The Moor of Rannoch Hotel is situated beside Rannoch Station on the West Highland Line. Surrounding the hotel is the rugged landscape of Rannoch Moor covering some 130km2. Often described as one of the last true wildernesses in Europe, the area is a vast stretch of land composed of blanket bog, lochans, rivers and rocky outcrops.
The hotel is a warm cosy retreat offering a chance to relax, unwind & recharge. It is perfect for those wishing a haven from the fast paced modern world or equally adventurous explorers keen to sample this unique part of the Scottish landscape.
We do not have any TV’s or internet access in the hotel and there are no phones in the guest rooms. Mobile phone reception also varies from very poor to non existent. To make up for this we have a large selection of books, games and jigsaws and the lounges feature open fires and wood burning stoves. There is also a good range of Malt Whisky to help pass the evenings.
The hotel dates from the 1890’s when the engineers who were carrying out a survey on the proposed route of the West Highland Railway Line got lost on their expedition across Rannoch Moor. Luckily they were rescued from the moor and the hotel was built to provide shelter and accommodation during the construction of the line. The West Highland Railway Line opened in 1894, at over 100 miles in length it was the largest section of railway ever to be opened. Much of the route across the Moor had to be floated on a bed of brushwood and ash and today’s trains are restricted in their speed to protect the track bed.
Today Rannoch Station continues to be one of the remotest stations on the network. However regular connections between Mallaig, Fort William, Glasgow & London make it a popular spot for those wishing to explore Rannoch Moor. A gentle stroll to the beach at Loch Laidon, a cycle around Loch Rannoch or a day climbing Munroe’s (Scottish Mountains over 3000ft) there is something for everyone to experience.