The Strathcarron Hotel has had an interesting 150 year history.
When it opened on 19th August 1870 the Kyle Line only ran from Dingwall to Stromeferry. The hotel was built to create a demand for its services and for passengers to explore the Highlands. The section onto Kyle of Lochalsh was opened on 2nd November 1897. The line was nearly closed in 1963 because of Dr Beeching's recommendations, and then again in 1970, but was reprieved on both occasions.
When the railways were nationalised in 1948, the hotel became a British Transport Hotel, but with the decline of rail use, and preference for holidays abroad, the hotel was sold off in the 80's.
Today, the Kyle line is rightfully considered as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the World and the Strathcarron Hotel, a family run business, is as busy as ever and still attracts the traveler, although many more arrive by road than by the three or four daily scheduled services in each direction. The line also has occasional steam and Pullman excursions.
Although close to the railway line, there are only a handful of trains a day and you are unlikely to be disturbed in your sleep, although the absolute quiet interrupted only by the wildlife can be deafening!
Expect a warm welcome from the current owners. The two hand pumps offer rotating An Teallach and Orkney ales which are available all year round.