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History

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. The 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.

There’s the tale of the mysterious disappearance of six caskets of gold sent by the Spanish to finance Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Jacobite rebellion. This gold is rumored to be hidden (still waiting to be discovered) somewhere in the forest 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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