Kylesku Hotel

‘Absolutely charming’ owners, ‘wonderful’ food and an atmosphere of ‘informal warmth’ draw fans to this well-loved hotel in ‘one of the wildest and most beautiful locations’. More

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Kylesku Hotel
IV27 4HW
01971 502231
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Hotel information


11. 4 in annexe, 1 suitable for disabled.


mid-Feb–end Nov.


lounge, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi in bar and lounge, in-room TV (Freeview), small garden (tables for outside eating).

Background music

in afternoon and evenings, in bar and half the dining area.


all ages welcomed (cot £10, extra bed £25).


allowed (£10 a night), but not unattended in bedrooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B £105–£160. A la carte £45.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Absolutely charming’ owners, ‘wonderful’ food and an atmosphere of ‘informal warmth’ draw fans to this well-loved hotel in ‘one of the wildest and most beautiful locations’. The loch-side, white-painted 17th-century inn is ‘run with enthusiasm’ by Sonia Virechauveix and Tanja Lister. Frazzled minds find calm in this ‘peaceful spot’: sit by the ‘roaring’ fire in the lounge, which has ‘plenty of reading material to occupy quieter moments’. Among the ‘very stylish’ bedrooms, loch-facing rooms, with their ‘ever-changing seascapes’, are the first to go – ‘book well in advance’. A ‘fantastic’ extension finished in 2015 ‘blends well with the superb setting’, and ‘enables every diner to see the spectacular view across the loch’. The daily catch, brought from boats on the slipway in front of the hotel, informs Sonia Virechauveix’s French-inflected menu. ‘It’s not glamorous, but very tasty – seafood heaven.’ Vegetarians rejoice: plenty of interesting options, perhaps a spinach and ricotta strudel. ‘The attention to detail in the restaurant is exceptional.’ Tanja Lister is on hand at breakfast to help guests plan their day. (BW, CA, and others)

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Kylesku Hotel
IV27 4HW

Guest comments

'This was the most modest, least expensive, hotel of our trip, and the most enjoyable. Wonderful spot. So peaceful. The owners are absolutely charming. No view from our room at the rear; all the front rooms had gone months ago. It was a family room, very large bed, well decorated with a stylish statement headboard. The hotel had two public two sitting areas; one had the wonderful views. We had asked for a window seat at dinner when we booked, as we had a back bedroom. Our corner table had the most lovely view to the mountains, bathed in the evening sunshine. We had half a lobster each, followed by langoustine and scallops. My husband had date pudding, salted caramel sauce and ice-cream. I had a chocolate and almond brownie and ice-cream. It was all wonderful. The position is perfect for a few days......boat trips from the harbour into the mountains, walks and within half an hour’s drive to wonderful Handa Island. ' - Barbara Watkinson - July, 2014
'Tanja and Sonia are excellent hosts. The food is simple and very tasty. Fish and seafood is their speciality. ' - G C - May, 2014
'Our fifth visit; it will always be our favourite place. It cannot be faulted for consideration to residents, comfort and cleanliness, good food for which locals travel many miles. The most beautiful situation in the world, the road from Ullapool to Kylesku, sets the mood for what is to come. Room 5 has a magnificent view. Most of the time, there is complete silence. The lounge has a roaring fire and plenty of reading material. Staff are young, intelligent and well-trained. Sonia oversees the kitchen, and menus which are influenced by her French background. Local suppliers of fish and meat are well selected; vegetables and salads are delivered daily from a local croft. Nowhere else have we experienced such fresh fish. The bar is busy in the evenings and tables are reserved for residents in the dining room which is rather subdued at night, so we prefer to eat in the bar (same menu throughout), particularly if we are able to sit by the window. Tanja keeps a high profile at breakfast, when almost every guest can enjoy the view. Full of energy and enthusiasm, she helps guests plan their daily forays. ' - Janet & Dennis Allom - September, 2013
'A hotel where we feel comfortable and relaxed. Tanja gave a warm welcome. Delighted to discover real ale in the bar. The best sea loch views in all Scotland. The restaurant and bar have the same menus and this is a seafood haven. ' - C G - October, 2012

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