Some interesting facts about the Old Achray House Hotel
The exact origin of Achray House is not known, but it started out as a stately country home around the latter part of the 1800's. Apparently soon after being built it was named Victoria Cottage, in honour of Queen Victoria who commented on its attractiveness while passing through St Fillans en route to the Highlands. Some time after this it changed to Achray House. The picture on the right was taken around 1895, when the Achray House's main section got rebuilt.
Early in the 1900's Achray House became a guest house, and later on a hotel. One of our recent guests remembered older relations of hers coming all the way from Crieff for a summer holiday during the Achray's guest house era, bringing their beloved cow with!
The original building was extended some more in the 1990's, adding another bedroom wing, and later on the conservatory restaurant and self-catering lodges. Over the past 18 months we did some more updates and modernization of rooms and public areas, but the hotel's original atmosphere remains. The Achray House Hotel now offers a comfortable mix of Victorian charm and modern comfort, retaining the same fine views over Loch Earn and beyond from Queen Victoria's days.
St Fillans itself is rich in history and mythology, stretching back more than a thousand years.
The village was named after a 7th century Irish saint who also established the original chapel. The village is further linked to one of the great Scottish military victories.
A variety of historic events, some gruesome, some romantic, are captured in old writings about the village.
One of the best-known incidents in this area was the massacre of Clan Neish on their family island, remnants of which are still visible right opposite the hotel in Loch Earn.
St Fillans was also home to a castle, in its time a frontier post, where one of Scotland's famous early kings died.