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Tigh Mor Trossachs

Stirlingshire, Scotland

Discover Tigh Mor Hotel's History

Posted by Luci Ackers on May 23, 2016
Discover Tigh Mor Hotel's History

Ever wondered what was here before Tigh Mor became Tigh Mor?

Well, Nikki McMurray remembers the area before hand, having grown up in the Brig o' Turk just a short distance from Tigh Mor's front door. Mrs McMurray's parents owned The Old Manse, a little B&B just down the road and saw what was once named the Trossachs Hotel evolve into the Tigh Mor that you see here today.

The oldest parts of the building were constructed back in the 19th century but since then the building has been renovated, extended and redesigned. The Trossachs Hotel was brought from the owner John McGoven in 1992 and Mrs McMurray recalls there were two regular guests to The Old Manse at this time who happened to be part of the construction team working on the project.

The two guests stayed for about a year while the building was completely gutted. The east wing was rebuilt and the west wing gained a five-storey extension and attic wing. Tigh Mor reopened in 1993, fresh and grand and ready for guests. Mrs McMurray recalls being one of the very first people to set foot inside as her and her family were shown around.

The building retains many of its former charms, in particular the imposing towers and the conical roofs that look so majestic on the banks of the Loch Achray. The pictures are courtesy of Mrs. McMurray who kindly got in touch to share her story.

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


4 Comments related to this article
Elizabeth Harrison 30 May 2016

It was interesting to read how Tigh Mor had been developed from a run down hotel. I actually stayed at the Trossachs Hotel in 1961 and 1962. On each occasion a small group of school friends and a couple of teachers went on a pony trekking holiday. The stables were on the land at the back of the hotel. The horses were let out to graze in the field by the loch at the end of a day's trekking and each morning we had to go to catch the horses before breakfast and take them up to the stables for grooming. We had two wonderful holidays. We were only sixteen and we were blown away by the splendour of the hotel!!

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Luci Ackers 31 May 2016

That sounds fantastic Elizabeth! I'm glad you enjoyed the read, and thank you for sharing your story.

What lovely memories to have of such a beautiful area.

 

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Florence Whyte 23 December 2016
My husband and I married on Christmas Day 1942 and spent our honeymoon there at the then Trossachs Hotel. He had 7 days leave from the RAF. As I write it is Christmas Eve 2016, I am now 94 and recalling many happy memories. My name then was 'Metcalf'. I wonder if there are any old hotel registers 1942 with the name.
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Luci Ackers 29 December 2016

Wow, Florence, a very happy anniversary to you!

That is a lovely story, I'm glad the Trossachs provided you happy memories. What a beautiful place to honeymoon. I will have a chat with Nikki, the manager at Tigh Mor, and see if she has any knowledge of old records. I will contact you directly if she manages to dig anything up. 

All the best,

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