Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro

Small Hotel

Bridge Of Awe, Nr. Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1HT

    Warm, welcome, friendly hospitality, family owned country Hotel & Bistro, quietly set in three and a half acres of landscaped gardens in the shadows of Ben Cruachan. Ideal base for touring Highlands & Islands, Perthshire, Argyll & Glasgow.

    Warm, welcome, friendly hospitality is offered in this family owned and operated country Hotel & Bistro recently refurbished and quietly set in three and a half acres of landscaped gardens in the shadows of Ben Cruachan at the foot of the historic Brander Pass.

    We have 21 rooms all with new ensuite facilities compiling a combination of singles, twins, doubles and two, two roomed family rooms. All rooms are minimalistic and have ensuite, tea making facilities, TV and furnished with quality Egyptian cotton bedding, plump pillows and cosy duvets decorated in plain white with burgundy carpet & drapes. Our comfortable bar offers a wide range of Malt Whisky's and other spirits, liqueurs and beers with an adjoining games room for pool and darts.

    Our Bistro has a delightful range of fresh locally sourced fish and meat dishes served in ambient atmosphere.

    Come see what we can offer we are sure you will be delighted with our home away from home atmosphere and comfort.

    Walkers, cyclists, Motor cylists, anglers, general travellers and contractors are all warmly welcomed with ample parking and enclosed rear garden ideal for secure helicopter landings

    We welcome non residents for food and refreshments all day every day.

    2 Small Hotel
    Cyclists Welcome Walkers Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Bistro Opening Times 11am - 10pm also available for breakfast 7am to 9am weekdays and 7.30 to 10am weekends. Times outside of these by prior arrangement.

    Bar available 11am until Midnight depending on demand.

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Double Room Ensuite
    £100.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Double Room Ensuite (Single Occupancy)
    £75.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Family Room Ensuite
    £120.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Family Room Ensuite (2/3 Occupancy)
    £130.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Single Room Ensuite
    £75.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Twin Room Ensuite
    £100.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Twin Room Ensuite (Single Occupancy)
    £75.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Chalet Well appointed fully serviced three bedroom Chalet in front gardens for self catering or could be caterered for in Hotel.
    • Hotel Breaks
    • Seasonal Breaks Long stays welcomed
    • Self Catering Holiday In three Bedroom fully serviced Chalet in Front Garden.


    • Baby Listening/Sitting Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Cot Available with full bedding .
    • Highchair Available
    • Indoor Play Area Toys available in the Hotel Lounge.
    • Outdoor Play Area Secured Garden for outdoor play with Garden Center next door with playground for guests.


    • Disabled Access One disabled bedroom with equiped wetroom for shower, doors widened for wheelchair access.
    • Fax/Email Facilities
    • Internet Access Limited to public areas at present.
    • No Smoking Permitted Guests requested not to smoke in any bedrooms please for the comfort of all guests.
    • Open To Non Residents
    • Picnic Area
    • Porterage Friendly local staff will assist with luggage at anytime.
    • Room Service Available Available for drinks and food up until 9pm.
    • Smoking Restricted Smoking restricted to outside at all times, a covered area available at rear of Hotel with seats.

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player Built into each TV
    • Garden Three and a half acres of landscaped gardens.
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities Pool table & darts in bar
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • TV In Room Limited to BBC
    • TV Lounge Freeview TV available in bar
    • Television Due to reception problems limited to BBC only
    • WiFi Available in Public areas only at present.

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • BACS
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Electron
    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • PayPal
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • Traveler's Cheques
    • VISA Card


    • 24hr Help Link Will collect from local Taynuilt Railway Station and or bus stop. Will transport to and from Glasgow Airport on prior arrangement well in advance.
    • Airport Transport Supplied Can be arranged for taxis from and to Glasgow.
    • Bike Storage Available
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route Main Bus and Rail Route Glasgow to Oban.
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Bar Available Bar Food available all day until 10pm.
    • Breakfast Available Breakfast offers an extensive range of self service cereals, fruit, yogurt, croisants and juices with a good range of cooked options orders taken at tables along with table servive of tea/coffee & toast.
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Restaurant dining room available all day for breakfasts and then Bistro meals 11am to 10pm daily. Summer time morning and afternoon teas available.
    • Dairy Free The Chef's and waiting staff cater for all diety requirements including Dairy Free however prior notification is appreciated.
    • Dinner Available Our Bistro menu featuring locally sourced produce is available everyday 11am to 10pm covering lunch and dinner all prepared fresh to order.
    • Evening Meal Available Until 10pm
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License The Hotel is fully Licensed for Alcohol service both inside and in the attractive garden at the rare of the building which is south facing.
    • Gluten Free Catered for on prior notification where possible.
    • Licensed Bar / Clubroom We have one bar well stocked with a variety of tap beers, bottled beers, spirits, a wide range of Malt Whiskys and good selection of softdrinks and mixers. The wine list has a good selection of world wines at reasonable prices supplied by Forth Wines.
    • Lunch Available From 11am food available Bistro menu all day until 10pm.
    • Nut Free Meals Any diety requirements are catered for including Nut Free Meals.
    • Patio/Beer Garden Lovely Garden area outside at rear of the premises for relaxing, drinking and eating weather permitting.
    • Restaurant
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop Limited shopping available in Taynuilt Village 2 miles up the road.
    • Snack Bar All day 11am to 10pm
    • Tea & Coffee Available A range of tea's and coffee's are available all day.
    • Vegan Meals Available Vegan meals will be catered for but would require in order for a selection to be advised the day before where possible. We do not carry completely dairy free products in quantity due to minimal requirements.
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Bath Ensuite
    • Drying Facilities
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available One in each Room
    • Heating Throughout Property Electric heating throughout the hotel.
    • Indoor Drying Facility Boiler Room with drying facilities for outdoor clothing and boots.
    • Ironing Facilities By request
    • Laundry Service Available Upon request.
    • Lounge
    • Microwave Upon request
    • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove In Hotel Lounge for those cosy Winter Nights.
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Private Bathroom All rooms have ensuite however although baths are in every room, until we can finish our planned refurbishment not all rooms have showers.
    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Shower Showers in most rooms, bath where shower not available.
    • Shower Ensuite
    • Telephone
    • Toilets
    • Towels Provided
    • WC EnSuite

