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“The King of Cullen Skink” 4 of 5 stars
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Davies Brae, Mallaig PH41 4QY, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #8 of 24 Mallaig B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“The King of Cullen Skink”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2008

Looking forward to a nice fish meal we headed to Mallaig as one of the best place on the west coast.
We had already a couple o places in our mind but, to our surprise, when we got to Mallaig all the restaurant were closed.
Walking the streets next to the harbor we looked for any place to have a meal with a reduced expectation of getting quality food.
As we walked a road uphill there was the The Chlachain Inn which , to our luck , was open.
The atmosphere can remind of a brand new pub in Glasgow city center where you go more for a pint then for a meal.
To our surprise, despite serving a Lunch Bar meal , the quality was amazing.
The option for seafood are just 2 which is comprehensible being a bar serving meals and not a restaurant.
Quickly my friend spot the Cullen Skink and i suggest to continue with the mussels.
After about 10/15 minutes tasting a pint here comes the lovely fish soup.
First look was just a soup slightly thicker then a normal one but is a big party for your taste spots!
You can really taste the salmon in it and plenty of other delicious fishes.
To be honest we both would have had another bowl rather then the main course!
It was really an excellent blend of flavors.
The mussels were nice as well. Cooked with shallots, the most common way of having them here in the UK.
They tasted good as well but the expectation was higher after the soup.

Everything taken into account is a bargain for the price as all the bar meals generally are.
If you go there Cullen Skink is a must!

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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2007

This is an inn in the true sense of the word i.e. a pub with rooms. Nevertheless the rooms are clean and comfortable but the walls are paper thin; you could have a conversation with your neighbours. Plumbing is very noisy. Earplugs are a must but if you do have them it's a good option if a bit pricey for what you're getting. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful.
I didn't eat in the Chlachain but went to The Fish Market Restaurant, just down the road, well worth it!

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2007

Stayed here on our way through from Skye.Mallaig itself was a bit of a disappointment(nice enough looking place,but the 2 public bars looked a bit rough+there wasn't much going on)but not the Chlachain inn. Maggie,the owner couldn't be nicer+the rooms were very tastefully decorated+some thoughtful additions,like complimentary midge repellant+a deck of cards.also very quiet considering they were above the Bar.Personally thought the breakfast was great+the food the previous evening was great also.Nice +modern inside.Bit of a wine bar feel to it.

  • Liked — Tasteful rooms
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2006

Just back from a one night stay at the Chlachain Inn, during a short tour of the Highlands. Off-season, it seemed to be the only place to stay in Mallaig. Booking was easy with the friendly owner and good value at around £50 for a double room with breakfast.

I was a wee bit worried about booking here, as the rooms are above a busy bar, but the sound insulation was fantastic and the rooms upstairs were very quiet from below. Expect to hear a bit of noise between the dividing walls of each room, but nothing to keep you awake at night.

The room itself was above average for the price - nice and cosy with a good bathroom and simple, neutral furnishings. The decor in particular was a relief, as most Scottish guest houses are usually decorated in a hideous mix of clashing patterns - always with a bit of tartan thrown in!

Breakfast wasn't the best I've ever had, but adequate and served in the pleasant surroundings of the bar.

It was great to see something fresh and modern in the middle of the Scottish Highlands and I'd recommend anyone taking the glorious trip to Mallaig to stay at the Chlachain Inn - but drive carefully along the "Road To The Isles"!

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Address: Davies Brae, Mallaig PH41 4QY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Mallaig
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Ranked #8 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Mallaig
Number of rooms: 4
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Chlachain Inn Mallaig, Scotland

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