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The Hopetoun Arms Hotel, Biggar

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37 Main Street
Postal town: Biggar
ML12 6XP
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David Ross left this review about The Hopetoun Arms Hotel

The bar/lounge looks much the same as it did last time I was here in Scotland’s highest residential hotel. Accommodation prices have increased significantly, though, as another customer was quoted £45 for a single room (which used to be £25). The barmaid very kindly opened the bar 20 minutes early for me, which was very welcome after a cold day in the windy hills, as was the real fire blazing in the hearth. After official opening time at 5 o’clock, I overheard an interesting conversation between two locals about finding gold in a stream near the village. The area was once famous for gold prospecting. My pint of Belhaven Best cost £3.10, which is reasonable as this is the only pub in Leadhills. Guinness, Tennent’s and Carling lagers, McEwan’s 60 Shilling and Blackthorn cider are also on draught. There is also a hand pump, but the real ale had apparently “run out.”

On 24th March 2014 - rating: 7
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David Ross left this review about The Hopetoun Arms Hotel

Originally constructed, in the mid 19th century, as a hunting lodge for the surrounding Hopetoun Estate, the Hopetoun Arms now boasts of being the highest residential hotel in the U.K. It is also the highest pub in Lanarkshire, and the only one in Scotland’s second highest village (after Wanlockhead, a mile to the west). The public bar/lounge is accessed by a door at the side of the building, next to the beer garden and smoking shelter. The real fire with sofas around it, the seat level television and the well stocked bookcase give it a bit of a living room feeling, but there is more pub-like seating around the serving hatch. Reasonably priced food is available and the residential accommodation, at £25 per person per night, is remarkably inexpensive for a hotel. The village shop (the only one) is situated directly across an alleyway from the bar door, which is useful if you want to combine a shopping trip with a visit to the pub.

On 11th October 2010 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by David Ross
Sanquhar, 9.76 miles, 3 hr 8 min walk (show)
Kirkconnel, 12.67 miles, 4 hr 4 min walk (show)
New Cumnock, 21.11 miles, 6 hr 47 min walk (show)
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7th Jan 2020, 19:45
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7th Jan 2020, 18:19
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 11 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 March 2014 by hondo .
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