As you drive your car up the winding driveway, the first thing you notice is a sense of peace. The Glenmorangie House sits amongst barley fields in Easter Ross, and it is clear that this was carefully planned by those who built it so many years ago. It’s not just a hotel; it’s more like an escape from modern life to something much simpler. You’ll notice as soon as you walk through the door that everything about this house has been thought out with quality and care – the furniture, fabrics, artwork on display…everything!
Come and see for yourself what we mean by ‘Tranquillity Restored’….we guarantee you a warm Highland welcome!
“If you are inclined to whisky, golf or nature, put Glenmorangie House on your bucket list. A stay at this decadent little inn is more than just an overnight accommodation—it is an invitation into the deep fold of whisky and authentic Scottish hospitality”
Katie Kelly Bell, Five Best Hotel Experiences 2016, Forbes.com
THE MORNING ROOM
This is where you and your fellow guests can enjoy cocktails and canapés before dinner and swap stories of the places, and Glenmorangie expressions, you have discovered that day. It’s where you settle down with a good book or a very, very good dram. And where we will bring you a mug of homemade soup and a round of sandwiches to get you ready for your Distillery tour, game of golf or wander along the beach to uncover Pictish wonders. Like every room in The House, it’s yours to do with as you please.
THE BUFFALO ROOM
By day, a cosy spot for coffee and relaxing. But this room really comes alive at night. Once you have had your fill of mouthwatering local food in the dining room, you can wander through to sit by a crackling fire. But it is not uncommon for the furniture to be pushed aside for an impromptu ceilidh, when local pipers and musicians join us for a foot stomping session. It is here you can try different Glenmorangie expressions with some new friends, in a truly timeless setting.
With grand, spacious rooms in the main house, and homely cottage abodes on the grounds, finding somewhere to relax is easy at Glenmorangie House. All of our rooms are fitted with luxury ensuite bathrooms. Plush bath robes, Arran Aromatic toiletries and a miniature Glenmorangie Original in every room are the little luxuries we are sure you will appreciate when you want to sit back and unwind. Each of our rooms provide Wi-Fi, an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, telephone, Bose speakers and facilities for making tea and coffee. All the rooms are discreetly and freshly turned down each night before you retire to your very own realm of peace and quiet.
Our bedrooms, in both the main house and cottages, give you an authentic taste of historic hospitality. The traditional Scottish décor with modern ensuite facilities, means you have the best of the old and the new, creating a tranquil space that feels at once like a luxury indulgence and a home away from home. After a sound night’s sleep, you can rise refreshed from your bed, to breathtaking views across the walled gardens out to sea.
THE DINING ROOM
As grand as any dining room in Scotland’s stately homes – you can see the history of The House, and Glenmorangie itself, around the walls. But our room has an intimate, welcoming atmosphere of its own, that is just perfect for sampling our chef’s award winning, locally sourced food. The long tables are designed for guests to sit together to enjoy the finest dining imaginable. Even the most weary of travellers quickly find themselves revelling in the convivial company.
Glenmorangie In Gaelic means ‘valley of tranquillity’ which perfectly describes our peaceful coastal setting. From the moment you crunch up the sweeping drive, and see our magnificent house, sitting right beside an ancient ruined castle, you know you are somewhere special. Our beautiful grounds mean the great outdoors are as much a part of your stay as the outstanding indoors.
A stroll around the immaculate lawns, the scents, smells and sounds of the countryside igniting your senses, is a perfect way to start or finish a day at Glenmorangie House. You can enjoy pre-dinner cocktails on the terrace or a contemplative after dinner dram as the sun sets.
THE WALLED KITCHEN GARDEN
This is where we grow the delicious herbs and vegetables that we use in our cooking, and the delightful flowers that make The House feel like a home. You can also explore a stunning dry stone wall art installation inspired by one of our whiskies, Glenmorangie Signet, or just sit back and enjoy the perfect stillness.
The 18th century dovecot stands in the rolling countryside between The House and the sea. Notable for the striking weather vane on the roof, this historic landmark reminds you that you are in an area where the past is all around you, giving you a real feel for what life here used to be like.
