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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

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 to the rooms in previous seasons, we have sadly decided that we will no longer accept dogs in the Motel (either in the Motel or left in vehicles).

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!

Friends of the Altnacealgach Motel

Recommendations for local dining and other activities are listed below.


The Elphin Tea Rooms

Deli-ca-sea, Ullapool

Mac and Wild at the Falls of Shin

The Pier in Lairg

Activities in the Area

James Curley Fly Fishing

Hamlet Mountineering, Achiltibuie

Jan Kilpatrick Textile Artist and Teacher

Altnacealgach Motel Scotland Fishing
Loch Borralan, which is on our doorstep, is prolifically populated with Wild Trout and Arctic Char. Both bank and boat fishing is available, by fly and spinner.
Altnacealgach Motel Scotland NC500
The route of the NC500, Scotland’s answer to Route 66, is only a mile from the Altnacealgach Motel! It means we are the perfect place to stay and relax after a day on the roads.
Altnacealgach Motel Scotland Walking
With some of the oldest and best Hills in Britain Assynt is a walker’s paradise. From easy coastal strolls to munros and mountains - there is something for everyone!