The Taynuilt Hotel is set in a village around nine miles from Oban – perfect for a stop off if you’re exploring the coast or islands. This is a small independently run establishment where Scottish hospitality is front and centre.
We were welcomed warmly at the small reception area; to our left was Etive, a 2 AA star rosette restaurant and one of the main attractions of visiting the hotel. The chef patron John McNulty takes pride in butchering his own meat, smoking his own fish, and foraging in the local area. David, his partner in the operation, is your knowledgable maître d’ and sommelier during your stay – you can read our full feature on Etive here.
To the right is the comfortable bar area which also serves food – the menu includes comforting favourites such as fish and chips as well as an excellent range of whisky, a point of distinction which the hotel prides itself on, and a nice selection of local craft beers.
The snug beyond hosts small events such as whisky tasting. We were fortunate as The Balvenie were hosting a tasting on the evening we were there and we got the opportunity to join in. One of the highlights of our stay was meeting and chatting with locals, and if you’re visiting Scotland as a tourist, this is one good reason to stay at The Taynuilt – lots of local Scottish folk to mingle with.
We were shown to our room which was the suite. It was nicely presented in a nautical theme and featuring a large comfortable bed, flatscreen TV on the wall, and a dressing area.
There were tea and coffee making facilities as well as a few biscuits. The highlight was the suite’s private sun terrace, and a small fridge with a couple of bottles of cold beer – a nice touch.
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After a very peaceful night’s sleep, helped along by the whisky, we returned to Etive for breakfast.
There was a menu waiting for us with a Scottish flavour. We both went for the full breakfast which was offered with eggs however we liked them.
The breakfast got a bit of stick on Instagram when I posted the picture, but everything tasted good, and while two rashers of bacon would have been better, I personally felt very satisfied by the portion size.
The Local Area
The area surrounding The Taynuilt Hotel is beautuful, well worth exploring. Here are a few photos we took during our trip.
The Taynuilt Hotel
Location: The Taynuilt Etive, Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1JN
Rating Three Star
Price: One night DBB from £169
Facilities: Restaurant, Bar, Wifi, Free Parking
Family Friendly: More suited to adults
Selling Points: Great stop off point between Edinburgh/Glasgow and Oban/Islands, excellent dining options
Things To Know: Good Scottish hospitality with a focus on local food and drink, perfect for tourists