Welcome to Distant Hills Guest House
Peter & Lesley McIntosh welcome you to their Highland Guest House in the village of Spean Bridge. Together they have 40 years experience of the Lochaber area and their aims are to give you, great food, stylish rooms and the inside knowledge of the local area.
Distant Hills has a peaceful setting amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands of Scotland. It provides perfect Bed and Breakfast accommodation whether you are interested in touring, walking, climbing, cycling, bird watching, skiing, horse riding, fishing or just relaxing.
The village of Spean Bridge offers two restaurants (Russells restaurant has two AA Rosettes, the Old Station brings live music & real ale to the village), one woollen mill shop with restaurant/coffee shop (9 to 5 only), the intoxicating Highland Soap handmade soap shop, a Spar convenience store, two pubs and four hotels in the surrounding area for even more evening meal choices.
We are situated just three miles from the Nevis Range Mountain Experience which includes the mountain gondola, skiing, walks, tree tops ropes and mountain bike trails. Ben Nevis and Loch Ness are each a short drive from Spean Bridge. For walkers the Great Glen Way and East Highland Way are nearby and courtesy transfers are available.
Spean Bridge is also an ideal base for day trips to:
- Fort William
- Fort Augustus and Loch Ness
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Aviemore and Cairngorm mountain
Book your Distant Hills Guest House accommodation Direct!
Guests are encouraged to book with us direct by telephone (01397 712452) or email. This way you can be assured of our personal attention to your bed and breakfast reservation, and can benefit from special and long stay discounts (which might not be available on online bookings). Alternatively if it is more convenient try our availability checker below.
Welcome to Distant Hills Guest House
Why come to our Spean Bridge accommodation?
Distant Hills is an established family run guest house, set in extensive grounds and located at the edge of the quiet Highland village Spean Bridge. There are walks from the door of our Spean Bridge accommodation through the village to the surrounding countryside and beyond to the Caledonian Canal. Take a packed lunch and enjoy the peace and quiet in a secluded picnic spot.
Areas to explore around Spean Bridge
Our accommodation is convenient for the neighbouring village of Roy Bridge which is just two miles away. There you can discover Glen Roy's geological parallel roads a rare hillside feature formed by a glacial lake. Charles Darwin visited in 1838 and wrote an article about what he thought was an ancient marine shoreline. Glen Roy itself is two miles from Distant Hills, signposted from the middle of Roy Bridge. The single track road gives a spectacular drive up into the heart of a beautiful high glen passing ancient crofts with the option of short or hill top walks. Also keep your eyes open for the chalice stone or at the side of the road which is a large flat topped stone with a carving of a communion cup on the side. It is said to date from when Roman Catholic people were persecuted so they came to the stone in secret to celebrate Mass. Glen Roy is also the site of the last inter clan battle in 1688 when the MacDonells (or MacDonalds) defeated our poor old clan the MacKintoshes. A cairn marks the site of the battle.
One mile further East of Roy Bridge there is a small road on the left just after the Glenspean Hotel. Here you will find Cille Choirill a very sacred site with a 15th century church and burial ground. The church sits on top of a hill which gives beautiful views down the glen. In more recent times the site doubled as "Glenbogle Church" in the BBC series "Monarch of the Glen".
Fort William is only 10 miles away and it is the only town in the district of Lochaber. It has a range of shops, numerous places to eat, remnants of the old fort, the ruin of Old Inverlochy Castle, the West Highland history museum (with new commando exhibition), a library with internet access and an indoor ten pin bowling centre. It is located at the foot of Ben Nevis and for the less adventurous there are numerous lower level walks in Glen Nevis.
Fort Augustus and the southern tip of Loch Ness are just 30 minutes' drive. Have a walk around the pretty village including the former abbey and watch the boats navigate the series of locks on the Caledonian Canal which dissects the village.
Relax on the West Highland Line
The West Highlands railway line from Glasgow to Mallaig via Fort William passes through Spean Bridge railway station. The train allows you to leave the car at home and enjoy exploring east to Corrour or west to Fort William.
Alternatively stay on the Fort William train and carry on to Mallaig for one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the UK including passing over the Glenfinnan viaduct which was used for its dramatic setting in some of the Harry Potter films. From May to October the Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig and promises an experience from a bygone era. This is an extremely popular trip and most of the seats on the train are pre-sold on the West Coast Railways website but if you do not have a ticket there is one carriage with seats sold on the day. The train departs at 10:20 and we would suggest that you get there early and buy your ticket from the conductor on the platform.
There are three long stay car parks around the Fort William railway station which we can direct you to. The current cost of a day car park ticket is £1.50.
We aim to keep finding new places for you to enjoy so check out our Facebook page for up to date ideas.
Unlike some hotels Distant Hills offers individually designed modern bedrooms with quality linens and lots of little extras. There is a choice of double or twin bedded en-suite rooms all at ground floor level.
At breakfast we aim to provide a wide and tasty choice sourcing our food locally where possible. There are usually at least four main meal options. The pancakes, fruit compote and marmalade are homemade and of course our eggs come from our own hens. The bacon, sausages, black pudding and haggis come from our local butchers.
At the end of an enjoyable day
To help you relax and unwind there is a large bright guest lounge with comfy sofas and armchairs overlooking the garden.
The spacious and colourful garden offers an opportunity to wander beside the stream in the peaceful surroundings with a pleasant outlook to the distant hills of the Grey Corries and Aonach Mor. You can also sit under the shady arbour and enjoy the quiet and tranquillity.
Distant Hills is non-smoking throughout.
If you would like to check emails or discover the area on the internet we have free wifi throughout the building.