About The Altnacealgach Motel
Where to find us and accommodation details
Where to find The Altnacealgach Motel
To find us, please use our postcode which is IV27 4HF.
If you are travelling from the Ullapool or Lochinver direction, we are 1.5 miles east along the A837 from Ledmore Junction (there are signs for the motel at the junction).
If you are travelling from the Lairg direction, we are on the A837. You will pass through Rosehall and then the Oykel Bridge, after which there are two cattle grids – we are on the right one mile after the second cattle grid.
If you are using the what3words app, then our entrance is inert.dish.exclaim.
Our Self Catering Rooms
All of our bedrooms have been refurbished in 2020. Each room has memory foam mattresses, as well as a seating area with flat screen TV and a fully equipped kitchenette. We use only 300 TC linen for a luxury feel. The upgraded rooms can be viewed in our gallery.
Unfortunately due to the amount of damage done in the rooms so far this season, we have sadly decided that we will no longer accept dogs in the Motel.
Don’t Want to Self-Cater?
Next door to the Motel is the Altnacealgach Inn, where after a long day you can relax, have a drink and a meal whilst taking in the view of Loch Borralan and Cul Mor from the conservatory. We serve evening meals and breakfast in the Inn every day. The evening menu changes daily and we cater for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.
A little about the Motel's history
The traceable history of The Altnacealgach Motel goes back to the Victorian era!
The Altnacealgach Inn, a coaching inn and fishing lodge (which stood on the site of the Altnacealgach Motel until 1986), was mentioned in the book ‘Wanderings by Lochs and Streams of Assynt and the North Highlands of Scotland’, written by J Hicks in 1855. In Chapter 11 the Altnacealgach Inn is referred to as ‘the most convenient resting-place for the angler wishing to fish the lochs of Assynt’. It may have been over 160 years ago, but the same is still true today!
The Altnacealgach Inn, mentioned in that book stood on the same site until a catastrophic fire in 1986. Following the fire, an old barn which still stood on the land was converted to an inn and restaurant, whilst the motel was built as a brand new self-contained block on the adjacent land.
The Altnacealgach Motel opened for business in 1986 and has continued to provide high quality, self-catering accommodation to the present date.
An Amazing History….and looking forward to the future!
We (Craig and Sue) had been to Scotland many times over the years, but having completed the NC500 in 2016 and then again in 2017 decided that we wanted to move here! We found the Altnacealgach Motel in August 2017 and knew we had found ‘the place’!
We went back to England, sold the house, quit our jobs and, well, the rest is history!
Having bought the Motel we set about refurbishing the rooms and facilities, which is an ongoing process! We love living here and running the Motel and hope you will enjoy your stay with us!
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