Lads, if you are ever in a situation where you want to earn some Brownie Points with your better half, then I can think of few better ways than taking mini-break at the Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye.
Even though the price initially seems a bit stiff at £400 per night. This is for full bed, breakfast and evening meal for two, and it can be split into two affordable chunks – a £160 deposit when booking and the remainder on departure. We booked a couple of months in advance which took the sting out of the bill.
We were there in early August and were fortunate to enjoy beautiful weather for the duration of our stay. For a few extra pounds you can have a room with a view, and we had one which opened out on to the exquisite Sound of Sleat, a wonderful enriching experience first thing in the morning. Goodness knows how those poor souls who ply their trade in the big cities are ever able to tear themselves away from this wonderful place.
The hotel itself is warm and comforting rather than grand and ostentatious. The staff are fantastic, very warm, welcoming and endlessly helpful without once slipping into sycophancy or intrusiveness. A very thin dividing line which they are able to negotiate with effortless ease. Clearly selected on attitude as well as skills, the highest compliment I can pay is that they reminded me of the staff at The Gleneagles.
The evening meal was extremely well orchestrated, with guests first being ushered into a drawing room where we were plied with drinks and starters or ‘amuses’ as I believe they are called. It’s all done in such a way as to encourage conversation among guests and we spent a very pleasant time with a fine lad from the US and a father/son combo from the Central Belt. Dinner itself was a very pleasant affair with four or five different courses, all delicious and all a first time experience – just as you would hope for in a place like this.
At breakfast, as well as the traditional bacon and eggs I had the most fantastic porridge I’ve ever tasted in my life, which is a big statement for a Scotsman to make. And then we were off exploring the beautiful Isle of Skye and Wester Ross. My only regret was we hadn’t booked for more than one night. Next time I fall foul of my partner I know exactly where to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kinloch Lodge, the home of world-renowned cook and author Claire Macdonald and her husband Godfrey, high chief of the Clan Donald. Enjoy exquisite views and sumptuous food in their ancestral home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kinloch Hotel Sleat
- Kinloch Lodge Isle Of Skye/Sleat, Scotland