Tigh Mor Trossachs

(Tigh Mor, Trossachs Hotel, Ardcheanochrochan)

A striking B-listed Gothic-Baronial edifice which was once the Trossachs Hotel on the northern shore of Loch Achray in Stirling, Tigh Mor Trossachs comprises private shared holiday apartments owned and managed by the Suffolk-based Holiday Property Bond.

The development comprises seventy-six furnished apartments and cottages, consisting of studios, together with properties with one, two and three bedrooms. There are twenty-eight apartments in the main building, a further sixteen terraced cottages and nineteen apartments in the grounds, along with an annexe containing nine apartments. A complex at the rear of the main building comprises two studios and two one-bedroom units. Facilities include a bistro and bar, shop, a well-stocked library and a fully-equipped leisure centre to the rear of the main block with a heated swimming pool, exercise room, sauna, solarium and steam room. In addition, there are table tennis and pool tables, snooker and billiards, indoor bowls and a dance floor. In the grounds there are three tennis courts, a barbecue area, children's playground, and golf practice area.

The Trossachs Hotel was built in 1849 on the site of a former inn known as Ardcheanochrochan. Its construction was a response to tourist interest in the area brought about by Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), who had based his Lady of the Lake in this area in 1810, and others of the Romantic Movement. It was the work of Peter Robert Drummond-Burrell, Lord Willoughby de Eresby of Drummond Castle (1782 - 1865), with advice from his architect G.P. Kennedy (1821-91).

The hotel was extended with an east wing in 1853 and a west wing was built in 1891. The result was an imposing building, of three storeys and an attic floor, constructed in sandstone rubble featuring crowstepped gables and round towers topped with soaring conical roofs. By the 1980s, the hotel was in a state of disrepair, with such extensive water that only six of the eighty bedrooms could be used. It was sold in the early 1990s and converted into holiday apartments, re-opening in 1993. This work included complete re-organisation of the interior, the demolition and rebuilding of the east wing (its original corner tower was retained), and a five-storey plus attic wing added to the west.

The hotel was featured in the 1959 film The Thirty Nine Steps.

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