The ’famous’ Creggans Inn was established in mid 1800’s at Creggans Point, on the east shore of Loch Fyne where the steamboat linked Strachur with Inveraray.
Previous owners, Sir Fitzroy Maclean and Lady Veronica Maclean purchased Strachur Estate, including Creggans Inn, in 1957.
Fitzroy was a diplomat, politician, soldier and author. He was an original member of the SAS and Winston Churchill’s personal representative in German occupied Yugoslavia where he assisted communist Tito to organise the resistance against the Germans.
During their ownership of Creggans Inn they attracted famous guests such as Joanna Lumley, Roger Moore, the Cushmans, Art Garfunkel, Princess Margaret, various Russians and Americans. Keith Floyd cooked as part of his Britain and Ireland series in the 80’s. Veronica was a keen cook and author of cook books and with the help of French chefs the hotel collected a lot of accolades for food.
Due to his friendship with Ian Flemming and his daring war exploits, Fitzroy is thought to have been an inspiration for the James Bond character.
Fitzroy developed the MacPhunn whisky which is available for sale from the Hotel.