This is now our seventh Hogmanay at Kingsmills and I can certainly say that we are already ecstatic about returning for an eighth Hogmanay on 28th December 2013 if not before- that was how fantastic our whole experience from 28th December 2012 to 2nd January 2013 was! The Kingsmills amazed us in every way this Hogmanay and the Highlands and Islands Tourism 'Best Hotel' award that the hotel won last year is extremely well deserved.
The staff are absolutely amazing and go out of their way to ensure that their guests have a fantastic time. My sister is a fussy eater, but thanks to the food and beverage team being so accommodating, a delicious, simpler alternative to the dishes on the table d'hote menu (such as chicken and chips rather than a chicken roulade) was always offered and she always thoroughly enjoyed it! Members of the management team greeted us like long lost friends as soon as we walked through the door, being very helpful in assisting us in getting our very heavy luggage to our room, and the manager and his assistant were always there for a chat in the evenings and asking to make sure everyone was enjoying their experience- which we without one shadow of a doubt were!
The rooms, 203 and 205, were exceptionally comfortable and cosy- particularly the beds which are the softest most comfortable beds I have ever slept on! They are always extremely warm and inviting, beautifully decorated with tartan armchairs, rich red throws and Highland paintings, and spotlessly clean. The bathrooms are also extremely clean with giant luxurious baths and power showers.
The lounge and bar area is extremely comfortable and cosy, with big, squidgy sofas, inviting warm décor and a beautiful tartan carpet! Worth spending some time here relaxing with some Irn-Bru or coffee or a wee dram!
Food quality was- in one word- magnificent. Every meal was imaginatively prepared to wonderful traditional Scottish recipes, as well as a few creative fusion recipes using the finest fresh local ingredients and tasted to die for. The chef and his team must be congratulated for their creativity and talent- highlights were the perfectly-cooked Wester Ross venison medallions on 29th December, the mocha crème brulee, the Cullen skink and salmon en croute on 30th December, the fillet of black isle beef on the Hogmanay gala menu and the spectacular grand buffet on New Year's Day- which was truly irresistible and had some of us going up for five courses! Especially delicious were the partan bree (crab soup), the cheese and tomato gnocchi and chocolate mousse on this buffet. Breakfast was also always very tasty with a huge choice of cooked and cold options, and the choice on the New Year's Day brunch was outstanding- particularly the venison sausage! The highlight, though, had to be the most mouth-wateringly delicious bowl of haggis, neeps and tatties in all the Highlands which was enjoyed at the Hogmanay ceilidh at 1am- so delicious some of us went back for two or even three more bowls.
No Scottish Hogmanay would be complete without entertainment and I have to say, the Kingsmills excelled itself once again in providing the most fabulous Hogmanay fun. A huge highlight was the Segway safari on New Year's Day which gave guests the opportunity to ride a Segway through the hotel's beautiful gardens- what tremendous New Year's Day fun! Though the Michael Buble tribute act on 30th December was not to my tastes, other members of my family thoroughly enjoyed it and had a wonderful time dancing, I have to say the hotel has done fantastically well in providing entertainment for everyone. The ceilidh and disco at Hogmanay was a huge highlight and struck the perfect balance between traditional Scottish and pop music- and also showcased some of Scotland's pop music talent! Bruce MacGregor and friends provided the most amazing display of Highland fiddling, Gaelic song and plenty of craic to finish off a fantastically fun New Year's Day!
The hotel did put on activities for Hogmanay package guests throughout each day, but if your passion is Highland touring when in Inverness, you're in the best possible location to explore the most stunning corners of the Highlands. Loch Ness is just down the road, the awe-inspiring Torridon mountains an hour and a half away, Applecross and the Wester Ross coast two hours away via a breathtaking mountain road, every road from Inverness will take you away into gorgeous scenery with the vista changing at every corner!
When you've had a Highland expedition, there is always a beautifully warm spa bath and delightful little swimming pool- always quiet and relaxing- to enjoy in the leisure club.
Thank you so much Kingsmills for all your hard work in making this the best Hogmanay ever. No matter when you come to Kingsmills though, you can be assured of a warm welcome, a cosy room, delicious food at every meal and a hot, relaxing spa- we can guarantee!
Best wishes, Edward, Linda, Alan and Georgina, Rooms 203 and 205
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Thank you for the very detailed and extremely positive review of you and your family's Hogmanay experience. We do take a huge amount of planning and personal ownership to ensure all our plans are delivered to the the highest possible level of service whilst remaining friendly, cosy and informal in the most. Chef will delight with your feedback on the food and he will be inspired to write up more inspired menus for next year, which we will have complete by the end of this month. I look forward to welcoming you and the family back to Kingsmills Hotel once again.
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