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Bosville Hotel

Bosville Hotel….

is located in Portree, overlooking the Portree harbour. With two incredible restaurants, a fine meal is always close at hand. Chandlery Restaurant chef John Kelly was recently given a stunning review in The Guardian, who said that his Shiitake Mushroom and Truffle Soup is “about as close to the elixir of life as anyone is likely to get, and is worth the journey to Skye alone”.

John has also published a wonderful cookbook entitled Flavours of Skye. Check it out if you would like some inside tips on what makes Skye cuisine so special. Start with a Portree Landed Langoustines Bisque before moving on to Hand Dived Sconser Scallops, and finish with a Pave of dark chocolate and Kahlua. If you’re in a hurry, dine at the Bistro Restaurant, have some pate on oatcakes, soup of the day with crusty bread, or some lovely melon and exotic fruits with toasted coconut crisps and citrus sorbet.

As Skye’s first boutique style hotel, the accommodation features wonderfully comfortable, deep beds, adorned with stylish comfortable fabrics and furnishings. Superiour rooms and, of course, luxury suites are available upon request. If it’s a special occasion, optional extras can include champagne and flowers in the room, rose petals, scented candles and even hand made Isle of Skye chocolates. Our favourite is the candlelit dinner for two, served in room, for the ultimate in romance and privacy. Address: Bosville Hotel, 9-11 Bosville Terrace, Portree, Isle Of Skye, IV51 9DG Telephone: 01478612846 Website: Bosville Hotel Website

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Dunvegan Hotel

MacLeods Tables photo by vertigogen

Dunvegan Hotel

is a fully non-smoking facility, on the Duirinish peninsula, and offers views of MacLeod’s Tables and Loch Dunvegan.

Enjoy a relaxing meal of local seafood and shellfish, bird watching, hillwalking or just exploring the area and its history. Thursday through Saturday during peak season, there is live entertainment in the Cellar Bar, guaranteed to add to the charm of Scotland. If you have a group of friends or family, consider the Bunkhouse, which sleeps 6, has an en-suite and central heating, and other standard amenities.  Whether staying in the main hotel or bunkhouse.

I’m sure that you’ll agree this is one of the fine Isle of Skye Hotels. From the restaurant, which is open Easter through October, there are fantastic views of MacLeod’s Tables and The Cuillins.  Adjoining the Cellar Bar is a waterfront beer garden and terrace, which are ideal for enjoying a cold beverage and colourful sunset. Address: Dunvegan Hotel, Main Street, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WA Telephone: 01471844223 Website: Dunvegan Hotel Website

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Eilean Iarmain Hotel

photo by Gwen

Eilean Iarmain Hotel

is also known as Isle Ornsay Hotel, and is one of the fine 3-Star Isle of Skye Hotels located at a sheltered bay with views across the Sound of Sleat to the Knoydart hills. The authentic Scottish feel has been preserved thanks to tartan carpets, and period decor. The Birlinn 2AA Rosette restaurant offers a wide selection of fine dining dishes. The hotel is decorated with traditional furnishings and linens.

The reception rooms feature log fires and the dining room is wood paneled, which gives it a warm appeal. Have a lovely candlelit dinner at the Birlinn 2AA Rosette restaurant, and enjoy overlooking the bay and the island of Ornsay.  There are a wide variety of local seafood and game selections on the menu, which has 5 or more selections for each course.

The Praban bar offers a decent selection of bottled and draught beer, which of course must include the local real ale and a proper selection of malt whiskies from across Scotland.  The bar often has themed food evenings and regular ceilidh nights with some traditional Gaelic song and Scottish music. Hotel prices range from £50.00 to £80.00 per person, per night, for a Standard Room up to the Suites, which run from £85.00 to £125.00.

Be sure to call first for reservations and price confirmation. Fearann Eilean Iarmain, the name of the estate where the hotel is located, was originally a portion of the ancient Macdonald property (23,000 acres from Sleat to Strath in southern Skye).  It is an area of great natural beauty which has moorland, woodlands, hills and seashore.  Bird life is plentiful, and a wide variety of plants and wild flowers thrive here.

This area is known as Lios an Eilein, or The Garden of Skye and is famous for its geology. Arguably one of the most underrated 3-Star Isle of Skye Hotels, Eilean Iarmain is sure to please. Address: Isle Ornsay, Sleat, Isle Of Skye, IV43 8QR Telephone: 01471833332 Website: Eilean Iarmain Hotel Website

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