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Loch Ericht Hotel reopened!

Happy to be the first guests at the newly-reopened Loch Ericht Hotel - credit to Ainslie, Colin and all the team for their hard work. Well worth a stay.
Added by Andy on 11 July 2016 - add reply

John Munro

My granddad used to work here, it may have been in the late or mid 1900's. How can I find out if he did. my father remembers living in one of the cottages at the main gate area. Any help passed would be gratefully received. Thank you.
Added by David Munro on 28 April 2016 - add reply

what a wonderful place

We were in Dalwhinnie at the weekend scattering my Fathers ashes as he loved the place and the loch. Ron who runs the grill and bar the welcome you gave us was as if we were being welcomed like old friends. My Fathers name was Jim Finnie and I was just wondering if anyone in the village remembered him. I know it's a long shot Thanks
Added by Sybil mchugh on 03 September 2015 - add reply

Beautiful place

I used to work in the loch ericht hotel in 1990 to 1991. When Gavin and Stella managed it. I remember nell and little hazel and her little red duffle coat. Happy times. Has the hotel closed now? I loved that hotel a beautiful view constantly changing with the weather out if every window. What is now planned for the hotel? Mandy
Added by Amanda Davidson on 19 July 2015 - add reply

Information about Neil McLauchlan & family

I am searching for information about the family of Neil McLauchlan, Innkeeper at Dalwhinnie, who was my great great grandfather. He is buried in Alvie churchyard.
Added by Susan Beckley on 01 March 2015 - add reply

Dalwhinnie family wanted - ITV Good Morning Britain

We are potentially coming live from Dalwhinnie tomorrow morning as it will be one of the coldest places in the UK. We are looking for people from the village to be interviewed by our correspondent. We would like a family, who could talk about how they cope with the cold weather. We would also like to speak to local business owners. All interviews would be between 6.30am and 8.30am tomorrow.
Added by Adrian Butler on 18 January 2015 - add reply

RAF Spitfire crash between Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore 1942

Does anyone have any information on this accident? The Spitfire (R6886) was on a training flight on 5 November 1942 when the cockpit started to fill with smoke. As there was nowhere to put it down, the pilot Sgt Harvey bailed out successfully. The Spitfire crashed somewhere between Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore. I am trying to locate where it came down. Do any local people recall this event? I would be very grateful to hear from you. I can be emailed or telephoned on 07890 892147.
Added by Elliott Smock on 03 October 2013 - add reply

Looking for info on Duncan family of Dalwhinnie

Dear All, having just travelled through Dalwhinnie on a mission to trace the birthplace of my Grand Father, James Duncan, who we believe was born in Dalwhinnie circa 1879 and joined the Seaforth Highlanders to fight in the Boer War in South Africa during the period 1899-1902. Our family records are very sketchy which is creating more frustration. So if anyone could throw some light on a Duncan family who stayed in Dalwhinnie during the mid to late 1800s the information would be greatly appreciated. best regards James Duncan
Added by James Duncan on 03 October 2013 - add reply

RAF Spitfire crash between Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore 1942

Does anyone have any information on this accident? The Spitfire (R6886) was on a training flight on 5 November 1942 when the cockpit started to fill with smoke. As there was nowhere to put it down, the pilot Sgt Harvey baled out successfully. The Spitfire crashed somewhere between Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore. I am trying to locate where it came down. Do any local people recall this event? I would be very grateful to hear from you. I can be emailed or telephoned on 07890 892147.
Added by Elliott Smock on 29 September 2013 - add reply

Dalwhinnie's a walker's paradise

I am a hiker and discovered Dalwhinnie quite by accident in 2004. Since then I try to visit once or twice a year. I have stayed at the now derelict hotel but now tend to rent a bungalow. With the welcome addition of Ron's Restaurant Dalwhinnie is always my favourite holiday. I have visited alone, with my wife, friends, family. It is a magical place and a walker's paradise. I particularly like winter there for the extremes of weather provide exhilarating walks and wonderful photographs. I will be there again in the last week of November 2012 with my son and I honestly can't wait. I live on the South Coast of England but my very happiest times wherever I travel to are always Dalwhinnie.
Added by David J Williams on 20 October 2012 - add reply

A magical visit to Dalwhinnie!

