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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: Website: Kintail Lodge Hotel Website


Articles, Scottish Views

Dunorin House Hotel

MacLeod’s Tables

are a beautiful sight at any time of day.  Dunorin House Hotel, just a few miles from Dunvegan Castle, features views of MacLeod’s Tables, the Cuillins, and Loch Roag.  Having such fantastic views is a good reason to consider staying at Dunorin House!  Note that the above photo was not taken from Dunorin House Hotel, but is a lovely shot of the Tables, and was kindly provided by Adrian Fagg. As you cross the Skye bridge, follow the A87 to Sligachan (which is Gaelic for ‘shelly place’, named after the shells which were found on the original site).  Take the A863 to Dunvegan, passing it 3 miles.  There you’ll turn left at the Roag/Orbost junction.  A few hundred metres down the road and you’ll be at the Dunorin House Hotel. Dunvegan is one of the few (and largest) villages on Skye which isn’t located on the island’s east coast.  It is also home to Dunvegan Castle, which dates back to the 1200’s, and was likely the location of a fort in centuries prior.  In Dunvegan you will find several quaint shops, the famous Giant Angus MacAskill Musuem, and several placed to dine or have a beverage. MacLeod’s Tables are composed of the two flat-topped mountains Healabhal Beag (1601 ft) and Healabhal Mor (1538 ft).

If you enjoy a nice wee stroll, the summit of Helabhal Beag (the southern table) can be reached in about 2-3 hours.  Note the sarcasm…  although this is not like climbing Ben Nevis, it is a bit more than a wee stroll!  Whether you go for the summit, or enjoy the view from nearby, MacLeod’s Tables are full of history – and mystery… if you’ve heard the story of St. Columba. The hotel dining room has views of the Cuillins across Loch Roag on a nice day. The restaurant menu does vary and includes of traditional Scottish fayre, using the finest local produce and it is complemented by a select wine list. I’d recommend trying the Baked Mallaig herrings with basil butter as a starter, or perhaps Loch Dunvegan Langoustines, before moving on to the main course. Hearty main courses are numerous, and all mouth-watering. Consider the Scottish Sirloin Steak served with a whisky & cream sauce or Skye Salmon en-croute with fresh leek cream.  Top it all off with a traditional home-made clootie dumpling for dessert.

Whatever the season, enjoy an after dinner beverage in the lounge.  Cooler months, cozy up in front of the open log fire and in summer, enjoy the views over Loch Roag.  There are, of course, a number of traditional malt whiskies, including none other than Talisker, a native of Skye.  The Talisker distillery is just down the road at Carbost and available for tours. Room tariffs can be found on the weblink below.  Address: Dunorin House Hotel, Herebost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GZ Telephone: 01470521488 Website:  Dunorin House Hotel Website