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“Beauty on the Isle of Skye” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Balmacara Mains Guesthouse

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Balmacara Mains Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 4 Balmacara B&B and Inns
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beauty on the Isle of Skye”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at this scenic guesthouse. The view from our room was beyond beautiful looking on the water which constantly changed as the weather rolled by, including a beautiful rainbow. Comfortable room and relaxed atmosphere, breakfast a 10, on a closed terrace with also the view of the sea. Behind the buildings a mystical forest inviting hikes. All in all, a very special place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stayed just the one night as we were on a cycling tour of the Highlands and Syke. Great place to stay with good rooms, amazing views and the best breakfast of our tour. Will definitely return, just to have the breakfast again (and again)

Check out the photos the moon over the water was amazing.

Room Tip: We had two twins , room 4 and 6 , and they were both great
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HowardB49
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We wanted to explore Skye for th first time and chose Balmacara Mains as most of the top rated B&Bs on Skye were already booked. A good decision as booking somewhere on Skye would have added between 1/2hr and 1 hr to what was already a long drive from the Lakes.

This is a business, not a homely B&B, but this was not a problem - the staff were very helpful, the breakfasts good and the room comfortable with all facilities.

Norman helped with information on local restaurants (see separate reviews of The Waverley & Plocton Hotel and and a very helpful receptionist gave us good tips on travelling around Skye

Room Tip: Pay extra for room 8 - it's on the first floor above the breakfast room & is large and well...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brian S
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Stavanger, Norway
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

We spent one night in Balmacara Mains in May. Accommodation options with good reviews were a bit sparse so I was happy when we found this place. We got the last room-room 7 the luxury double. The guesthouse has a lovely setting looking out over Loch Alsh to Skye. Unfortunately our room looked out to the back so we only got a view of the garden. The room was large with nice modern furnishings and an extremely comfy large bed. The bathroom was also great-huge with a massive bath. Our room had an internal door to one of the other rooms and although it was locked it didn't give much of a sound barrier so unfortunately we could clearly hear the conversation in the next room which wasn't great. This together few cobwebs in corners and a slow draining sink made me question the £120 we paid for the night.

The remote location is very pretty but also means you will need to drive or take a taxi for dinner. We booked into the Waverly in Kyle and the taxi was £8 each way.

Breakfast was good with various hot options and fresh fruit and yogurt. It was served in the front room with lovely views out over the Loch.

Overall a nice B&B but not worth the £120 we paid for the night. We stayed in a superb B&B the night before in Oban for a similar price. That was worth the money. This one not quite in my opinion.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

The Guesthouse is situated on the shore of Loch Alsh in a beautiful, peaceful and quiet location. The room was adequate with a comfortable bed but why only one chair? There were two Velux widows that when standing provided a view of the loch. No bath but there was a very large shower cabinet. There is a TV with Free view channels and free Wi-Fi is available.
The Balmacara Mains Breakfast of bacon, egg, sausage, black pudding, tomato and mushrooms was excellent and can be recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Highland-Mike
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Fife
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34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed here in Easter break Apr 2013. Spotless room, crisp white linen, excellent bathroom. The view from the room was fantastic over the loch. As it was located just down a wee road, away from the hustle and bustle, it was such a quiet and peaceful location.

A fantastic stony beach to have a stroll on after our journey to stretch the legs and at breakfast time to wake the senses. Breakfast served in a great room with the view out over the loch. Full breakfast or for myself, French toast, thick tasty bacon and maple syrup set us up for the day ahead.

Overall, peaceful, quiet and out of the way location for a great nights sleep in comfy beds.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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glasgow
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Just spent 3 wonderful days at balmacara mains with my fiance. Balmaca Mains is in a fantastic setting with stunning views and the room was exceptinally comfortable. The stay was made even more enjoyable by the onsite manager Norman who was so endearing and turned out to be such a character with a great knowledge of the local area. His breakfasts are to write home about.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kenny M
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Property: Balmacara Mains Guesthouse
Address: Balmacara Mains Book Direct with us for the best rate | By Kyle of Lochalsh, Balmacara IV40 8DN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochalsh > Balmacara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Balmacara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterfront contemporary boutique B&B Guesthouse on the shores of Loch Alsh with great views to Skye. Great base for touring the Isle of Skye, and the Lochalsh peninsula. All rooms high quality, en suite, and with own private entrance. Near Plockton and Eilean Donan Castle also. ... more   less 
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