Inns in Helmsdale
Situated in the heart of a picturesque Highland village on the east coast of Scotland, this contemporary country hotel rejects modern day distractions in favour of a haven of peace. In an effort to keep alive what this region stands for, the hotel has invested in natural history and art, and retains much of its original charm, including the woodwork and panelling which glow with the warmth of open log fires. With no TVs and telephones in the rooms, you can absorb the peace and quiet. Built in 1816, the Bridge Hotel is steeped in history and tradition, with the famous Helmsdale River running right past it. Served by 2 airports – Inverness and Wick – it is conveniently situated on the main axis between Inverness, Thurso and John O’Groats, the most northern point of mainland Scotland, and a perfect base for exploring the wonders of the Highlands.
The Bridge Hotel was built in the early 19th century, at the head of the old Helmsdale river bridge. Today the hotel has become the front of the village square, spared the noise of heavy traffic by a new bridge which bypasses the centre of Helmsdale.
The residents’ lounge is the pride of the Bridge Hotel. It has a traditional ambience, with 11 full head mounts of local stags on its walls. Above the fireplace, a moose and 2 reindeer bear witness to the fact that these animals once roamed the Highlands. Roe, Sika and Fallow deer mounts complete the collection of wild ungulates found in Scotland today.
The lounge invites you to put your feet up and enjoy a nightcap from the honesty bar in front of the open fire. The residents’ lounge also has a wide screen TV with a DVD and VHS player, as well as a wide collection of books and magazines. The hotel can provide a dog bed free of charge. One large or 2 small dogs may accompany you at the hotel.
Credit Cards Accepted
Evening Meal Provided
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
Open All Year
Building of Historic Interest
TV in Rooms
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