Welcome to our Inn


Let us introduce ourselves - We are Sandy & Cathy Best, the owners of the Inn and your official hosts during your stay. We also have an unofficial host, Pumpkin, our pet parrot who is never far away from our side.

We first fell in love with Nova Scotia while originally looking at property in Cape Breton several years ago. Our home was in Alberta at the time but our hearts belonged to Nova Scotia.

Having many years experience in the hospitality/tourism industry, we decided that moving to Nova Scotia to be Innkeepers, would be the perfect fit for us. During one of our visits, we discovered Pictou and fell in love all over again.

In the summer of 2016, we purchased the now Scotsman Inn and moved to this beautiful historic harbour town with many stone houses, buildings & historical landmarks.

We are proud to share the treasures of our new town with our guests. Why not join us to Discover Pictou for yourself. We are here to welcome you!

Sandy, Cathy & Pumpkin

The Past

The original builders and owners of the Inn were James A. Stalker and his wife circa. 1865. They had a general store on the ground floor, and ran the bank from there until undertaking the building of the Scotia Bank next door. The family (and servants) lived on the upper levels, and there was even a kiln in the cellar for producing Stalker crockery.

Since those days, the building has had a variety of re-inventions -- the town library, insurance office, MLA office, apartments, general store, and now it is the graceful and elegant Scotsman Inn.

The Present

The current owners of the Inn began greeting guests in the summer of 2016. They have added some fine touches to the Inn with the addition of period antiques, art work, Ship Hector Passenger List, uncovered original fireplaces and more. The Inn's ground floor is home to an Art Gallery and a Digital Marketing Agency. The Art House offers local artist's paintings, photography and cards along with a few unique jewellery pieces. Media Ladder Digital Marketing specializes in web design & development, online marketing strategic planning, 360 degree photography and more.

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