The Three Chimneys and The House Over-By

César award in 2001

An offer of tea and scones with jam and cream on arrival was ‘enjoyed enormously’ by guests who’d made a long drive to reach Eddie and Shirley Spear’s restaurant-with-rooms on Loch Dunvegan. They sat down later in the evening to the ‘beautifully executed’ eight-course Isle of Skye tasting menu. A new chef, Scott Davies, joined in 2015, as did a new manager, Paul Hughes. The Spears tell us they ‘remain firmly at the helm of their business’ as they celebrate their 30th year at the Three Chimneys. The menus will continue to be based on the ‘authentic provenance’ of local ingredients (especially Skye seafood). The unfussy bedroom suites in the building next door have loch views. ‘Our room had a patio door with steps leading down to the garden. Everything we could have wished for in a hotel room was catered for; the bathroom was spacious and well lit.’ There is a breakfast buffet, with hot food to order. A telescope is provided to watch seabirds – perhaps even porpoises. (John Holland, David Birnie)
  • A fantastic stay. The room was superb and crisply furnished, with a view over the loch, and its own external access. We got an excellent welcome from the staff. Dinner was as good as we had hoped. Breakfast a bit average but the view is a great compensations. It is at the back of beyond, which is part of its charm.

    Susan Wilmington, 22/08/2015

  • Great food, excellent rooms, friendly staff and a wonderful, if remote, location. The restaurant is excellent (we took the Taste of Skye menu of eight beautifully executed courses); the rooms are outstanding. Ours, adjacent to Reception, had a patio door with steps leading down to the garden, and a view across a minor road to Loch Dunvegan. Everything we could have wished for in a hotel room was catered for and in good working order. The bathroom was spacious and well lit and had a bath and efficient over-bath shower. There is a small lounge where pre-dinner drinks are served, and a breakfast area with a view of the loch - and a telescope to watch the sea birds. Breakfast was based on the well-tried formula of cold buffet items and hot breakfast served to order. Reception and waiting staff were, without fail, genuinely pleasant and friendly.

    John Holland, 02/09/2014

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Local attractions

Talisker Distillery
The only whisky distillery on the Island of Skye.
Armadale Castle Gardens
Ancestral home to the Lords of the Isles.
Bright Water Visitor Centre
Information on otters and other wildlife.

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Contact Details

The Three Chimneys and The House Over-By

Colbost DUNVEGAN Highland Scotland IV55 8ZT


01470 511258

Further Information


6. All on ground floor in separate building, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year except 1 Dec–14 Jan, restaurant closed for lunch Nov–Feb and Sun Oct–May.


ramps, 3 public rooms, free Wi-Fi, garden on loch.

Background music

'gentle Scottish' at breakfast and in evenings.


no under-5s at lunch, no under-8s at dinner, tea at 5 pm.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £345. Set dinner £65–£90.