Pawed it there – local inn is top for dogs

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An award-winning venue in Loch Awe has notched up yet another honour.

The Ben Cruachan Inn, at the foot of the towering 1,100ft peak and overlooking the loch, has been named Scotland’s Best Pet-Friendly Hotel in the Prestige Hotel Awards.

It is in recognition of the work done to welcome dogs and their owners to the popular inn, which has won excellence reviews on the likes of Booking.com and Trip Advisor.

It opened in 2017 following a major investment and refurbishment after standing derelict for years at the side of the A85.

The business is co-owned by Tracey Peedle, husband Ian Irvine, and fellow co-owner Steve McDonald. As well as its bar and restaurant, it offers five letting rooms and five apartments.

Tracey said being dog owners themselves, it was important when visiting places that four legged friends were welcomed over the threshold. The area is popular for walkers and their pets, so it made sense to welcome them, she said.

The inn, which employs up to 15 staff at peak season, also saw general manager Cameron Hill bestowed with a ‘highly recommended’ award in the manager of the year category to add to its list of successes.