Shieldaig Lodge

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Shieldaig Lodge in Gairloch is a historic country house and hotel located on the west coast of Scotland. It has been a popular destination for holidaymakers since the late 19th century and has impressive views across the lochs of Wester Ross. 

What makes a stay at Shieldaig Lodge unique?

Shieldaig Lodge is a unique hotel that offers a truly unforgettable experience. Located on the banks of the picturesque Loch Gairloch, the hotel is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With stunning views of the surrounding mountains, beautiful beaches and lush forests, this hotel offers the perfect backdrop for a tranquil and luxurious stay.

What makes Shieldaig Lodge Hotel unique is its proximity to the great outdoors. The hotel is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, offering guests the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the area. Whether it’s fishing, walking, biking or bird watching, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. The hotel also provides access to a range of outdoor activities, such as kayaking, canoeing and sailing.

The Shieldaig Lodge Hotel is truly unique, offering guests a luxurious stay in an idyllic location. With its stunning views, varied amenities and access to the great outdoors, it’s the perfect destination for those looking for a truly unforgettable experience.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Shieldaig Lodge?

Shieldaig Lodge offers a wide range of rooms and facilities to suit all visitors, from families and couples to business travellers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The hotel has a selection of spacious en-suite rooms, including double, twin and family rooms, all with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and luxurious furnishings. The hotel also offers a range of self-catering apartments with fully-equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and private balconies or terraces.


What can guests enjoy when staying in the Gairloch area?

The Gairloch area of Scotland is a stunningly beautiful region, full of breathtaking landscapes and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Whether visiting for a day or a week-long stay, guests can enjoy a range of activities and attractions in the area.

The beaches in Gairloch are some of the most beautiful in the country, with miles of white sand and crystal clear waters that are perfect for swimming, surfing, and kayaking. There are also plenty of walking and cycling trails in the area, which offer stunning views of the coastline and the surrounding countryside.

Guests can also take boat trips out to the Inner Hebrides, where they can spot a range of wildlife, including dolphins, porpoises, and seals. The area also has a rich cultural heritage, with a number of historic sites and monuments to explore, such as the Gairloch Heritage Museum and the ruins of a medieval castle.

For those looking for a more adventurous experience, there are plenty of outdoor activities available in the area, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and archery. There are also a range of outdoor adventure parks, with zip-lining, abseiling, and other activities on offer.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

The hotel's restaurant, The Galley, serves a variety of traditional Scottish dishes as well as international cuisine. The restaurant also features a daily specials menu, showcasing the best local produce. Guests can enjoy a relaxing meal in the informal and comfortable dining room, or on the terrace overlooking the loch.

The hotel's bar, The Thirsty Trossachs, serves an extensive range of beers, wines and spirits. Guests can relax with a glass of their favourite tipple while enjoying the beautiful views of the loch. The bar also hosts live music events, making it a great place for a night out.

The hotel also has a café, offering guests a variety of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and light snacks. The café is ideal for a quick bite to eat or a relaxing cup of coffee in the afternoon.

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Based on 12 reviews

We've just got home from our fourth visit to Shieldaig Lodge in the last year. As always it was a perfect break in the most beautiful surroundings. Having first discovered the hotel by accident last March we keep getting drawn back by its myriad charms. The staff are amazing. Each and every one we meet looks after us so well, from Ismet the general manager to the young waiting staff and Sandra the housekeeper. The view from the front is captivating, and there are few pleasures in life greater than sitting in the lounge enjoying a G&T while watching the seals playing in the bay. It's an experience that one can never tire of, regardless of the weather. The bar has over 200 whiskies and more than 80 gins, and the hotel offers a bespoke whisky blending package that allows you to tailor your own perfect taste. The rooms are stunning, it's worth spending a little more and getting a loch view room if available - you won't regret it! Dinner at Shieldaig Lodge is a must - reasonably priced and sourced locally whenever possible. Venison, cod, guinea fowl, the list goes on. Always cooked and presented perfectly. Just last night I had the most wonderful seafood starter followed by venison. Thinking about it makes me glad we're already booked to return in April. Equally impressive is the breakfast, a wide choice of pastries, cereals and fruits in addition to the incredible full Scottish cooked offering. Obviously the cooked is the highlight of the lot! Right on the doorstep there are more things to see and do than I could list here. A ten minute drive to Red Point beach, reputedly one of the Queen's favourites, the gardens at Inverewe, the perfumery and cafe at Aultbea (where the gorgeous breakfast black pudding is made) and the stunning drive to Applecross are all on the doorstep. If you're undecided on which hotel to book for your visit to the west highlands then I suggest you go and meet Ismet, Lisa and the team at Shieldaig Lodge. You'll love it!


