Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa

“Fine lochside dining at the old Sandeman place” - AA Inspector



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Built of red sandstone in 1892 in the Scots baronial style for a scion of the Sandeman port-shipping family, Fonab Castle stands on a wooded hillside overlooking Loch Faskally. It embarked on its career as a top-end hotel only in 2013, and its surviving panelled hall, exquisite plasterwork and magnificent stone fireplaces make an appealing contrast to the spa facilities and contemporary Scottish cooking also on offer. That latter is enjoyed at its best in the Sandeman Fine Dining restaurant, where the six-course taster offers an exciting programme of cutting-edge dishes, with appetisers and a pre-dessert filling in the gaps between main items. These could take in braised shin of Highland beef with pumpkin espuma, before moving on to venison with salsify purée, baked and raw beetroot and a rich, glossy sauce with clear notes of bitter chocolate. An excellent slate of wines by the glass is an asset.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa
Foss Road, PITLOCHRY, PH16 5ND
Phone : 01796 470140


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 36
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 15
  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu

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