of this loch-side hotel that sits just a stone’s throw away from Loch Fyne. And, for those who enjoy live music, there is live entertainment each month.

A picture of a Sunday Roast © Supplied
Sunday Roast is popular at The Grey Gull

2) Royal Dunkeld Hotel

Loch-side location: River Tay, Dunkeld
How to book: visit Royal Dunkeld Hotel website

The Royal Dunkeld is a hotel with another picturesque setting. Located on the bank of the River Tay, this riverside hotel is ideal for those who want to relax. Foodies also love visiting here, for Royal Dunkeld has a AA rosette for its dining. Book a table in the restaurant when you are there.

3) Loch Long Hotel

Loch-side location: Loch Long, Arrochar
How to book: visit Loch Long Hotel website

Loch Long in Arrochar is surrounded by a mountainous landscape, known as the Arrochar Alps. so you feel very much like you are ‘away from it all’.  Hillwalkers are drawn to the Loch Long Hotel because The Cobbler, The Glen Loin Loop, Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime are all within a short stroll from the hotel.

The hotel is also situated directly on the path for the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way. Ben Lomond and The West Highland Way can also be reached with a short cruise with Cruise Loch Lomond from our local jetty in Tarbert.

The hotel also has entertainment every Friday and Saturday.

4) MacDonald Hotel & Cabins

Loch-side location: Loch Leven, Kinlochleven
How to book: visit MacDonald Hotel website

At the Macdonald Hotel & Cabins you will receive a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere. Situated on the north east edge of Kinlochleven they are ideally located for outdoor enthusiasts, either passing through the village on the West Highland Way, or taking a longer break to explore the great activities the Scottish Highlands has to offer.


The Grey Gull, The Loch Long, Royal Dunkeld and MacDonald Hotel & Cabins are all part of the Melville Hotels Group. Start planning your escape at a Scottish loch-side location today.