Knockderry House and Loch Lomond Arms take national honours

Hotels in Cove and Luss won top national honours in this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards.

Knockderry House was named fine dining hotel of the year, while the Loch Lomond Arms was events hotel of the year.

The 14th annual Scottish Hotel Awards gala dinner took place at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow last night (Sunday), hosted by Carol Smilie.

Over 400 people celebrated the accomplishments of Scotland’s best hotels and hospitality professionals., which saw winners announced after a 12-month selection process.

Knockderry, which last year was named the most romantic hotel in Scotland, took the fine dining award this time, with reviewers praising striking architecture, adding: “In these spectacular surroundings, owners Beth and Murdo MacLeod have created an enviable country house hotel.

“Knockderry enjoys a great reputation for excellent food and drink sourced from quality local suppliers and dinner is served in the old wood-panelled dining room of the original house, which boasts glorious stained glass windows and a charming outlook over Loch Long.”

The Loch Lomond Arms received a gold award in the event section in 2016 and went one better this time.

Reviewers said it benefited from the dedication of ‘deeply rooted’ local owners the Colquhoun family, adding: “A stay here is a stay in one of the country’s most enhanced and well-managed country inns: one on the up.”

Staff at the Loch Lomond Arms were also honoured at the awards, with executive chef Alan McLaughlin, marketing manager Lottie Colquhoun and bar manager Graeme Gordon all receiving awards.