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Drover's Inn (Inverarnan, Scotland)
Member Name: TheWiseMan
Drover's Inn (Inverarnan, Scotland)
Date: 31/12/10, updated on 08/01/11 (173 review reads)
Advantages: Nice bar area
Disadvantages: Too much clutter and stuffed animals
I had heard quite a lot about the Drover's Inn, which is situated just a short drive beyond the northern tip of Loch Lomond. We had informed the venue of our specific time of arrival well in advance and at the stated time myself and my partner entered within and made our way to the reception desk. My immediate impression was they had gone over the top with their Halloween decorations - fake webs and plastic spiders adorned the walls - someone had obviously been shopping at Poundland. As if that wasn't bad enough, the general clutter of the reception area was overpowering. There was a stuffed bear and lots of other stuffed critters. The room was very dark so I couldn't get a good look at the display. I did see one interesting item - an old Scots military jacket of an unusual type - which should be in a museum.
When the receptionist attended she did not look pleased to see us. We explained we were here to check-in and the look on her face coupled with her reply and the way she said it, was translated by myself as "Are You Serious!" She evidently felt we were too early, although we had explained we would be arriving at this time (12 noon).
Once ensconced in our room, we had a good laugh at the décor and had a cup of tea and a biscuit. An original painting of a highland coo was on the wall and the bed was a sturdy four poster. The heating worked as did all the lights, kettle etc. There were clean towels and there was toilet roll etc. It was basic and boring. There was nothing wrong with it. Because it was off season we were in the main building with a view of the main road. Across the road are a series of lodges, which looked fairly modern. I was delighted to be in the old, allegedly haunted part of the Drover's Inn.
Our bar meal in the evening was fine - you order at the bar and they bring it to you table. It was a cosy room with a few alcoves to snuggle up within. There were accents from all over the world. I didn't come across any regulars in the bar on that night. But if I lived nearby I would love it as my local pub. The rain was falling and the wind was howling, but I felt nice and snug within.
Back in my room at night, I stayed awake in order to meet the ghosts, but none appeared. I heard a group of people leave the bar and head to a car. I ran to the window and stuck my head between the curtain. As the room was directly above the main signage, my seemingly floating face was illuminated by a strange glow. As the car drove past, an occupant in the rear passenger seat got quite a shock. I went back to bed and went to sleep, but was awoken at around 4 am by a maniac in a car, doing about 100 mph. I had to get up for the loo and couldn't get back to sleep. Thanks, mate.
The breakfast room was dark and the breakfast was average. I had a full English, but Morrison's supermarket does a better one. The guests at the next table stated how rude it had been for someone in the room next to theirs to flush the toilet at around 4 am. If I had known the flush fascists were in town, I wouldn't have bothered.
So that was the Drover's Inn. I have stayed in worse places. In summing up, the bar was cosy with good food. The rooms were plain. The breakfast was average. The first appearance ruined by the indignation from the receptionist. Probably won't go back.
In order to do anything locally you must be prepared to walk or have access to a car. This is after all the countryside. There is a train station nearby ay Ardlui, allowing access to Glasgow city centre.
Summary: Old favourite is now riding on the back of its reputation
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