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Ullinish Country Lodge

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Inventive Scottish cooking on the wild west coast

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Marooned on the wild west coast of Skye, with the hulking rock formations of Black Cuillin and MacLeod's Tables looming behind you for company, and little skerries popping up out of the water, Ullinish lacks for neither dramatic scenery nor soul-deep tranquillity. Messrs Johnson and Boswell liked it anyway when they stayed in 1773, and were gratified to see a garden. Inside the old Lodge, dark wood, plum-coloured walls and tartans predominate, as does a sense of genuinely warm hospitality. David Smith's inventive modern Scottish dishes hit the mark too, as witness a satisfying combination of seared scallop, white crabmeat rolled in a slice of Granny Smith, and celeriac purée in herbed velouté. Fine prime materials are allowed the starring roles in main dishes such as breast and confit leg of Barbary duck with parsley roots in red wine jus, or crisp-skinned roasted stone bass with gnocchi and asparagus in sauce Normande, and then the final flourish brings on thick-based passionfruit cheesecake with mango gel and coconut sorbet. Sneaked in between the main and a pre-dessert comes a single showcased cheese, such as Isle of Arran Cheddar with pineapple chutney. Incidentals adorn the menu all the way through, from well-made canapés to irresistible petits fours, including (if you're lucky) a cardamom-laced chocolate truffle.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 24 December to 31 January
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7.30
  • Dinner served until: 8.30

Chef

  • Chef: David Smith

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 40
  • Wines over £30: 36
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Facilities

  • Seats: 22
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 22

Getting here

9 miles south of Dunvegan on A863

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