The Cross at Kingussie

Kingussie, Highland

Take afternoon tea on the terrace at this former Victorian tweed mill and you hear nothing but birdsong and the plash of the Gynack Burn that once powered the looms. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Take afternoon tea on the terrace at this former Victorian tweed mill and you hear nothing but birdsong and the plash of the Gynack Burn that once powered the looms. In leafy seclusion on the edge of town in the Cairngorms national park, with ‘beautiful walks from the door’, this restaurant-with-rooms with ‘outstanding food’ and ‘hosts that make you feel very much at home’ is ‘an excellent place to relax and de-stress’. The larger bedrooms overlook the burn, one with French windows to a small balcony. All are presented in contemporary-cum-cottage style, in colours inspired by the surrounding hills. After drinks in one of the cosy lounges, you can eat in the beamed dining room or alfresco. Chef here since 2014, David Skiggs wins plaudits for his imaginative cooking of local, seasonal ingredients. His fixed-price, three-course menu includes dishes such as wild halibut with fish velouté and Parmesan gnocchi. Let them know if you want veggie options. ‘The food was so beautifully rich that neither of us had room for dessert.’ At breakfast there are local butcher’s sausages and bacon, smoked fish, free-range eggs. (PS, and others)

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, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

D,B&B doubles from £200 (B&B sometimes available by arrangement, from £130). Fixed-price 3-course dinner £60, 6-course tasting menu £75.

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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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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.