The Lake of Menteith is the only natural body of water in Scotland to be called a lake. The title is late Victorian and as the result of a cartography error, which remained. Prior to this it was called the Loch of Inchmahome

The History

The Port of Menteith is in the heart of the ancient Earldom of Menteith, and of the then powerful Graham clan. The Mausoleum to the Grahams of Gartmore, designed by William Stirling in 1817, is a stone pedimented rectangle set on a battered stone plinth in the grounds of the Parish Church. The church to be found today was designed by the Glasgow architect John Honeyman in 1876 and is buttressed gothic with a stone pyramid on top.

The heart of the hotel was the former manse, possibly very late 18th century, with the hotel itself dating from 1854. From 1874 –1879 William Mitchell tenanted the Port of Menteith Inn. In 1936 Mrs Dalrymple purchased the hotel from the Duke of Montrose, assisting his estate to pay for death duties.

Lighting was by oil lamps, there was no electricity and only one bathroom, upstairs. Electricity was installed and a washbasin plumbed into every room. A pump was installed to supply water from the lake. The refurbishment of the hotel was reflecting the art deco architecture and decoration of the period.

During the Second World War the military commandeered the hotel as the area was used as an ammunitions dump. In 1950 the Dalrymple family sold the hotel to Mr Nisbet and in 1989 it was acquired by Mr Leroy and it was once again refurbished, reflecting the art deco style from the major work carried out in 1936.

In May 2005 the hotel was acquired by Ian Fleming and was refurbished and decorated in a Bostonian New England style. During the sixteen years that followed Ian Fleming established a small group of Historic Inns on The Eastern Shore USA and subsequently sold the succesful waterfront hotel to John Spence of the Karma Group in December of 2021.