Grants is located on Loch Duich in Ratagan, Glenshiel in the North West Scottish Highlands, approximately 20 miles from the bridge to the Isle of Skye. It is offers a great central location for those wishing to explore the area with Glenelg, Balmacara and the Isle of Skye all within 20 minutes drive, and Strathcarron, Applecross, Fort William and Inverness easily accessible for a day trip.
For those who enjoy hill walking, climbing, kayaking and other outdoor activities, Glenshiel boasts 21 munros including the Five Sisters of Kintail, the South Shiel Ridge, and the Saddle and Forcan Ridge, a number of Corbetts, and many other lower level spectacular walks.
With amazing views across Loch Duich to Morvich, the Five Sisters of Kintail and Shiel Bridge, Grants also offers a superb location just to relax and enjoy the wildlife.
Wildlife is abundant in the area and last year we were lucky enough to see 4 of the Big 5 from our front garden: the White Tailed Sea Eagle, a Golden Eagle, otters and pine martens. Just the wild cats to go - some of our neighbours think they have seen them as they are found in our part of the world, so we have our fingers crossed for this year!
Grants is owned and managed by Tony and Liz Taylor who have lived in Ratagan since 2003. The accommodation and restaurant opened in 2005 and won a number of awards for both the food and accommodation.
The picture shows Tony proudly wearing his kilt, which is a Cameron tartan, ready for his New Year trip to the pub with the girls (Magda (left) and Morgan).
Liz also runs her own company, Tkm Consulting, which offers training and consultancy services to the public and private sector. One of the areas she covers is food hygiene legislation, including the Regulations on food information and allergens, so that keeps her busy while Grants is closed!
Grants is named after Jimmy and Mary Grant who lived at Craigellachie for almost 40 years before Tony and Liz moved to Ratagan. Many of our guests fondly remember them both from previous visits.
Jimmy was a fluent Gaelic speaker and named the house Craigellachie. It is the Gaelic war cry of the Grant clan and means "Stand Fast".
Jimmy, Mary and the rest of the Grant family lived in the house as Jimmy worked as the local Forestry Commission Gamekeeper. Prior to that, the house was for the Head Foresters of the area and I am delighted that John Murray, son of William Murray who was the first Head Forester that lived at the house, has written a brief history from that time and given permission for us to use it on our website. The document has some lovely pictures as well as some press articles. See Ratagan Forester's House History by John Murray.
As well as the natural beauty of the mountains, hills and lochs, there are a number of local businesses offering various activities that you can visit while you are here:
If you are planning a special occasion and are looking for people to help you with the organisation, please also see the links on our Exclusive Use and Weddings page.