King's House Hotel

(Kings House Hotel)

An old coaching inn situated in a remote location by the A82 Trunk Road between Glen Coe and the Rannoch Moor, the King's House Hotel was built in the mid-18th century for the accommodation of government troops (hence King's House) but later became a popular stopping-off point on the route from Glasgow to Fort William. Dorothy Wordsworth visited with her brother, William, on 3rd September 1803 and was unimpressed, writing in her journal:

"Never did I see such a miserable, such a wretched place - long rooms with ranges of beds, no other furniture except benches, or perhaps one or two crazy chairs, the floors far dirtier than an ordinary house could be if it were never washed. With length of time the fire was kindled and after another hour of waiting, supper came, a shoulder of mutton so hard that it was impossible to chew the little flesh that might have been scraped off the bones."

In the early years of the 20th Century, the inn provided refreshment to the labourers responsible for building the Blackwater Reservoir. It was extended in the early 1960s, but this extension was demolished in 2017 and a major redevelopment undertaken despite objections from the John Muir Trust based on potential impact on the surrounding scenic and wilderness area. Now owned by the neighbouring Black Corries Estate, the King's House Hotel remains popular with hill-walkers and passing tourists and now includes 57 bedrooms, a bunkhouse, fine-dining restaurant and a bar.

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