THE CADBOLL STONE
The surrounding area was the heartland of the Picts, and nothing symbolises this more than the incredible Hilton of Cadboll stone. Carved around 800 AD it now takes centre stage in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. However just a short walk along the beach from The House, local artist and sculptor Barry Grove has painstakingly recreated and reimagined the Stone. So you can still experience its beauty and mystery for yourself, right on the spot it was found. And the stone is lit up at night, dramatically bringing it to life with some of the original colours its Pictish creators would have used. Back at The House you will see our distinctive brand emblem on the wall, inspired by these ancient carvings.
A quick and easy walk from The House takes you to our very own beach. The rich, honeyed aroma of gorse gives way to the salt and the spray of the sea and you can literally walk for miles here and not see a soul. Or if you are feeling more energetic, some brave guests even take a dip in the North Sea on a morning, to blow away the cobwebs!
THE GREEN PATH
Many guests find an early morning walk down to the beach an irresistible start to the day. Especially as your stroll begins along this charming and picturesque tree lined avenue. It is also ideal for a gentle wander at night, and walking off that extra helping of sticky toffee pudding…
Dining at Glenmorangie House is an experience in itself. It’s an integral part of your stay and a real highlight for many guests. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all come with mouthwatering surprises, as new flavours and combinations mix with traditional Scottish favourites.
And we specialise in creating dishes that enhance the enjoyment of Glenmorangie single malt scotch whisky.
Our award-winning Head Chef, John Wilson, prides his team on using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, so you will enjoy the very best meat, seafood and vegetables from the surrounding area. From the wonders of a full Scottish breakfast to four and five course tasting menus featuring the likes of freshly caught lobster, venison and passion fruit tart drizzled in a sauce made with Glenmorangie 18 Years Old.
Guests eat together around the dining table and the incredible food is the touchstone on which new friendships are made. More often than not, the conversation (and the Glenmorangie single malt scotch) flows into the early hours.
OUR HEAD CHEF, JOHN WILSON
John’s 17 years of experience in hospitality started at the Crofter bar in Fort William, where he quickly rose to the position of Head Chef. He then moved on to Orocco Pier in South Queensferry, overseeing the Events kitchen. In 2007 John began working for the BBC in Glasgow, where he ensured that all casts, crews, journalists and guests were well fed and watered.
He then returned to Fort William to work as Head Chef at the Lime Tree, eventually joining us at Glenmorangie House as Sous Chef in 2012 before being promoted to Head Chef in 2016.
John is always keen to showcase what the Scottish Highlands has to offer, putting great emphasis on using the finest ingredients from local suppliers and producers. His work now focuses on developing food pairings and dishes that enhance the flavours of their paired expression.
In 1843, William Matheson founded the Glenmorangie Distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Inspired by the peaceful surroundings on the banks of the Dornoch Firth, he had a vision for a pioneering single malt whisky, made from three natural ingredients – water, barley and yeast.
At Glenmorangie we have always been dedicated to our craft, ceaselessly working towards our goal for single malt perfection. And to this day, we honour the Distillery’s roots in our award-winning single malt.
Distilled in Scotland’s tallest stills, matured in the finest casks and perfected by The Men of Tain – our whisky is exceptionally smooth and wonderfully complex and sure to delight whisky lovers for generations to come.
WHISKY TASTING WEEKENDS
When it comes to whisky, we are the best connected House you could possibly stay in. And throughout the year we host a number of very special Whisky Tasting Weekends. We can’t think of anything better than a whole weekend dedicated to drams, and whatever level of whisky enthusiast you are, you will definitely leave with some new favourites.
Here is what you can enjoy during one of our event weekends:
A two-night stay at Glenmorangie House
A tour of the world-famous Glenmorangie Distillery
The opportunity to sample blends and malts from our range of whiskies
Expert guidance on how to taste whisky
There are so many incredible Glenmorangie whiskies to try from our Core Range, Extra Matured Range, Private Edition Series, Prestige Range and our Legends Collection. So many varied aromas, tastes, finishes and mouthfeels to explore. You will find out much more about our expressions on your visit to The House and the Distillery.
The House and the Distillery are connected in so many ways. We are an embodiment of the Glenmorangie spirit and ethos, and in turn, the Distillery reflects our warm, welcoming hospitality. So we encourage all our guests to make a visit – after all, it is only 20 minutes away.
The highlight for many visitors is wandering amongst the giant copper stills. Others say that years later they can always recall the sweet malty aromas of the mash house. And the atmospheric traditional warehouse, filled floor to ceiling with barrels of slowly maturing Glenmorangie, sets you up perfectly for your trip to the tasting bar.