The Cross at Kingussie

Kingussie, Highland

'Derek and Celia are skilled and charming hosts. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Derek and Celia are skilled and charming hosts. We cannot speak too highly of them.’ Warm approval this year from a Guide reader, for the Kitchingmans’ restaurant-with-rooms in a converted Victorian tweed mill. Bedrooms are ‘very well equipped’, supplied with fresh coffee, biscuits, Arran Aromatics toiletries. ‘Our room had a lovely view over the Gynack Burn, with the soothing sound of mountain water rattling over stones.’ Pine furniture seemed a little passé, pictures and ornaments almost too numerous; ‘But I quibble; it was very comfortable.’ The dining room has beams, stone walls, an open fire. ‘Delicious canapés arrived with our drinks.’ Chef David Skiggs displays impressive skill. A ‘beautifully cooked’ quail and foie gras starter was followed by ‘perfectly cooked’ halibut, a ‘wonderfully tender’ steak, strawberry cheesecake with a ‘fantastic’ sorbet. Breakfast brought freshly squeezed orange juice, ‘good pain au chocolat’, ‘faultless’ smoked haddock with poached egg. Sit on the terrace by the burn and you might spot herons, red squirrel, roe deer. ‘The location is beautiful and one is unaware that the hotel is in a town.’ (David Birnie)

Hotel details


Ardbroilach Road
PH21 1LB


01540 661166




closed Christmas and Jan, except Hogmanay, Sun and Mon.


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

Background music



all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B £100–£200, D,B&B £200–£280. Set 3-course 
dinner £55, 6-course tasting menu 
£65. À la carte £55.

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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