Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Staying in the inner courtyard of a 13th-century castle was always going to be unforgettable,’ writes an inspector, on a visit to Colin Nicolson and Jessica Thompson’s restaurant-with-rooms. Approached by a winding single-track road, the ‘massive fortification’ stands on a rocky sill washed by the Sound of Mull on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. ‘It has the appearance of an austere fortress but cross the drawbridge and it is a different story,’ writes a reader. ‘It is a wonderful place, which feels like a Scottish parador.’ The interior is full of ‘interesting art, antique furnishings and taxidermy’, with an oak-panelled dining room and carved staircase. Dog-friendly MacDonald suite is set over two floors, with lounge and kitchenette. MacIain has ‘a huge, very comfortable four-poster, a large shower and roll-top copper bath’. Colin’s ‘wonderfully cooked and served dishes include unusual offerings such as oyster ice cream’; ‘delicious celeriac purée and rolled orange with carrot mousse filling’. Home-baked sourdough is ‘a highlight’. ‘The breakfast sourdough smoked trout crumpet had a wow factor.’ Staff are ‘attentive and professional, warm and friendly.’ (Carol Bulloch, and others)
4, including the 2-bedroom McCain suite and self-contained MacDonald Suite within the castle walls. Not suitable for wheelchair.
20 Mar–31 Dec, closed Mon.
restaurant, wedding facilities, EV charging, 2-acre grounds.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £40 (age 2–16).
allowed in self-contained MacDonald Suite (£20 per stay, bed and bowls), and lounge, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £280, singles from £260. 5-course tasting menu £55, 8-course signature menu £85. Min 2-night stay.