Duisdale House Hotel
Reviewed by Morag Bootland from Roslin
Duisdale House is an imposing former hunting lodge on the glorious Sleat peninsula. Like most places on Skye you're not far from the sea or from the beautiful vistas that make this island famous.
My room is spacious, as is the en-suite, with luxurious Temple Spa goodies to pamper yourself with. The bed is huge and incredibly comfy, tempting me to snooze on when I should be up and at 'em.
But early rises mean a short wander down to the deserted bay for a dip in the Sound of Sleat, where the water is crystal clear and there are only a couple of divers for company. A hearty breakfast is justified and the oak-smoked Portsoy salmon and scrambled eggs are just what the doctor ordered. Dinner is also a real treat, with the two AA rosette fine dining restaurant menu packed with Scottish produce provided by local suppliers. There's plenty of seafood on offer (the scallops are glorious) and the puds are as pretty as a picture. The steak in between was perfectly cooked to my liking and it's all rounded off with some delicious local gin.
There are beautiful views over to the Knoydart Peninsula on the mainland from the lounge and bar. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful – nothing is too much trouble. The atmosphere is relaxed despite the luxurious surroundings.
There are luxury lodges, suites and even a cottage in the large grounds to choose from, so families and couples are well catered for. Duisdale is part of the Sonas Collection of hotels that includes Toravaig and Skeabost, also on the island. I can't wait to try the others.