Kilcamb Lodge Hotel
“Local seafood with loch views” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Right on the shore of Loch Sunart, remote Kilcamb Lodge Hotel is set amongst 22 acres of private grounds and woodland on the beautiful Ardamurchan Peninsula, famous for its otters, red squirrels and eagles. This historic house was one of the first stone buildings in the area and was used as military barracks around the time of the Jacobite uprising. It’s now a comfortable and tranquil proprietor-run hotel where warm hospitality is assured, and views are guaranteed to wow first-time visitors or returning regulars. The light and airy restaurant looks out across the grounds towards the loch and the one window table is highly prized. Traditional with floral curtains, fresh flowers at each table and candles in the evening, it’s elegant and unfussy. The cooking is accomplished and utilises produce from the area, notably seafood landed by The Kirsty Ann, a local boat that brings in fish and shellfish. Start, perhaps, with a perfectly executed roast squash, lobster and crab risotto with crispy kale, an enjoyable dish with the sweetness of both the lobster and the crab being complemented by the flavour of the roast squash. Crispy kale and samphire add contrast of colour and texture. It’s not only fish that impresses, as displayed by a pink and tender fillet and slow-cooked featherblade of Angus beef with a rich wild mushroom ragù. The long, slow cooking of the blade of beef provides plenty of flavour and chargrilled vegetables add texture and colour, as does a smooth and buttery pomme purée. The well-presented, finely tuned dishes continue right through to dessert of triple-layered chocolate brownie served with a faultless salted caramel ice cream. The high cocoa content of the chocolate provides a wonderful bitterness, and the crunch of the mini meringue adds a textural contrast.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 1 January to 1 February
- Wines under £30: 18
- Wines over £30: 50
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish, Seafood
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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