The Whitebridge Hotel, Whitebridge, Stratherrick, Inverness-shire


The Whitebridge Hotel is a charming, homely and stylish Highland bolthole on the south shore of Loch Ness, around eight miles from Fort Augustus.


The two-star hotel has 12 en-suite bedrooms. The rooms are comfortable and individual, with some nice design touches – ours had an unusual table made of three classic old suitcases, which I've never seen before. The bed was big and comfy too.


The hotel serves traditional pub favourites in the cosy bar such as fish and chips, macaroni and cheese and, for the vegetarians, sweet potato, spinach and chick pea curry. I had the the steak and ale pie, which was up there with the best I've ever had, with the beef falling apart on my fork and the veg was crisp and fresh. My wife had a burger special. Both were top notch. Breakfast is served in an airy dining room and includes continental and traditional cooked Scottish fare. All food is home-made at the hotel.

There is a good range of beers, including West and beers from local breweries such as the Cairngorm, Cromarty and Loch Ness breweries.

The staff take coronavirus rules seriously, and wear masks and visors. Seats and tables are well spaced and there are plenty of hand sanitising stations.


You are spoilt for choice for outdoor activities such as walking, fishing, hunting and exploring the south side of Loch Ness. We walked down to Foyers, which was a pleasant stroll of around three miles along farm roads, and forestry tracks to see the famous waterfall at Foyers, once known as Eas na Smùide, or the Smoking Falls. Eminent visitors included Dr Johnson, James Boswell, the Wordsworths, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and JMW Turner. Once the Falls were a destination on the ‘Scottish Romantic tour’. Robert Burns described it described as a “horrid caldron” and “dim-seen through rising mists” when he visited in 1787.


There are quirky touches throughout the hotel, with lots of unusual objet d'arts scattered here and there to grab your attention such as old cigar boxes, photos and vintage mirrors. There are two outdoor seating areas to watch the world go by. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and were all Scottish and more than happy to suggest local sights and attractions.


The Whitebridge is on the site of a former British Army King's House, where General Wade's troops were stationed to build a network of roads across the Highlands to stop any further Jacobite rebellions. A five-minute walk from the hotel takes you to the White Bridge – a hump back bridge, built in 1732, which pedestrians can still use to cross the River Fechlin. Say hello to the red squirrel that has made the trees in the riverside its home. The South Loch Ness trail, which is is 37 miles long and runs from the outskirts of Torbreck to Fort Augustus, passes through the village, which is more of a clachan really. If you get bored of all the peace and quiet Inverness is less than 30 (at times single-track) miles away if you fancy a day at the shops, but why would you?

Garry Scott

A double or twin rooms costs £90 per night per room bed and breakfast and a family room is £130. Stay for at least two nights in November and get 30% off by quoting Autumn30.