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


Tweed Mill Brae
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

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 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
A hidden gem. Delicious and innovative menu. Very comfortable accommodation. - Carol and Robin Fulton - May 2019
A memorable visit. Derek and Celia deserve the highest praise. Wonderful, innovative and perfectly cooked food. charming and sociable hosts. Their obvious love for and pride in what they do and the beautiful location make it an exceptional place to stay. - David Birnie - August 2018
Fabulous, Friendly, and Unforgettable. The building is enchanting and quaint, the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with up to date hot water and wifi, and the windows open so you can hear the stream gurgling past during the night. The common rooms are very nice with lots of reading material . The restaurant is extraordinary, both for dinner and breakfast. And the bar has a wide an innovative range of spirits, including the local Spey Scotch. The town is fairly small, so you can get out to the beautiful countryside easily. - SB - June 2017

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