Isle of Skye, Scotland, United Kingdom
At a Glance
Fantastic Michelin-starred restaurant using the very best of local Scottish produce
Relax and enjoy a drop of Scotland's national drink in the dedicated Whisky Bar
Completely off-the-beaten-track on the southern coast of the Isle of Skye
Guest rooms offer superb views of the Cuillin mountains or Loch na Dal
The perfect location for hill walking or trying outdoor pursuits such as fly fishing
Best time to Visit
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
To start planning your holiday to Kinloch Lodge
Kinloch Lodge is a warm and welcoming spot on the water's edge on the Isle of Skye. Completely off-the-beaten-track, in this cosy retreat you'll find comfortable guest rooms and roaring fires, as well as delicious meals in the Michelin-starred restaurant.
Located on the banks of Loch na Dal, a sea loch on the southern coast of the Isle of Skye, Kinloch Lodge is a family-run hotel offering the perfect Highland getaway. With just a handful of rooms, Kinloch Lodge makes for a peaceful retreat, complete with the added bonus of a Michelin-starred restaurant.
The restaurant at Kinloch Lodge is the star of the show, with Chef Director Marcello Tully creating classic Scottish dishes with a French influence and a contemporary twist. The seasonal menu makes the most of the fantastic produce available in the region, putting the spotlight on local meats and freshly-caught seafood. The Albert Roux protégé will share his skills and techniques in special cookery classes or workshops, while those simply looking to admire his work can sit at the Chef's Table, where Marcello will explain each dish in a truly immersive experience.
Kinloch Lodge's guest rooms are decorated in a classic yet contemporary style, with colours and fabrics designed to bring the scenery of the island inside. Rooms are furnished with antiques and artwork, and the majority offer picturesque views over Loch na Dal or across Kinloch Hill towards the Cuillin mountains.
A welcoming atmosphere is created in Kinloch Lodge's drawing rooms, complete with log fires and comfortable armchairs. Guests will also find a dedicated Whisky Bar providing a wide selection of Scottish whiskies, from the most iconic names to the rarer bottles. For those looking to really unwind, a variety of relaxing spa treatments is on offer, while those looking to explore the island can do so with an insightful guided walk around the area, or try fly fishing in nearby rivers.
The bedrooms at Kinloch Lodge are all spacious and comfortable, decorated in a contemporary classic style. Rooms either offer views of the sea loch, Loch na Dal, or over Kinloch Hill to the Cuillin mountains.
Children of all ages are welcome at Kinloch Lodge, however there are no specific childcare facilities.
Dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant is the highlight of a stay at Kinloch Lodge, with chef Marcello Tully creating contemporary Scottish dishes using the freshest local produce. Try sitting at the Chef's Table, located behind a glass wall looking into the kitchen, to see the team hard at work and enjoy explanations of each dish from Marcello himself.
Try cookery classes at the Michelin-starred restaurant and learn the tricks of the trade from Chef Director Marcello Tully, or alternatively relax with one of the various spa treatments on offer. For those looking to explore further afield, try fly fishing in one of the island's rivers or venture out on a wild walk with a ghillie teaching you about the local flora and fauna, as well as wilderness survival techniques.
Haile Brant (Staff)
Kinloch Lodge is the perfect stay for those looking for an unparalleled dining experience on the island, natural beauty in all directions and a peaceful place to connect with the Isle of Skye. Kinloch Lodge is a perfect jumping off point for day trips to the Fairy Pools or Trossachs, but also on the estate itself are some unique experiences. Mitch, the go to activities leader here, showed us an amazing time when foraging just around the grounds of Kinloch. Though we were not at peak bloom season, he was still able to discover naturally occurring items that one could eat or should definitely avoid.. The best time to go is in May when the mushrooms are surfacing and everything on the island is flourishing. As well as foraging, you can go on wilderness walks and try fishing. After a day of adventure, indulge in a divine dinner experience. Well known for their legendary chef Marcelo Tully, dining in Kinloch Lodge is truly an event and the team come up with a new five course menu each day to offer to guests and are happy to modify it in any way to guests preferences so as to ensure the best possible dining experience.
Gwen Nicol (Staff)
Kinloch Lodge on the isle of Skye is a historic family-owned hotel and a destination for foodies. Located on the Eastern edge of the Isle of Skye, Kinloch Lodge is easily accessed and it is would be a fantastic addition to any Scottish itinerary. Macrcello Tully, the resident chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant, offers tasting menus that will rival any meal you have ever had. The hotel is warm, friendly, traditional and in a stunning location. Some of the rooms are feeling tired but the ones in the new building are fresh and spacious and many have stunning views of the sea loch. The warm and welcoming atmosphere and the cuisine make this hotel a destination worth the journey.
Boat Cruise to Rona with Seafood Lunch
Take a scenic cruise to Rona Harbour, passing the dramatic Storr and Cullins before hiking across Rona on foot, fortified with a deliciously fresh seafood lunch.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amid a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor centre can be explored at your leisure.
Explore the unspoilt wilds of Loch Na Dal as you spend a day with a local guide, foraging for nature’s bounty in the forest and along the pristine shoreline.
The fun and spectacle of the Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral.
Sea Kayaking Adventure
The coast of Scotland features fabulous wildlife and inspiring scenery, making sea kayaking here a brilliant adventure activity for the whole family.
The Applecross Peninsula
On the mainland, to the north of the Isle of Skye lies the Applecross Peninsula. Home to just a couple of hundred people, and accessed by just two roads, this is remote peninsula features winding roads and breathtaking scenery.
Magnificently positioned above Loch Ness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle has stood for well over a thousand years. Visiting Urquhart Castle offers superlative views and a fascinating history from St Columba to the seventeenth century when it was blown up.
Location & directions
Isle of Skye, Scotland, United Kingdom
Kinloch Lodge is located near Sleat, in the south-east of the Isle of Skye.
How to get there
International flights from the US, Canada and Europe arrive directly into Glasgow and Edinburgh airports in the summer, with UK connections landing at all Scottish airports including Inverness and Aberdeen. Kinloch Lodge is approximately a five-hour drive from Edinburgh International Airport.
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