"...warmth and character helps you to relax and unwind"
The Monarch Hotel was originally built in 1851 as a church manse, with the remains of the old Laggan United Free Church still standing in the grounds. It was converted during the 1970′s and although recently modernised, it has lost none of it’s warmth and character which together with it’s extensive grounds of flowers, shrubs and firs encourage you to relax and unwind.
There are actually two churches in Laggan, the United Free Church found in the grounds of the hotel and the Church of Scotland which was built around 1786 and is near to Laggan Bridge. Both churches seem to exist side by side. Sunday services seemed to alternate between the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church, depending upon whether ministers were available. The congregation of about 30 used to travel to church by pony and trap and on foot. Long distances were covered on foot, some walked five miles each way to and from church. Ponies were tethered in the ground at the front of the manse. The road leading to the United Free Church was one of General Wade’s military roads known as the Highland coach road to Fort William.
The architecture of the Laggan United Free Church varies from the Church of Scotland – the roof is not as high and the pulpit and choir stalls were located at the back of the church. The wood was beautifully carved and there was a harmonium organ. The wood carvings are now on display in the Kingussie Folk Museum and there are photographs of the original church.