Tibbie Shiels is a 5 bedroom hotel offering excellent quality home- cooked and locally sourced food, an extensive wine list, and a well- stocked friendly bar. We also have the Conservatory and the Dining Room, which can seat up to 40 people, and overlooks the very beautiful St Mary’s Loch. Tibbie’s has recently had a very favourable mention in ‘The Times’ newspaper.
Our bedrooms are very well equipped with comfortable beds. en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities. We have a Residents Lounge which offers a great selection of books, piano and TV including all Sky channels.
The Inn takes its name from Isabella (Tibbie) Shiel who moved with her husband Robert Richardson, a mole catcher, in 1823 into what was then known as St. Mary’s cottage on the estate of Lord Napier. After the death of her husband in the following year Tibbie was determined to support herself and six bairns by taking in gentlemen lodgers. Thirteen beds in all were available for guests in the room which is now the Bar and in the attic, although on occasions such as the 12th of August, “when the shooters come up among the hills” as many as 35 were accommodated, the excess being “made comfortable” on the floor!
James Hogg ‘the Ettrick Shepherd’ was a regular visitor. As an old friend of Hogg, Tibbie was unimpressed by his writing, saying: He wrote a deal o’trash but was a gey sensible man for a’ that”. James Hogg’s friend and contemporary, Sir Walter Scott, was another of Tibbie’s admirers and other names appearing in the visitor’s books (still existing in the care of Tibbie’s descendants) are Robert L. Stevenson, Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Stoddart (angler and angling poet) and Gladstone.
Since July 2008 Tibbie Shiels Inn has been owned and run by the Moody Family.