Good Hotel Guide Review
‘The welcome was superb, the setting magical, the staff were friendly and helpful,’ writes a reader in 2019, of Lord and Lady Macdonald’s former hunting lodge on the shores of Loch Na Dal. It owes much of its charm to the Macdonalds’ daughter, Isabella, the long-time manager. ‘Luxurious’ bedrooms, in the main house and extension, have a colour palette that reflects the Isle of Skye landscape; antiques and original artwork. Most look over the loch or towards Kinloch hill. The house ‘still has very much the feel of a home, with family portraits and photographs’. Roux-trained Marcello Tully’s creative, locally sourced dishes include Shetland cod, Harris gin and citrus sauce; Black Isle lamb fillet, cashew and black olive, dauphinoise potatoes. One reader this year found the first meal ‘superb’, but would have liked the menu to vary more thereafter. But ‘the magnificent cheeseboard was a real delight’. The ‘excellent’ breakfast brings home-stewed prunes and apricots with crème fraîche; scrambled Armadale eggs with South Uist hot-smoked salmon; Lochalsh sausages and Mallaig kippers. A ghillie organises all manner of outdoor activities. (David Ganz, and others)
Isle of Skye
19. 10 in North Lodge, 9 in South Lodge. 3 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
3 drawing rooms, whisky bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), wedding facilities, cookery courses, ‘huge’ grounds on edge of loch, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
gentle classical in dining room.
all ages welcomed.
in bedrooms only, and not unattended.
per person, B&B £130–£210, D,B&B £150–£250. Set dinner (5 courses) £85, tasting menu (7 courses) £95.