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Stimulating cooking in the wilds of Skye

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The ancestral home of the Clan Donald high chief is a fittingly grand white building, standing in brooding isolation at the head of Loch na Dal. Unlike many such an old house, the present scions of the family still live in it, and see to it that it provides a warm island welcome to guests from far and wide. Lady Claire Macdonald has long been a cookery author in her own right, and with the extravagantly gifted Marcello Tully in the kitchens, it's clear that fine food is guaranteed to be front and centre. The fixed-price dinner menu doesn't just linger in country-house hotel territory, but mobilises exciting flavours and excellent ingredients to stimulating effect. After an opener of gently Indian-spiced butternut squash soup, it could be seared West Coast scallops bundled up in Parma ham with peanut sauce, and then sublime Angus beef fillet with a mousse of Strathdon Blue, celeriac and confit shallots, sauced in brandy. Reverse the fish and meat order, and it may be a pairing of pigeon breast and Stornoway black pudding with beetroot in citrus jus, followed by Shetland cod and Drumfearn mussels with caper pesto in cucumber and shallot dressing. Vanilla pannacotta made with crème fraîche comes with orange and mint sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Marcello Tully

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 5
  • Wines over £30: 165
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from90
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 55
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 55
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

Getting here

1 mile off main road, 6 miles south of Broadford on A851, 10 miles north of Armadale

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Kyle of Lochalsh
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