The Cross at Kingussie

Kingussie, Highland

Amid the wooded mountain scenery of the Cairngorms national park, a Victorian tweed mill once driven by the rocky, rushing Gynack Burn lives on as a restaurant-with-rooms. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Amid the wooded mountain scenery of the Cairngorms national park, a Victorian tweed mill once driven by the rocky, rushing Gynack Burn lives on as a restaurant-with-rooms. More power to owners Celia and Derek Kitchingman, say trusted readers. This is ‘the best hotel we stayed in on a Highland tour’, writes one. ‘We were knocked out,’ another concurs. ‘We had a room with a small balcony overlooking the fast-flowing burn, and could lie in bed with the doors open, listening to the soothing rush of water.’ ‘Ours was a modern attic room. The bed was really comfortable, the shower excellent, the towels were of high quality.’ There are two cosy lounges, one with a log-burner. You can take a cream tea on the terrace and watch as red squirrels raid the bird feeders. In the beamed stone dining room, David Skiggs’s menus are a showcase for local produce. George Gow’s lamb and wild venison were ‘the best meat dishes either of us had tasted this year’. At breakfast, ‘not quite in the same league’, there are free-range eggs, freshly squeezed juice, Mr Gow’s bacon and sausages, smoked fish and freshly baked croissants. (Colin Bradshaw, John Holland)

Hotel details

Address

Ardbroilach Road
Kingussie
Highland
PH21 1LB
Scotland

Telephone

01540 661166

Bedrooms

8.

Open

Tues–Sat, Feb–early Jan, closed Christmas but open for New Year.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), 4-acre grounds (terraced garden, woodland), restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £130–£180, D,B&B £220–£270. Set 3-course dinner £55, 6-course tasting menu £65.

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Comments about The Cross at Kingussie

We have stayed at the Cross many times and it has never let us down. Celia and Derek are excellent hosts and make one feel very much at home. The food is outstanding. The food at the Cross is some of the best we have ever eaten. Derek has compiled a good and reasonable wine list. The service is easy and efficient but one can linger over the meal. An excellent place to relax and de-stress. - Peter Scott - August 2020
A lovely hotel and just about the best meal we have had for over a year. The quaint old tweed mill is off the main street in a quiet wooded river valley. In the modern attic room, the bed was comfortable, the shower excellent, the towels were high quality. Dinner, presided over by the owners who were friendly, knowledgeable but pleasantly relaxed, was sensational - as was the wine list. Breakfast wasn't quite in the same league but was very good; excellent coffee . - Colin Bradshaw - September 2019
The best hotel we stayed in during a tour of the Highlands this summer. Our room with a small balcony overlooked the fast flowing Gynack Burn; we could lie in bed with the doors open to the world beyond listening to the soothing rush of water. Food, served in a pretty ground-floor dining room was excellent. Derek was especially knowledgeable about wine, and justly proud of his espresso coffee machine. The spacious lounge has ample books and games for inclement weather. There are some beautiful walks from the back of the hotel - John Holland t Kingus - July 2019
A hidden gem. Delicious and innovative menu. Very comfortable accommodation. - Carol and Robin Fulton - May 2019

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide