The Village Inn, Arrochar - exterior
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THE VILLAGE INN
Best place in Arrochar for good Scottish ale and good Scottish food. The Village Inn is located to the left (if you're standing looking at Loch Long), at Tighness, about half-a-mile along the edge of the loch. The inn occupies a big house set back from the loch by a nice grassy garden, and as well as seats inside in a rather good bar, you can sit outside with great views over the loch towards The Cobbler and other mountains. While the bar has a pleasant aged rustic feel to it, my one main criticism would be the seats. They're hard wooden jobs, which makes it very hard to relax if you're spending any length of time inside. That said, I do believe there is also a lounge area with soft sofas, so in many ways that moan is not really justified. But still, I'd like to see cushions or padding on those wooden seats.
BEN ARTHUR'S BOTHY
Doesn't look like much from the outside, and the first bar you see on entering doesn't look like much either. But then you wander through the back to the 'bothy' proper and all of a sudden you find yourself in one heck of a place. There are big windows looking down at Loch Long and over to The Cobbler and other mountains. There are also lochside seats with equally astonishing views. The inside of Ben Arthur's Bothy looks like it has been modernised in recent years, and they've done a rather splendid job. Unfortunately there seems to be more of an emphasis on cool lagers inside, and there's not a great deal on the real ale front. But it is without question worth stopping awhile for a rest and magnificent views.
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Outside seating at Arthur's Bothy in Arrochar, overlooking Loch Long
The Village Inn, Arrochar - interior of bar