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Beauty Treatments Beauty Therapist available upon prior appointment in our small but pleasant Therapy Room. Massages, Facials, Makeup, Nails, Lash Tints, Waxing etc.


    • Mountains area Under the shadow of Ben Cruachan the hollow mountain and within easy access of an aray of Scottish Bens.
    • Rural Location Two miles from nearest town and 15 miles south of Oban.

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families Two, two bedroomed family rooms avialable as well as a comfortably furnished three bedroom Chalet in the front grounds full serviced daily.
    • Groups Welcome
    • Hen/Stag Parties Welcome
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Unaccompanied Children
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Road Directions

    Take the A85 heading to Crianlarich travelling through Taynuilt we are two and a half miles future south and half a mile further on from Bridge of Awe past the service station and Camp ground at the top of the hill on the right 100 yards before the Garden center and we are easily identified by our sage green road signs replicating our logo.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- Take the A85 heading to Crianlarich travelling through Taynuilt we are two and a half miles future south and half a mile further on from Bridge of Awe past the service station and Camp ground at the top of the hill on the right 100 yards before the Garden center and we are easily identified by our sage green road signs replicating our logo.

    Getting there by railway:- Train to Crianlarich stop at Taynuilt and a phone call to the Hotel would see us drive the two and a half miles to come and collect you.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Glasgow Airport would require taxis, train, bus or car hire and head for Loch Lomond, Tarbet, Crianlarich then Oban. Drive through Loch Awe and the Brander Pass past Ben Cruachan Power Station and as the pass widens the road vias right away from the river and you come around a corner past the Garden Center up a slight rise and Brander Lodge Hotel and Bistro is on the left situated a distance from the road.

    Getting there by ferry:- From the Oban terminal take the A85 heading to Crianlarich travelling through Taynuilt we are two and a half miles future south and half a mile further on from Bridge of Awe past the service station and Camp ground at the top of the hill on the right 100 yards before the Garden center and we are easily identified by our sage green road signs replicating our logo.

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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by a ramp or lift :
      • from the entrance to reception
      • to a public toilet
      • to one or more bedrooms
      • to the bar
      • to the lounge

    General Questions

    • Proprietors/staff available 24-hours
    • Emergency evacuation procedures for the safe exit of guests with disabilities
    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room
    • Restaurant / breakfast / dining room provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • There are separate shower units:
      • fitted with support handrails
    • Bathrooms available with :
      • bath
      • bath with shower
      • level entry shower
    • WCs in bathrooms fitted with handrails available


    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

    Accommodation Special Offer
    Valid 20 Aug 2014 to 30 Nov 2014

    Why not come and visit Argyll in Summer & Autumn, the landscape changes from the lush green and florals of Summer  to colours of reds, yellows & golds, the mountain tops receive a sugar dusting of snow with a back drop of crisp blue skies combined with the lochs so still they act as perfect mirrors…. to help you enjoy your time we are offering reduced rates over the Summer & Autumn weekends for a three day stay so you can see what this beautiful area has to offer and just an hour and a half north of Glasgow.

    Check In Range: From 01/07/14 to 30/11/14 (inclusive) Valid for weekend stays of  Friday, Saturday, Sunday dependent on availability.
    Stay Duration: This discount offer is open to customers staying for 3 nights (inclusive) Double or twin. This is rewarded with a one night free discount, normally £300.00 offer price £250.00 and includes a complimentary bottle of House wine each night when dining. A Two night Weekend stay is rewarded with a two for one main course meal & complimentary bottle of house wine to accompany dinner on the first night.


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