The Cuilfail Hotel
Nestling at the foot of rolling hills close to the shores of Loch Melfort and dating from 1840, Cuilfail Hotel is a splendid former coaching inn, one of the oldest hotels on the west coast. Part of the hotel was originally an old drovers’ inn, however the majority of the hotel was built during the Victorian era and many features of that period have been preserved. The name Cuilfail (pronounced “cool-fail”) in Gaelic appropriately means “Sheltered Corner”.
The main part of the hotel was built onto an old drovers inn in the 1870's, the drovers inn is much older and is now our cosy and unique bar. The hotel was built to provide for the fishing in the many hill lochs of the area and retains many of its original Victorian features.
A magnificent Virginia creeper bedecks the hotel building with quite amazing colour for most of the summer and autumn months. As soon as you enter this charming little hotel you will be struck by its homely highland feel. This rather infectious highland ambience provides a superbly stress-free, unhurried environment.
For the owners Yvonne and Simon Fletcher, good home made Scottish food using local ingredients wherever possible is very important, for example venison, Chef's own Steak & Ale Pie, made with prime Scotch Beef and local Seafood is always on the Menu.
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Recorded in CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors
The Cuilfail Hotel Bar interior is considered of national importance