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Marine Hotel
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Marine Hotel

The Marine today.
Picture added on 22 March 2005
I worked at the Marine Hotel in 1958. It was very busy during part of the summer - we had 100 people staying in the Hotel we also had a farmers dinner when we were up till 1:30 in the morning putting things to rights for the morning breakfast. The Hotel was owned by Miss Macfarlane. They used to have several girls from the west coast ie Stornoway every year. I only worked for one season it was too hard.
Added by Mary Mackay now Harrison on 23 March 2005
I worked in the Marine in 1964 as a cake maid then in 1965 as a waitress. Had a great time, still had girls from Stornoway, unfortunately can' t remember their names. The chef was a very demanding and temperamental man! Most guests stayed for two weeks, full board, the "good old days" no jetting off to the continent. The sun always shone and everyone appeared to enjoy their holidays.
Added by Irene Thomas on 04 February 2010
I used to stay at the Marine Hotel in the first 2 weeks of August with my parents and brother. My brother and I used to sneak down the fire exit stairs at the back of the hotel and go into Fortrose. I played golf for 2 weeks non stop and loved the holiday. The ambience was superb as were the staff. Disappointed it sold as a hotel into a Old folks home....

Added by David Simpson on 22 October 2010
I remember the Marine Hotel, the hub of the then tourist business, the wealthy holidayed here - Rolls Royce's Bentley's.Daimler's. Golfing at Chanonry.was the big attraction providing work for many people. Many lassies from Stornaway came to work & married local guys. Mr Allan was the chef with his many helpers. Sadly it fell victim to the sunny climes of Spain etc. etc. - sun seekers, cheap package holidays & now it's an old folks home & from all accounts a good one.
Added by JOHN REDDIGAN on 22 May 2013
I also worked there in 1958. See my comments on Photo 100 - the Putting Green.
Added by Ian Basham on 05 June 2013
Many locals benefited from the Marine Hotel in it.s hay day.it provided work for local people & beyond off course the Stornoway lassies we don.t forget.the left over's from the kitchen was enjoyed from time to time in most households depending on the generosity of the Chef Mr Allan.his ice cream was a real treat.yes we were lucky.nowaday's in an hotel of such proportion there would be different ratings of chef's but Mr Allan was a one man show with a lot of helpers.sadly an era passed.
Added by JOHN REDDIGAN on 12 June 2013
I spend six or seven family holidays at the Marine Hotel, the last of these when I was 18 in 1982 - and my parents kept going after that. Every year we would meet the same families wih became real friends - and some of whom our family is still in contact with. A great place to stay and it's a great shame I can't now take my daughter there on holiday.
Added by Ian Yuill on 21 June 2014
We used to spend 2 weeks here, with the "Edinburgh Crowd" back in the 1950s/60 when I was a teenager. It was a good, old fashioned hotel, and there was Highland dancing in the evenings twice a week.
Added by C P Ward on 20 July 2014
1968 copy of 'Where to Stay in Scotland' had the Marine Hotel (Tel. Fortrose 253) listed with 54 bedrooms all with running hot & cold. One room even had a bath and there were 8 public bathrooms. B&B prices were 37/6d to 40/- and weekly inclusive terms were 336/- to 378/-. Late meals served til 8.30pm and it was licensed. It was closed in winter.
Added by Colin Harris on 22 August 2014
My Mam Kathleen Maclean, used to cycle from Davidstone Farm in Cromarty to work here .
Added by Lorraine on 17 September 2017
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