Kilchrenan is one of those chocolate box cute Scottish inns that you might see in the Hollywood movie version of Scotland. Delightful! An original 18th century trading post inn, it turns out consistently excellent food and drink, has fresh contemporary styling and the icing on the cake is that you are within easy reach of the shores of majestic Loch Awe, amongst the mountains and lochs of rural Argyll and all that the west coast has to offer. It’s often these smaller, picturesque village inns that really attract us as humans, and I wonder about the psychology behind what makes people flock to this sort of set-up? Is it that you know you can walk straight in and stand AT a bar (being very close to alcohol is always a nice feeling), and order a really decent cold pint of ale at most times of the day. Or that because it’s smaller and less formal, you can physically get closer to other people - travellers or locals – where it’s easier to establish some kind of connection. And isn’t meeting other people from other walks of life, all with unique stories to tell half the fun of travelling? Well these are my main theories anyway, I could go on. I guess what I’m trying to say is, you WILL want to go here, I know it already. I’m just here to remind you to book into one of Kilchrenan’s gorgeous 3 rooms while you need to be stationed close to Oban. Being stationed in Oban itself will simply not feel this good. But why is she getting so excited about an inn, you are wondering? Honestly – in Scotland, these types of countryside pub-hotels are often downtrodden and worn out. That’s why Kilchrenan becomes special – it’s your little bit of luxury whilst keeping those traditional Scottish inn feel-good vibes. It really is the kind of place you would joyously anticipate getting to at the end of a cold soggy hill walk, or any kind of walk really. In fact, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best walking, cycling, fishing and wildlife that Scotland has to offer. It's just all so darn quaint, for want of a better word!! Here’s what they say about it - A place to savour modern Scottish food and drink with friends and loved ones in welcoming surroundings. Dine in our restaurant or bar, relax with a drink by our log fire then retreat to your room before enjoying a hearty breakfast the next morning. Boasting three beautifully appointed bedrooms, the Kilchrenan Inn is the perfect place to stay. Each room features Hypnos beds and mattresses and our luxurious cotton percale sheets to help you get the perfect night's rest and enjoy the peaceful, idyllic surroundings. Guests can enjoy free wifi and each room is fitted with a bluetooth wireless speaker and Nespresso machine in addition to the usual tea and coffee making facilities. Fresh locally sourced food is at the heart of our philosophy. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the kitchen at Kilchrenan Inn offers a modern take on traditional Scottish dishes. Our menu will change weekly in line with the seasons and the produce available to us from local farmers, fishermen, growers and suppliers. Afternoon tea is available throughout the day with a selection of cakes, tea and coffee on offer. Yes, this IS that hidden gem you came to this website for, I can firmly tell you now. Book by going to their website on the Visit Website link at the bottom of this page. CHIC SCOTLAND EXTRA: Mention Chic Scotland when booking and they’ll give you a glass of fizz on arrival.