THE DROVERS INN
Due to wet weather & strong winds we were deterred from visiting Iona, the island of the tip of the Isle of Mull in Scotland, and made a dash for the Drovers Inn – a ferry trip and about one hour from Inverarnan. What a treat we were in for. It is the oldest inn in the UK that was built in 1705 and is still functioning as an inn. In the middle of a National Park, you travel down a picturesque road (perfectly timed for us at dusk) and see this amazing beacon of warm light in the distance, making you think of comfort, soup and red wine. Which I\’m sure is what comes to mind for the predominant visitors to the inn, hikers exploring the surrounding mountains and lochs.
There are boxes upon boxes upon boxes of taxidermy and mounted specimens coming from http://hicallyslot.org/ the wall and ceiling and every which way direction. There were many small rooms off the reception area, my favourite had a fox door knocker on the door and opens to the bar. Bar staff are amazing, wine list is awesome and food is good & honest. Everyone is chatty and talking about the day\’s hike, where they\’ve been and where they are going next. Oil paintings are clustered together as you go up the stairs to bed. If you imagine this place in your mind – it is that good.
There is a train station nearby so you don\’t have to drive. Secretly pleased we missed out on Iona so we got to see the Drovers Inn!