This traditional hotel is situated on the edge of Loch Hourn, with fantastic views across Skye, the mainland and the tiny Isle of Ornsay. Its emphasis on local character and the spoken Scots Gaelic language give it a strong character.
Duisdale House Hotel
This former hunting lodge is situated in leafy gardens and overlooks the sea. Inside, the decor is stylish and bright, with an Art Deco theme throughout. The lounge has an open fireplace, while the restaurant’s glass-paneled roof and walls capture the woodland and ocean views. Anne and Ken, the hotel’s owners, have a particular affiliation with boating, evident in nautical elements dotted about the rooms, particularly the Chart Room, the hotel’s more relaxed dining option. This serves light lunches and early evening meals from an à la carte menu, while the main restaurant has a two AA rosette fine-dining menu. Both use fresh, local ingredients and meals can be complemented by a wide selection of wines, local gins or whiskies.
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The rooms are decorated in shades of muted gold, green, gray and russet, and vary in size and view. Otherwise all facilities remain the same, except in the cozy rooms, which are the smallest and don’t have a minibar. Most rooms have a shower over the bath, but there are some which have just a shower. The garden suite has two bedrooms and a separate living area, and is situated within the garden, away from the main house. All rooms have a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Duisdale House is on the south of the Isle of Skye, just a 15 minute drive from both the ferry port and the Skye Bridge. Surrounded by woodland, the hotel overlooks the sea and faces back towards the mainland and Loch Hourn. It takes about 50 minutes to drive to Portree, the main town on Skye.
Food and drink
The hotel has two restaurants, which use fresh, local ingredients. The main restaurant is glass fronted and looks out towards the sea. Breakfast is served here, as well as a fine dining menu in the evenings. The Chart Room is a smaller, nautical-themed room in which the hotel’s bar is located. This offers a more casual menu, serving lunch and an early evening meal from an à la carte menu.
Facilities and activities
Guests have access to an exclusive outdoor hot tub, located in the hotel’s gardens. It’s also possible to book a number of activities from the property, including a private yacht experience with Anne and Ken, the owners. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and there’s also a guest computer in the corridor.
There’s no lift within Duisdale House, although staff are on hand to assist with your luggage, if needed.
Duisdale House is a really comfortable, stylish property with excellent dining options, and we particularly love how friendly the staff are.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Enjoy exclusive access to lakeside Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland. This guided tour takes in a short cruise to see the impressive structure from the water as well as a private meeting with the estate manager.
Try your hand at fly fishing in the renowned River Snizort on the Isle of Skye. A local ghillie (hunting and fishing guide) will help you perfect your casting technique and bag a catch of Atlantic salmon.
Explore the wilds of northern Skye on this flexible full-day tour that takes you to the most dramatic of the island's landscapes. You'll see towering rock pinnacles, powerful waterfalls and windswept beaches alongside verdant hillsides and fast-flowing rivers.