Kinloch Lodge nestles at the foot of Kinloch Hill on the tranquil shoreline of the sea-loch Na Dal in Sleat on the “wildly romantic” Isle of Skye. It’s the highland home of Claire and Godfrey Macdonald and there are photographs of the family all around, making it feel as though you’re staying with them as guests. Don’t forget to pay though.
It’s always good to be offered a glass of wine when you arrive as you fill out your details and check in – starts the visit off on the right note. We stayed in the annex [sounds like a youth hostel] which was fine, and had great views. There’s your own ground floor sitting room, complete with library and whiskey honesty bar. After dinner they haul a tray across the courtyard with your coffee. All very civilised.
There’s a lovely walk along the edge of the moor, overlooking the loch, visiting an abandoned village. Plenty of other local walks and throughout Skye.
The restaurant has a Michelin star, retained for the fifth year for 2015. Recognised internationally, Kinloch was cited as one of the world’s top 25 small hotels in Conde Naste Traveller Magazine.
Restaurant with rooms Kinloch Lodge