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A whimsical country lodge
in the magnificence of nature

The Whispering Pine Lodge is a tranquil Highland retreat set against a backdrop of steep forested mountains on the banks of Loch Lochy. Enjoy the surrounding beauty as you stroll down the garden pathways to our own private pebbled beach. With an enviable location, just a short drive away from the town of Fort William, the Lodge is a perfect point for touring the Highlands. Once a hunting lodge, the hotel has been refurbished with a whimsical, eclectic decor yet keeping alive its riverside history.

Accommodation

Our eclectic characterful rooms imbibe a fresh look at traditional Highland style. The interiors retain many of its period features such as cornices, alcoves, windows and fireplaces and we have added a mix of Victorian antique furniture. All our rooms either face the unspoilt hillside views or are overlooking the spectacular Loch Lochy alongside the majestic Great Glens.

All interior images are for reference only – actual photographs will be uploaded shortly when the hotel renovations are completed.

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.

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Dining


The Burns Bar is a homage to Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. It is a great spot to enjoy a drink by the crackling fire in an old world setting.


The Restaurant is a charming place with huge picture windows, an outdoor deck and is perfect for a view of the lakefront to watch the sunset.  Local fresh fish, seafood and classic regional cuisines are prepared with an innovative twist using seasonal produce and local ingredients.

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 Whispering Pine Lodge

The Whispering Pine Lodge was originally a hunting lodge built in the 1800’s when the clan of MacMartins of Letterfinlay owned the land.

It became a hotel in the mid 1900s and was known as Letterfinlay Lodge. After several additions and renovations, Letterfinlay Lodge gained popularity amongst visitors from England and Germany, who would come from afar to spend time hunting and fishing. Its picturesque gardens overlooking Loch Lochy, was an ideal place for guests to enjoy Highlands country life, and hence developed a reputation for exquisite cuisine at elaborate dinner parties.

It was this hospitality and location that attracted in a host of celebrities, including Hollywood’s Burt Lancaster, during the filming of “Local Hero,” and Stéphane Grappelli, a Frenchman often referred to as the grandfather of jazz violinists.

The Macmartins were a “sept” (special division) of the Cameron Clan whose rich history includes the mysterious disappearance of six caskets of Spanish gold. According to local folklore, this gold is rumored to be hidden (still waiting to be discovered) in the caves and bothies around Loch Lochy today.

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!

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