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What’s it like to work in the Highlands?

Our Highland hotels run at full speed over the “tourist season”, which means March to October in Glencoe. Out of season the area is still a magnet for skiers, white water kayakers, ice climbers and winter walkers. In a nutshell, you get to live where everyone comes to spend their free time and holidays. It’s remote, so read on to find out just what a Highland life looks like.

Jobs in the Highlands


Far removed from the bright lights of Scotland's cities, but right beside the Outdoor Capital of the UK. For the outdoors enthusiast or photography hobbyist this location is a dream come true.

Where will I be working?

This is the true Highlands of Scotland: Glencoe. It’s a bit like living in a postcard.

Our Ballachulish and Isles of Glencoe hotels on the West Coast of Scotland, at Glencoe and Ballachulish
Our third hotel, the Kingshouse Hotel and bunkhouse sits right in the middle of glorious Glencoe valley and is currently under refurbishment and opening early 2019.

All three each have around 60 bedrooms, so offer a friendly, personal stay in Scotland.

Visitors come from all around the world to see stags, sample whisky and look for haggis (!) and the West Highland Way attracts walkers from all over the UK who want to walk the 96 mile well-worn walk from Glasgow to Fort William

Do you have staff accommodation? Wifi?

We have room for over 30 of our team. We have accommodation in Ballachulish village, and North Ballachulish too. So if you work at The Isles of Glencoe hotel, it will take you about 5 minutes to walk to work. If you work at Ballachulish Hotel, we are about a 10 minute walk from accommodation (which is roughly a 10 minute walk also from Loch Leven hotel – the nearest pub!) Your rent is taken straight out of your wages and we also take care of things like council tax, energy bills and even food.

Only some of our rooms have wifi available but you can always catch up on emails in our team rooms during your breaks.

Where can I eat?

We’ll give you breakfast, lunch and dinner in our staff rooms. If you choose not to live in, you can still eat free of charge in your staff room as long as you work a minimum of a six-hour shift.

There’s a small supermarket in Ballachulish village and Glencoe village has a bar and takeaway.

What can I do in my time off?

If you love the great outdoors, our Ballachulish,  Isles of Glencoe or Kingshouse Hotels could be for you. All hotels are set in an area called Lochaber which has been described as ‘The outdoor capital of the UK’. There are mountain ranges, ski slopes, climbing arenas, golf courses, water sports and the world’s biggest indoor climbing walls within a 10-mile radius. It is definitely a calming pace of life in the highlands and even a short walk is a treat for the soul, making it the perfect location for those who prefer a more rural setting over the city life.

Oban and Fort William are the closest towns. Buses run every hour or so to Fort William which is about 30 minutes away and there are two buses a day to Oban which is about a 45-minute journey. There’s a bus stop at either side of the Ballachulish Hotel and also at the Kingshouse so access to public transport is no problem.

The good news is our Isles of Glencoe Hotel has its own leisure facilities including a pool, sauna and fitness room and you can use them completely for free. The Isles is also home to a local swim group, who also swim in Loch Leven. Open water swimming is also free (!) but we do recommend investing in a wetsuit…it is Scotland after all!