Hi! I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours cycling around Dalwhinnie in late February 2012. The weather was exceptionally mild, with no snow around, so I tried to see every street and every building in this beautiful but widely scattered village. I was entranced by the austere beauty of the area, and was suprised to see so much activity going on, with the petrol station busy and some people walking on the streets and chatting. I took lots of photos, some of which I might post if I can work out how. I love visiting underappreciated remote locations like this, and I thoroughly enjoyed my brief tour around the village. The highlight? Definitely having a close look at the war memorial, set in the beautifully kept little garden at the crossroads. Touching and respectful, a real heart to this tiny community. I also enjoyed seeing the row of houses in Ben Alder Road past the station. Close up they look like any row of council houses in any large town or city, but take a few steps back and you see just how remote and windswept the location of the houses is, as they bravely grow their plants in their gardens and maintain themselves beautifully despite the challenging conditions. Loch Ericht was beautiful too, with the grand mansion near the level crossing looking suitably imposing, and I also had a brief jaunt along the enticing route along the south side of the loch too. As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and hope to return again one day. Maybe next time I'll sample a Dalwhinnie malt whisky!
Added by Alastair on 19 March 2012 - add reply

Congratulations on the web site

Lovely web site, quite special. I look forward to walking through Dalwhinnie on the TGO Challenge in May
Added by Mike Pinnock on 25 February 2012 - add reply

Found your site today

Hello I found this site today and im really made up as i found a photo of my father in your 1920s photo. Unfortunately he passed away when i was very young and until today ide never seen a photo of him as a child.Willie Cameron was my father and after checking with my sister i also found that his brother and my uncle Douglas was in the same photo. So thankyou very much for opening this site and the effort gone in. I dont have any photos to add to your collection but will definately be visiting the site much more often now a connection to my dads home town is made via the photo
Added by Richard Cameron on 18 November 2011 - add reply

Lovely site

Just came across this by accident really, and have spent the last hour very pleasantly reminiscing! I was born in 1945 and lived in Dalwhinnie until I was 17. My parents lived in Dalwhinnie until the end of their lives (1987 and 1991). Life was pretty hard in the old days in Dalwhinnie - no central heating (in fact I remember my Dad putting electricity into the little wooden house (shack?) we lived in behind the distillery until I was 6, and the distillery built new houses for the workers - Dad was a stillman). Winter went on for a very long time, but there was lots going on in the village - dances, concerts, ceilidhs, whist drives, country dancing classes, drama groups etc.
Added by Betty Anderson on 13 April 2011 - add reply
Betty-have you any photos or other material to contribute?
Added by Douglas Abercrombie on 20 July 2011 - add reply
Most of these photos are before my time. I lived in Balsporran and then Dalwhinnie from 1961- 1980. I'll look out some photos. Scraping the ice from the inside of the window was common, drifts as high as the first floor of the Grampian. Buses used to come from Newtonmore and Laggan to the dances on a Friday night (we were setting the trend even then!). You got a cup of tea and a sandwich in them days!
Added by Rhoda Forrest on 23 January 2012 - add reply

Contacting Campbell Slimon

Hello, The Slimon family visited us last year in Australia and we're wondering if they have an email address. We're at aasloane@bigpond.com. Thanks.
Added by Alexander & Ann Sloane on 07 April 2011 - add reply

Looking for Information

Hi there, having travelled through Dalwhinnie for more years than I can remember, heading for remote hills in the northwest highlands, I am always grateful for the WC which seems to be open all the time. Is there a contact number for booking the village hall?? My hillwalking club are looking to stay in the area for one of our weekends away in January 2011 and wondered about accommodation in the village. Any info would be appreciated.
Added by Joyce Low on 31 October 2010 - add reply

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