Scotland was a place I had always longed to visit but just never quite managed to. As an English citizen, the distance was not too far but somehow or other, we never got around to visiting.
A few years ago, I finally managed a brief visit to bonnie Scotland but was I disappointed? No, I certainly was not.
We booked a short weekend break through a local travel company, which included a stay at The Spittal of Glenshee, close to Deeside. The coach journey was a rather long and drawn out affair unfortunately.
Initially we travelled by motorway which meant that the scenery was sparse, to say the least. We experienced all weathers during the journey. It was early autumn and we saw everything from sun, to rain, to hail and to snow.
A brief stop at the Carlisle services gave us our first taste of Scottish shopping. Carlisle may be in England rather than Scotland but the shopping here was definitely Scottish. Every stop we made on our journey, after Carlisle, included shops with tartan displays, Scotch and more. The last lap of our journey, through the Scottish countryside, was beautiful, but tiring and we eventually arrived at our accommodation, twelve hours after leaving our hometown.
The Spittal of Glenshee is set in a glen, with breathtaking scenery, wherever your eye travels. The Glens and Royal Deeside have a backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains. Glenshee is a little off the beaten track but there is motorway access. It is a good place to use as a base for exploring the east of Scotland. Glenshee offers skiing in winter, good walking, hiking, hill climbing, shooting, country walks, fishing and more. There is good golfing within a mile of Glenshee. Glamis Castle, which was home to the Queen Mother, at one time, is within easy reach.
The Spittal of Glenshee
As we visited in late October, it was off-season and the prices were very good. As soon as we hit Scotland, the weather improved and overall stayed clement throughout our stay.
The hotel was homely and would be a great base, for touring round the wilds of Scotland. The countryside around Glenshee is outstanding and we saw wildlife such as deer and pheasants, whilst we were out and about.
This hotel is ideal for those wanting a relaxing getaway. It is very peaceful. The beautiful location is a great selling point.
The double room size was adequate, had twin beds and was in reasonable condition. The bathroom was fairly new and in excellent condition. We had good views, from our room, of the River, which is very close by, and the mountains. The windows only opened slightly which would not be ideal in summer. Although the accommodation was not 4 star, it was homely and pleasant.
General hotel amenities
The hotel covers a fair area. It is a low rise building with only has 4 or 5 steps, here and there. This should mean that it is fine for those less physically able.
The restaurant offered great views out to the mountains. The bar served snacks and drinks, and was visited by locals, as well as hotel guests. There is the usual tartan decorating the hotel and there was evening entertainment, when we visited. However, when we visited it was with a coach party and perhaps the entertainment was for parties, such as ours.
For example, there was bingo, Scottish music and quizzes. The prizes were quite good but many of them were given back to raffle again, for local charities. The staff at this hotel were funny and very friendly, with many of them wearing kilts each day.
Three lovely Springer Spaniels would accompany visitors on walks, for a small fee, which is a donation to charity. The large area where the evening entertainment took place had a large fireplace, with dramatic Scottish paintings surrounding it and a large, roaring fire.
Food and Beverages
Our weekend break was on a bed and breakfast basis. The breakfast had a good variety of food and was very good quality. The buffet breakfast enabled guests to eat as much as they liked. Breakfast included porridge, bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast and jam or marmalade, cereals, muesli, coffee, tea, fruit juice and much more. It was cooked to perfection and there were always fresh supplies of everything on offer.
Our evening meal was just as good and was an, eat as much as you like, carvery, with a good menu which always including homemade haggis. The restaurant is a pleasant, large area and the views are spectacular.
The bar serves a speciality called a Spittal Burger, but I could not get over the name enough to try one
Location and Surroundings
In winter, this hotel will probably primarily be a skiing location. However, when we were staying there, there was a hiking party staying also. The area is really in the middle of nowhere, but it is near a main road and there are Scottish attractions fairly near to the hotel.
Pitlochry is within easy reach. Nightlife is non-existent apart from the hotel bar and any hotel entertainment. There is walking with the dogs, which is fun, if like us you love dogs.
This hotel would be a great place for visiting Deeside. It would also be perfect for a stopover on a journey across Scotland. However if you want a quiet location, in a rural setting, to unwind and relax it is perfect.
Contact Detaiils are:
Telephone: 01250 885 215
Fax: 01250 885 223
THE SPITTAL OF GLENSHEE HOTEL