The Cluanie Inn will open early August 2019….
but the Cluanie Bar & Grill is now OPEN!
Tel: +44 1320 340238
The Cluanie Inn is in an enviable location on the route to Isle of Skye. It’s the perfect place to pull over, for filling fuel at our petrol station and grabbing a delicious hearty meal at the Cluanie Bar and Grill. (TripAdvisor Review )
The Cluanie Bar and Grill serves mountain inspired cuisine, a menu of impressive hearty classics like burgers, ribs and steaks, and international favourites in a lively and casual ambience where travellers and locals gather to enjoy the well-stocked bar and vintage inspired cocktails.
The Cluanie Dining Room is surrounded by panoramic windows overlooking the views of the glens. An ideal venue to indulge in a delightful three course meal, the menu is an eclectic blend of American, Indian and Scottish cuisines.
A walker’s retreat set in unrivalled beauty
Our ‘Mountain Cottage’ style rooms have a warmth and simplicity that make it cozy and inviting especially after a day of exploring. This Prairie inspired décor with plank wood flooring, rustic wooden furniture and a touch of Highland tartan is an attempt to recreate the spirit of the Drovers who roamed these mountains. All of the Glen-View Rooms have natural beauty just outside their windows, so gaze out and lose yourself in the scenery.
Our suites are individually designed and the most luxurious of all the rooms. Each one is unique in style with a king size or four-poster bed, a view of the loch, lawns or mountains. The ensuite bathrooms have walk-in showers and bathtubs, some with jacuzzi baths and some with saunas.
Services & Amenities
- Complimentary breakfast
- Luxurious goose down duvets and pillows
- Soft white cotton linen
- Credit cards accepted
- Family rooms available
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access
- Non-smoking property
- Pet friendly hotel
- TV – LED flat screen HD
- Accessible rooms and facilities
- Drying room facility
- Pick up and drop to hiking locations
- Ensuite rooms with fluffy towels, bathrobes, bedroom slippers and hair dryers
- Souvenir and gift shop
- Iron and ironing board
- Electronic safe
- Tea and coffee hospitality tray
History of the Cluanie Inn
The Cluanie Inn has been serving the traveller for over 100 years. Once known as “Rhiabuie,” The Cluanie Inn started in 1787 as an isolated staging post built on the instructions of MacDonnell of Glen Moriston. This original 2 storey-3 bay house was associated with the coming of improved routes through the Glen.
In the 18th century, such inns were referred to as ”Kinghouses,” as they were situated on the newly built King’s Highway. The inns were set up with co-operation between the government and the landowner, and were built for both the construction crews and the local people.
After the Union of 1603 and the Free Trade Agreement of 1607 between Scotland and England, which was only implemented 100 years later due to much resistance in the parliament, trade between the countries began to flourish. By the 1750’s, Scotland was seen as England’s pastures and the land around The Cluanie Inn became Highland ‘drover’ country filled with skilled men who moved hordes of cattle and sheep over the Highlands landscape.
Lying between Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye, The Cluanie Inn has also seen history in the making during the turbulent years of the Jacobite risings.
To the West of the Inn at the “Bridge of the Spaniards” in Glen Shiel, a bloody battle was fought in 1719 between troops of England’s King George and the Jacobites, who were supported by Spanish troops who landed at Eilean Donan Castle. It is believed that some Jacobites, after their subsequent surrender, hid at The Cluanie Inn but were eventually captured.
The Cluanie Inn is an ordinary dwelling that has stood strong through its past glories. Its rustic design reflects the regional identity of the Highlands.
We believe the weariest of hearts will be restored when you spend time at any of our Black Sheep Hotels.
Only once you witness its wonders, will you come to believe in the magic of the Highlands of Scotland!