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Balmacara Mains Guesthouse

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Waterfront contemporary boutique B&B Guesthouse on the shores of Loch Alsh with great views to Skye. Great base for touring the Isle of Skye, and the Lochalsh peninsula. All rooms high quality, en suite, and with own private entrance. Near Plockton and Eilean Donan Castle also.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Special diet menus
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
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Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Laura Coe wrote a review Oct 2023
Mintlaw, United Kingdom4 contributions
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Absolutely beautiful stay, we were there for 2 nights and it was just perfect. We were in Room 3 and it was really nice, your own entrance and wee vestibule was lovely especially in the mornings, parked the car right outside. What a great breakfast selection cold buffet with the hot food made to order, the Stornaway black pudding was a great surprise as it’s our favourite and quite hard to find where we are from. The grounds around the guesthouse are just beautiful. The only thing we noticed about the area was the lack of restaurants and takeaways. Their wee breakfast room was beautiful with views over the loch and was great meeting the other guests all the staff we met were lovely especially the young Canadian guy
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Teri K wrote a review Oct 2022
Aspen, United States8 contributions
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The staff at Balmacara Mains are the true treasure of this place - the property, amazing breakfast and comfortable beds, and views, are added bonuses! So convenient to visit the Isle of Skye from this property!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tillyseattle wrote a review Sept 2022
Washington250 contributions90 helpful votes
This was a beautiful room, quite spacious, nice sized bathroom. When we arrived to the room, we could both feel ourselves relax. We had a downstairs room, and the only negative was when 2 people arrived upstairs, it sounded like they were dancing and/or moving furniture back and forth across the floor (there are rude people everywhere). But the room, and the home, were great ! Breakfast was quite good also. We would stay here again, but be sure to get an upstairs view room.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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TulaKitty wrote a review Sept 2022
Santa Rosa, California330 contributions164 helpful votes
Loved this little B&B just before entering the Isle of Skye. We loved our cozy room. I don’t mean cozy as in small as the room was quite spacious. It just had a cozy feel to it. We have a view of the loch in front of the hotel with walking trails around. The WiFi signal was strong, but no USB outlets. Large, spacious bathroom with good water pressure. Breakfast was good with a selection of a hot breakfast as well as yogurt, granola, fruit and toast. We had a flat tire when we woke up in the morning and the host let us use the phone to call for assistance. Turns out the repair shop was about 5 minutes away, which was a bonus. This B&B is very close to the Eilean Donan castle. There is no dinner facilities near the inn, but a car is necessary as this location is somewhat remote. We stayed in a number of places over the two weeks we were in the UK and this one was one of our favorites. Would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anne F wrote a review Jul 2022
Lichfield15 contributions12 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night in mid-June on our way to Skye. It is situated in a beautiful spot on the shores of Loch Alsh, which our room overlooked. It is quite close to the main road, but you would never guess that from it's peaceful setting. Our room was clean and comfortable, but maybe in need of a few touches of t.l.c., as it was a little tired in places in the bathroom. We were aware of the lack of restaurants nearby (having read the website) and we made sure to have our main meal in the day, although the owners are happy to let guests use the dining area for take-aways from Kyle of Lochalsh (as some did whilst we were there). Breakfast was plentiful and hot options cooked to order. We would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Linda E wrote a review Jun 2022
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This is a difficult one, the location is lovely, we had room 8 which has a great view out over the loch and is furnished beautifully but it is definitely more like a small hotel than a BB. It seems to be run without the personal touch that we had experienced in other properties around our nc500 trip. Supplying bedside tables would also have been preferable to having to use a chair as we did during our stay. Beware also that this room although probably with the nicest view is over the breakfast room so be prepared for the staff arrival at 730am, not a problem for us but could be for others. A nice touch was the ability to use the kitchen in the evening.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Rocket_Man0691 wrote a review May 2022
Phoenix, Arizona341 contributions163 helpful votes
Stayed for 2 nights on a hiking trip. Arrived late and found there are very few restaurants in the area. Found a convenience store and cobbled together some meat and cheeses. Host kindly set us up a table with cutlery, ice, napkins etc. Rooms have nice views are decent sized and clean. Good breakfast choices in the mornings. About a 15 minute drive to Eileen Donna castle, little less to to the trailhead of falls of glomach. The second night we did venture out to eat but the three nearby restaurants were fully booked on a Tuesday night
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RhodySeth wrote a review May 2022
35 contributions10 helpful votes
We had a wonderful two night stay here at Balmacara Mains. Host Dougie was very knowledgeable about the area and happy to assist with our hiking plans. He and Jennie prepared us a wonderful breakfast both days. The rooms are accessed from the outside which I appreciated. Modern clean rooms and the views of the Loch and hills beyond and incredible.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Room 6 is on the second floor with a huge window overlooking the loch. I recommend it.
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Sean P wrote a review Apr 2022
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I often do a lot of research before booking a room but in this case I did not. Balmacara Mains just happened to be in the ideal place close to Skye and Eilean Donan Castle, well what and incredible surprise it turned out to be! We were greeted by Jenny, who was super friendly and welcoming, the rooms are spotlessly clean and very well appointed, we have just spent 15 days on a trip around the lochs, the NC500 and the Isle of Skye and this was by far the most comfortable bed of the 14 different hotels we stayed at. As a guest house there is no evening food option but there are many local places to eat either nice restaurants or simple takeaway (which we went for) Jenny was able to provide a large folder full of menus from different options for guests to look through. The guest house has a homely, comfortable feel with a lovely lounge area where you can play games or watch TV (we played cards) The breakfast was epic! The best French toast I have ever had. Genuinely cannot recommend this place enough it was really lovely, comfortable and very, very peacful.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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washington_wahine wrote a review Oct 2021
Seattle, Washington2792 contributions626 helpful votes
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We spent quite a bit of time trying to decide where to stay for a short foray to this part of Scotland. Flying into Inverness from the States around midafternoon, we did not want to drive all the way to Skye on our first day yet wanted to be within easy distance of some of the hiking trails. Balmacara Mains was in the right place at the right time. It took a little less than two hours to drive from INV, and we went through some beautiful territory along the A890. The staff had made a reservation in Plockton for dinner, which was lovely, and the next day we spent exploring Kilt rock, the Quirang, and Old Storr. Rested at the guesthouse, then had an easy drive back to Inverness and on to Speyside. The guesthouse is somewhere in between a boutique hotel and a B & B - the rooms are a bit creaky in places but the bed is comfy and the bathrooms are modern with plenty of hot water. The setting is just wonderful - some of the rooms look out over the moody Loch Alsch, and the shoreline and woods surrounding the house are open for exploration. It's wonderfully peaceful and picturesque. The room temperature was a bit difficult to adjust and the decor was maybe slapdash but not outdated, but for the price point, all was acceptable. It fit our needs, but if you are not rushing, consider Portree.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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£106 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balmacara Mains Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Balmacara Mains Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Plockton Harbour (3.5 miles), Otter Hide (4.1 miles), and Skye Bridge (3.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Balmacara Mains Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Balmacara Mains Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Balmacara Mains Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Balmacara Mains Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Croft Cafe, The Shores, and PizzaJo.
Is Balmacara Mains Guesthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the centre of Balmacara.
Are there any historical sites close to Balmacara Mains Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Clachan Duich Burial Ground (2.2 miles).
Does Balmacara Mains Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Balmacara Mains Guesthouse accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.