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Kinloch Lodge Hotel

Kinloch Lodge Hotel - Photo by Mathieu B.

Kinloch Lodge Hotel

is a luxurious one of the 4 Star Isle of Skye Hotels, set at the foot of Kinloch Hill.  This Country House Hotel is on the tranquil shoreline of Na Dal in Sleat. Decorated with sporting trophies, fine antiques and warm lovely paintings and prints, Kinloch Lodge Hotel typifies Highland hospitality. This property is the Highland home of Claire and Godfrey MacDonald, and is an excellent choice for accommodation on Skye. Of course there are drawing rooms to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or nightcap, a homey fire burning in the hearth, and wonderful hosts to make you feel at home. The food is local and seasonal, which is sure to represent the flavours of the Highlands. The rooms feature superking-size beds, outfitted with crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, lambswool blankets, and plump pillows.

All guest-bedrooms have flat-screen television plus dvd players, telephone, hospitality tray with fresh coffee, and homemade shortbread, plus a wide selection of books (both antiquarian and contemporary) from Lord Macdonald’s library.  Attention to details is obvious with the Added touches of fresh fruit, flowers, and candles lit during the turn-down service in the evening. Kinloch Lodge Hotel meals are the epitome of fine dining.

Claire MacDonald, the hotel owner, is renowned for her cookery demonstrations world-wide.  Combine Claire with Roux brothers’ trained chef Marcello Tully, and you have an incredible team!  Meals are based on outstanding produce from Scotland’s rich seasonal larder including local poultry, game and shellfish, hot-smoked salmon from South Uist, and Buccleuch Estate beef.  The cuisine alone is reason enough to stay at Kinloch Lodge, or a trip to the Isle of Skye. Address: Kinloch, Isle Ornsay, Isle Of Skye, IV43 8QY Telephone: 01471833214 or 01471833333 Website: Kinloch Lodge Hotel Website

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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

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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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Kintail Lodge Hotel

Kintail Lodge Hotel Kintail Lodge Hotel is located on the A87 road to Skye and is at the base of the Five Sisters of Kintail, and on the shores of Loch Duich. The location of the Kintail lodge hotel makes it an great setting off point for touring the surrounding areas of Lochalsh, Skye and the Western Highlands.  Avid walker? 30 of Scotland ‘s Munros are in this area. For the less energetic, there are many tourist attractions – all suitable for day trips such as Eilean Donan Castle, Attadale Gardens, Isle of Skye, Plockton, and Applecross.

Depending on what time of year you decide to travel, and whether you select a  standard or superior room, prices vary from £45.00 to £60.00 per person per night.  There are 12 en-suite rooms to choose from, each with its own unique charm.  There’s plenty of selection with singles, doubles and twins to choose from – all having been recently refurbished to a very high standard.

On a budget?  Consider the Wee Bunk House or Trekkers lodge where prices are priced for the budget traveller!  All the usual amenities, such as snack kitchen with appliances, and so on.  They’ll even prepare a packed lunch for the next day if you ask in advance, which is handy. There’s a lovely fireplace to sit near and sip a warming beverage, whether it be coffee, tea or malt whisky, resting upon large cushioned couches and having some pleasant conversation.

There’s also a bar, if you’re more inclined to having a few drinks, sampling the regional whisky’s or sharing tales of sights and scenes with fellow guests of the Kintail Lodge Hotel. The Conservatory Restaurant overlooks the garden and loch and is open morning, noon and night.  Local produce, seafood and game are featured on the menu, with candlelight tables available for that special occasion. Also close by are:

  • Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland’s most photographed and most romantic castle?
  • the Falls of Glomach – one of the highest waterfalls in Great Britain
  • Glenelg – with its Brochs and General Wade’s Barracks
  • Sandaig – with its Gavin Maxwell associations. Maxwell was the author of Ring of Bright Water and The Otters’ Tale.
  • Glenshiel – site of 1719 Jacobite battle
  • Skye Bridge (free) only 15 minutes away.

Tel: 01599 511275 Fax: 01599 511226 E-mail:  reception@kintaillodgehotel.co.uk Website: Kintail Lodge Hotel Website

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Skye Hotels, Small Hotels and Country House Hotels

Dunvegan Castle

3 Types of Isle of Skye Hotels

A Hotel, as distinguished by VisitScotland, will have at least 20 rooms and have the same standard offerings as Small Hotels, such as facilities, meals, and drinks. It”s extremely uncommon to not find lunch available at an Isle of Skye Hotel.

The larger hotels will have personality and a flair of their own, but will often not be managed day to day by one owner, which is common at the Small Hotels. A Small Hotel generally ranges in size from 6 to 20 rooms for let. Bedrooms typically have some form of private facilities and are generally ensuite. While breakfast and dinner are regularly served, a select few may, on rare occasion, not offer lunch. A drinks licence is standard for Small Hotels, though some may carry the restricted licence. What sets Small Hotels apart from their bigger brother Hotels is the owner influence on the property.

No two Small Hotels are the same, thanks to the style, and often personality, of the owner. These hotels are guaranteed to have a unique charm of their own, making them distinguishable from all others on the island. Country House Hotels are frequently luxurious properties with large garden areas, and will be found off the beaten path in rural areas. In addition to the standard facilities, meals and drinks, you can count on finding some peace, quiet, and tranquility at a Country House Hotel.

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