We stayed over the Christmas period - 4 nights. Our trip North was good, even on the single track road nearer the Lodge. Amazing scenery. On arriving at the Hotel we immediately felt in a Christmas mood - Christmas tree in the hall, "Santa stop her" sign on the door and the very majestic staircase decorated in lights, baubles and holly - as indeed was the rest of the Lodge. Tastefully done. Cosy and warm. We were with 2 friends and we had booked rooms with a loch view - wonderful views of lawn, down to the sea and the herons, seals and various other birds. A warm room with very comfortable bed. A mix of old and new furniture with very striking lighting features - as there were in all the public rooms. Lots of hot water. We ate dinner every evening - Christmas day was a late lunch and a buffet in the evening which was a great idea. The food was very good with a great local produce content. Desserts were amazing. Breakfasts were excellent with a great choice of hot and cold. The bar offers a great range of whisky and gin - and a warming open fire. The lounge was warm and welcoming with an open log fire and a good range of seating and here we had afternoon tea - pies, cakes, meringues..... very good indeed. We took advantage of the snooker room as our after dinner exercise. Great fun. Wonderful walks all around the hotel - we walked to Badachro and on Boxing day we walked to the crashed bomber up on the hill. An excellent walk if quite demanding on rocky terrain, well worth the effort. Quite emotional to see the list of victims. During our stay the staff were friendly, helpful, efficient and professional. All in all we had a wonderful Christmas and would certainly recommend this hotel/lodge to our friends. We hope to return.


My wife and I had the great fortune of staying at the Shieldaig Lodge in the summer of 2017. We found the lodge on the internet and took a chance. It is an old hunting lodge of the Shieldaig estate (Gairloch) that is located on the foot of an ocean Loch. It is in fantastic condition and located in A highland area that has much to offer. Gairloch and Poolewe have great small village charm and real Scots live there. We attended a caleigh in Poole that was a lifetime memory with the music, dancing, tea and cakes. Such warm and welcoming people. All ages and no previous dancing experience is necessary. The lodge has approx a dozen rooms, fantastic dining and the most welcoming and friendly staff. We got to know the staff that are mostly locals from the wait staff, bar staff, manager, gardeners, and falconer. Yes, they have a falconry on site and you can have a handling experience with Garith. I fell in love with a young barn owl that we flew on the estate. Also, shooting, stalking (deer observing) fishing (lake or ocean) and hiking is available. The Fairey Loch hike is very good. The trail head is on the property and crosses mores on the way to small upland lakes ( approx 2 miles max) where there is a memorial at the site of a WWII era B25 bomber that crashed while on the way home. Very moving. The terrain is spectacular with inspiring ocean/loch views. Here the war was very close to these people and country. I highly recommend this lodge for a very memorable get-away where you get to experience Highlander charm and hospitality in a setting that dates back to the Scottish great estate era.


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Shieldaig. A former Victorian hunting lodge, the Shieldaig is a fine building in a wonderful setting right on the waters of Loch Gairloch. The place has a traditional feel, both in its decoration and in its service, which was no bad thing. Staff are extremely polite and well-turned out with in formal attire and the place has a fair few antiques (though it could always do with more), a traditional snooker and pool room, a bar and a traditional dining room. It was here, that we enjoyed the best that the Shieldaig can offer. With excellent table service we enjoyed a three course meal cooked by their French head chef featuring homemade bread, an aubergine and smoked duck canape, hot salmon tartare, venison and beef stovies, and chocolate torte among other things. This was all washed down with some very drinkable red wines. Breakfast was just as good, featuring a full Scottish breakfast including haggis and tattie scone. The room was also very pleasant, with some complimentary homemade shortbread and a decent bathroom. My only complaint would be that the bed was a touch small. Also, the place needs more tasteful old clutter to add to that old world feel. Aside from that, keep doing what you're doing Shieldaig, you offer something special compared to B&Bs and modern hotels.


