Midway between Loch Etive and Loch Awe and set among imposing Highland scenery, Brander Lodge makes a good base for exploring the area. An enthusiastic owner has transformed the place into a comfortable modern hotel, with continuing improvements being rolled out. Upstairs standard rooms are compact but comfortable, with good beds and big screens. Downstairs king-size-bedded rooms open to the garden.
The bar has a fine selection of malts, while food covers a few pub classics along with a short menu of tasty meat and fish dishes.