If you want luxury oozing from the turrets, a Scottish loch and a bit of bling, we may have found the castle just for you! I have driven the A9 from Perth to Inverness so many times, but never had a reason to stop at Pitlochry, when I have not had my mother in the car! I now do – to rest on the forested banks of Loch Faskally on the River Tummel.
I just love summer in Scotland, in fact I love any season in Scotland; they do say you can have all four seasons in one day and yes you can, even in the summer! This is what makes Scotland so adorable.
On the side of this Scottish loch, as you hear the wind whistle through the trees, an adorable transformation has taken place. This castle dates back to 1892 when it was originally built as a family home and once it was the grand Victorian baronial pile of the Sandeman port and sherry empire. Then between 1915 and 1918 the building served as a British Red Cross auxiliary hospital, caring for wounded soldiers. In 1946 the property was sold to become the unlikely headquarters of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, until in 2002 the Clark family bought it.
Jed Clark said:
“I decided to buy it on a whim, and it remained closed for a number of years, but when we couldn't find the perfect location for my daughter’s wedding we decided to renovate it for the occasion.”
It helps that the Clark family work in property development; what adds to the charm is that they have taken their time to develop Fonab Castle over a few years.
The hotel has 26 bedrooms, including 4 suites and a luxurious penthouse suite (a number of the rooms have stunning loch views). The hotel's brasserie and lounge also have outstanding vistas of the loch itself and Sandemans, the fine dining restaurant, is a tranquil setting for experiencing exquisite cuisine and fine wines. Fonab has been, without a doubt, a great addition for visitors to Pitlochry, Perthshire and Scotland.
Head Chef, Graham Harrower, presides over the dining at Fonab Castle, and his credentials are impeccable; previously he worked at The Langdale Estate in the Lake District, where he headed up four restaurants. He has previously worked in Scotland as a Commis Chef for Michelin-starred One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, and at Cromlix Country House Hotel, near Dunblane.
The bustling town of Pitlochry is one of the gateways to the Highlands of Scotland. It's a popular town with great scenery and the Edradour Distillery, world renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland and arguably the most unique.
Just off the main A9, it benefits from a lovely setting on the banks of the River Tummel, in the shadow of Ben Vrackie; stunning in the autumn, when the colours hit the trees.
Fonab Castle offers its lucky guests first-class luxurious accommodation, the finest Scottish culinary delights, striking views of the Highlands – and of course, an excellent range of malts for that after-dinner indulgence...do you need any more reasons to visit?!
If you like to pamper your pooch, you can even book them into one of Fonab's air-conditioned dog kennels!