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The Holly Tree Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I booked the Holly Tree as a last minute deal for a couple of nights whilst touring the Highlands with my 12 year old daughter. I had hoped for a pretty castle type place but this was such a good deal I couldn’t ignore it. I am soooooo pleased I gave it a chance as I turned out to be way better. The front of the hotel doesn’t look that special but it sits right on the banks of a Loch. The restaurant has huge windows and a deck to give amazing views. All the rooms are on the back over the restaurant looking over the Loch. Opposite the Loch are mountains, in the morning the mist rising off is magical. The rooms are large, comfortable and modern. We looked at rooms in a castle type hotel when we were out 1 day and they were very shabby in comparison, plus the view was over the Car park - and it was more expensive! The restaurant is cosy and feels relaxed and yet the menu has a good range of A La Carte dishes developed from Scottish basics. The pool is in a large wooden cabin style extension so a little basic but it is a good size and warm, and an unusual addition for that level of hotel in that area. The atmosphere is great. It’s big enough to feel like a proper hotel rather than a B&B but the staff are all locals who personalise the service. My daughter has some special needs and they were very flexible in adapting around her. It’s a hotel that is relaxed enough for families but also cosy and romantic for couples. It’s an ideal location for touring the South Weatern Highlands. Couple of minutes from Glencoe (the most beautiful Glen) 20 mins from Ben Nevis (tallest mountain in UK) 40 mins from Glenfinnan (where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed and the Viaduct Bridge that the Hogwarts Express goes over in the Harry Potter movies). Half way (couple of hours very scenic drive) between Loch Ness and Glasgow, passing Loch Lomond. We flew into Inverness and hired a car. 10 minute drive to Loch Ness (boat rides, museum, restaurants and gift shops) then drove on to stay at the Holly Tree for 2 nights before driving onto Glasgow for a couple of nights and then Edinburgh is 1 hour drive from there.

Stunning views from every bedroom in this hotel. Staff were great too but it could have been so much better. Our bedroom was huge but the bed was very uncomfortable. Nothing a good mattress topper wouldn’t sort out. Nowadays instant coffee doesn’t cut it, a wee cafetière in the room would be better. Bathroom very nice (shower and bath). Breakfast was a good selection but every order was wrong and it was luke warm when we got it. As a party of 6 it would have taken too long to sort out so we didn’t say anything. Stornoway Black pudding so extra credit there. We ate at night and the food was good and decent portion size and prices. Didn’t try the pool but it looked very nice. In my opinion this could be a great hotel with a few wee tweaks

I don't know of any three star hotel that has large rooms, stunning views, a pool and room service. Stayed here for two nights and can't wait to have the chance to return. Breakfast was delicious and filling. Staff friendly and attentive. All this at a very affordable price.

Stopped for two nights as part of a longer getaway - was not disappointed. Stopped in sea view rooms looking over at stunning scenery. Rooms were fantastic and very spacious. Restaurant was fantastic for evening meals (the sea bass is a must!) and breakfast is good also! Will certainly be back in the new year!

Hotel is three star but honestly have stayed in guest houses that have far superior rooms, beds were comfortable but the shower being a disabled bathroom was uncomfortable - being at ground floor one can hear all that happens at nearby reception. Over all convenient for a quick stop over but needs upgrading !

Stayed here en route to Skye for our anniversary. Had a lovely room with a balcony on the 3rd floor overlooking the loch and mountains beyond. Dinner was great except for problems with an apparent stroppy chef who wouldn't serve us bread rolls! Excellent breakfast with a window to the Scottish world outside. Had the pool and sauna to ourselves for an hour until a very noisy young family infiltrated it. Great base for visiting the Glencoe mountain pass and/or the ski centre. I stayed at the hotel whilst working in the area which gave me the incentive to re book. I think its 3 star award is underrated and I would definitely return and recommend this dog friendly place staffed mainly by Eastern Europeans. Please have a word with Mr Chef though about duty of care and provision of bread rolls!

The hotel is wonderful and the views from the room simply stunning. The bar is well stocked with a great gin menu especially the Heather Rose gin which was yummy. We ate at the restaurant and I can't fault the food or the service. There are also great walks all around and access to the old railway trail just behind the hotel is perfect for cycling as it is tarmac'ed for miles and the views are perfect. We walked up to the view point, about a 10 mins to take in the sunset. The swimming pool will keep the kids entertained or they can go crabbing on the beach below. The staff were very friendly and we will definitely be back.

We stayed here as part of a tour and were greatly impressed by the location. Slightly out of the way but right on thr loch wth associated walking and biking trails. Great view from the attic room (no lift) small ish space but perfectly acceptable and a good bathroom. The meals were fine, may be not gourmet quality but tasty and nicely cooked and presented and who is not to like Scotch with your porridge at breakfast. All served in the dinning lounge area with large windows overlooking the loch -wonderful.

Lovely hotel, amazing location. I would suggest paying extra to get the captains room. You have a beautiful view and a room with a huge bed and a very good sized bathroom and balcony. The food was nice, not out of this world but average. The breakfast was average too. Bit disappointed to be fair.

Stayed one night and our room was fine, clean and quite modern, we booked a Loch view room as it was offered at a good discount - if I had paid full price I would have been disappointed. It’s by no means a 4 or 5 star hotel...but it is in a beautiful location. Broken beds under the stairs...strong smell of chlorine, cheap sofas squashed into a smallish lounge area and the food was rather average. Can’t help but feel the hotel needs a little more love and personal touches. Breakfast was again ok, but nothing special.

Kentallen Pier Appin Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Kentallen, The Holly Tree Hotel is within a 15-minute drive of Glen Coe Visitor Centre and Castle Stalker. This 20-room, 3-star hotel has an indoor pool along with free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Buchaille Etive Mor and The Ice Factor are also within a 30-minute drive.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite seafood restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


The 20 accommodations feature sitting areas. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and wired Internet, plus flat-screen TVs with digital channels and DVD players. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, phones, and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests staying at The Holly Tree Hotel enjoy an indoor pool, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a library, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Standard Room

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 910 reviews