A fabulous charming period hunting lodge. From the moment you step inside you feel at home in this splendid accommodation. The staff are so helpful and don't hesitate to meet your needs. The lodge bar has an amazing selection of whisky and gin, or a cuppa if you wish. The quiet library and lounge, with roaring fire, offer tranquil escape with amazing views over the Loch and comfortable stylish decor. The pool room offers a full size billiards table for a relaxing afternoon of snooker or billiards. Easy to while away the hours. Our room was the family room. Very spacious with a super king bed, rollaway bed for our son (the only uncomfortable part of the stay - my son ended up sleeping on the sofa in the room, that was larger and heaps more comfortable than the roll a way) and plenty of room for a large lounge, occasional chairs, plus all our suitcases. The room was very tastefully and comfortably decorated in the hunting lodge style. We chose to dine in their dining room, they offer a 3 course dinner, with choice. The food was delicious and the dining room is intimate, also with a view to the Loch. A superb stay.


Having stayed here previously in the summer we were pleasantly surprised that when we decided to take a last minute Hogmanay break that there was availability. Initially we had some reservations about spending our New Year's Eve with a group of 6 other couples who we didn't know but these fears were soon put to rest. Ismet the manager and his team try hard to make you feel your enjoying a personal house party in a very beautiful part of Scotland, coupled with lovely food and a relaxed atmosphere. We wished we could have stayed longer as the weather was amazing, crisp and clear. This small hotel is a traditional gem in a stunning part of Scotland with a small but perfectly formed bar which has a huge array of gins and whiskeys on offer to tempt all visitors. Shieldaig Lodge has a small hotel team who deserve prise for making our visit so memorable, well done Charmaine, Alastair,Lisa, Ewan & our chef (who should have been brought out to meet us, however reserved)! We will return again soon.


Beautifully restored hunting lodge. Spacious rooms featuring traditional style, elegant furniture. Our room overlooked Loch Gairloch. Dining was elegant, traditional and creative, overall outstanding cuisine. Incredible selection of Scotch whiskey and beautiful lounge to sit, chat with other guests, and enjoy the ambience. The summit of our experience in the Highlands. We stayed there only one night, but will return. Lots to do at the Lodge's estate and environs.


Shieldaig Lodge is fantastic....relaxing, comfortable, friendly, great food and service....Thanks to Ismet and his ‘Team'. We also had beautiful weather which allowed us to have a lovely walk to the Fairy Lochs and Crash Bomber sight which was very moving. This was our 2nd visit to Shieldaig Lodge and we enjoyed it even more than our 1st visit, so we booked a 3rd visit before leaving.


We've just returned from a wonderful weekend break at this hotel. The location is stunning with beautiful sea views with an abundance of wildlife to see. The hotel is very comfy with beautiful furniture/decor. The staff were very attentive and the food first class. We cannot fault this hotel in any way and will hopefully return some day. Thank you

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Facilities & information


Child friendly

4 Star Official Rating


Free broadband access (wifi)

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports


Pool/snooker table

Room Service & Food/Drink


Archery, Crossbows


Horse Riding, Equestrian

Sailing, boating, cruises, yachts

Water sports

Wildlife, bird watching

Recommended walks

Golf course (walking distance)

Extra info

Nearest Airport: Inverness
Nearest Airport Time: 1 hours 43 minutes

Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 75
Nearest Train Station: Achnasheen
Nearest Railway Time: 40 minutes

Nearest Railway Distance: 28
Vendor Accreditation: Editor's Choice for Good Hotel Guide 2018
Number of rooms: 12
Single room price from: £95.00
Single room price to: £150.00
Double twin room price from: £130.00
Double twin room price to: £300.00
Suite room price from: £250.00
Suite room price to: £350.00

Arrival information & directions

Address: Gairloch, Argyll & Bute, GairlochIV21 2AN, United Kingdom



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