“Finest Skye produce in a glorious setting” - AA Inspector
The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef and reassessment will take place in due course. A contender for a ‘remotest country hotel’ award, the handsome whitewashed house sits in a wild and elemental location, making a memorable sight when it comes into view as you follow the single-track lane along Loch na Dal, with the Sound of Sleat as a glorious backdrop. And so it should, since this is the ancestral home of the high chief of the Clan Donald, and was turned into a hotel and restaurant by the current incumbents, Godfrey (the 34th hereditary Lord MacDonald) and Lady Claire, a renowned cookery writer, although the mantle has now been passed to daughter Isabella who continues the same ethos of elegant dining in a seriously comfortable retreat. Kinloch maintains a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere in its modestly elegant public rooms, while dark grey walls and antique paintings make for a refined, traditional setting in the dining room.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 55
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 5
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 19
- Cuisine style: French, Scottish
- 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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