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Skeabost Hotel, Isle of Skye

Skeabost Hotel

Situated on the shores of Loch Snizort Beag, a 15-minute drive from Portree, the Skeabost Hotel offers a warm and comfortable retreat. The hotel has two lounges where you can curl up in front of the fire with a whisky in elegant yet relaxed surrounds. Bedrooms have grand, dark wooden furniture and are decorated in traditionally Scottish grays and purples. Food is served in the casual setting of the restaurant adjacent to the bar or, in summer, in the larger dining room overlooking the loch. The River Snizort runs past the Skeabost and is an excellent place to fish for salmon with the hotel’s ghillie (hunting and fishing attendant). You can also play golf on the hotel’s small, lochside nine-hole course.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

Rooms vary in size and outlook, with some overlooking the loch and others the garden or woodland. They’re furnished with grand dark-wood furniture, and many have their own touches, such as a period fireplace or a stained glass window, reflecting the hotel’s history. Furnishings are contemporary and high quality, with traditionally Scottish gray and purple shades throughout. Superior rooms have four-poster beds and garden rooms have their own decking area with outdoor seating. All rooms feature a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Location

The Skeabost Hotel is just a 15-minute drive from Portree. The Quiraing (popular for hill walking) can be reached in about 40 minutes by car, and the Old Man of Storr (another well-known feature for hikers) in about half an hour.

Food and drink

Breakfast is a cold buffet of pastries, fruit and yogurt, with a selection of hot dishes available from an à la carte menu. There’s an extensive à la carte menu for dinner, which can be served in the relaxed restaurant room or in the large dining room that looks out across the gardens toward the loch. Afternoon tea is served in both hotel lounges.

Facilities and activities

Through the hotel you can book to go fly fishing with the local ghillie. Half-day lessons can also be arranged. There’s a nine-hole shoreline golf course directly in front of the hotel.

Our opinion

A beautiful retreat, centrally located on Skye with some of the island’s most beautiful scenery only a short drive away.

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