Kinloch Lodge
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Kinloch Lodge

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Kinloch Lodge is a special place. It is somewhere to escape the noise and speed of modern life. Somewhere to relax and recharge, where you can take things at your own pace. The Isle of Skye is frequently, justly described as one of the most spectacular places on earth. Kinloch is in a particularly beautiful part of the island: down a long drive, at the foot of a mountain and at the head of Loch na Dal. Here you will find some of Scotland’s best food, roaring fires, whisky on tap and giant beds. It can be hard to leave. Kinloch Lodge was the Macdonald family home where Godfrey and Claire raised four children (and countless beloved dogs). They opened the doors of their home as a hotel with the intention of welcoming guests as they would do through their own front door. This spirit of heartfelt family hospitality was pioneering at the time and has not changed. Today Kinloch is run by their daughter Isabella Macdonald
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Couples massage
Parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Fishing
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Allergy-free room
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Safe
Oven
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
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Iron
Private bathrooms
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Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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English
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Bridget C wrote a review Jul 2021
16 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is not a review about the outstanding position of the lodge, with wonderful views, but about the accommodation itself.
Checked in at the bar and given a nice glass of wine. Room was lovely, bed comfy and good bathroom. It is a rather strange layout throughout, with windy small corridors and no reception as such. The decor is all a bit old fashioned but that is part of the atmosphere of the lodge. It’s not a swanky hotel but a small shooting lodge typical of it’s time. The dining room was pleasant, with lots of old family portraits. The music was appalling, a dirge of either cello music or tinkling piano, and not necessary as the room was full with lots of conversation going on. We were not the only ones to complain that day but it was still playing the next.
The food was OK but certainly didn’t excite our taste buds. The menu is set with a small choice of three items for each course. Where oh! Where was the shellfish we are so proud of in Scotland. No crab, lobster, langoustines, just tiny pieces of scallop in one of the starters. Such a disappointment (‘main course fish was cod and monkfish) and unfortunately both the beef and the veal mains were tough. Cooked sou-vide I think which also does not do anything for the flavour either. Presentation of main courses with veg very similar and dull. Puds were good though and starters too apart from the cold starter served on a hot plate which staff cheerfully sorted.
The young staff were delightful, very helpful and chatty. Wine was excellent though it’s always disappointing when you find a good bottle and discover you had the last one the night before.
Over our two nights stay we were never met anyone you could say was in charge or management. This could mean all credit to the young staff but at such an establishment you would expect someone to acknowledge your presence, thank you for your custom and for parting with not an inconsiderable amount of hard earned cash.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BCJ D wrote a review Feb 2020
12 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
How can I describe Kinloch lodge in one word? Perfection.

Travelling from across the Ocean to the Isle of Skye in February is risky in its own right. Also risky is putting the responsibility on Kinloch to ensure that we were well looked after for our wedding on the island and
honeymoon .

Kinloch Lodge delivered. From moment we arrived we were made to feel like the most important guests they have ever had. What ever we needed, whenever we needed it there was staff available and happy to oblige.

The location and facilities:
Nestled into the hill side on the banks of Loch Houm we enjoyed walking trails and sea side exploring of tidal pools at all hours. We love nature from the little clams to the amazing birds and Kinloch met the mark. We had the privilege to stay in two rooms. The first at the top of the tower in the "new" building , a modern suite with a fabulous rain shower and a claw foot bathtub that lets you look at the Moon and the Loch at the same time.The second one we stayed in was equally as comfortable, equally as modern,
with a small French balcony and once more a fabulous modern bathroom with luxurious heated floors.

The food and drink:
It would take take a proper food writer to adequately describe the food experiences at kinloch lodge. My wife and I  have enjoyed some of the best restaurants in the world, and have actually dined at the best restaurant in the world (2017) and all that can be said is, this food experience was on par or better. Locally sourced food prepared with care, imagination and passion and presented with exquisite attention to detail. Chef Marcello Tully thank you for being part of our story from behind the scenes with our only regret being, not saying thank you in person.

The Staff:
All of the staff we engaged with were top shelf and eager to ensure our visit and post wedding needs were met with nothing left fogetten. From
champagne on ice at just the right time, to whipping up a plate of posh sandwiches served in the lounge with just the right Talisker to match. All served in front of the roaring lounge fire. We feel the need to personally thank Jamie the sommelier, jack of all trades and overall ambassador for the lodge. His
knowledge of food, drink, and MacDonald family history is simply amazing and added to our special experience. Customer experience clearly means something to him and we predict, with his "cracking" personality, we will see him on a TV show one-day.

Isabella, you are warm and loving, sweet and sincere. The timeless legacy of Kinloch Lodge rests well in your capable hands. You made us feel so much at home we left feeling like family.
We cannot wait for a return trip, next time, maybe,  with our children.
Kind regards.

The new Mr and Mrs
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Fee646 wrote a review Aug 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself and my family had 4 days of complete relaxation and enjoyed being totally spoiled at Kinloch Lodge Hotel.

The lovely owner of the establishment, Isabella, has a fabulous team of staff who are consistently kind, professional and sincere with the guests.

The food at Kinloch is superb, a real must for ‘foodies’. The Chefs must be highly commended for their dedication and ability to produce some of THE most fabulous meals.
Delicious combinations of local produce and imaginative execution, made for beautiful and delicious plates of food.

Staff were very knowledgeable about Kinloch’s fabulous wine menu and we enjoyed delicious wine with every meal.

The hotel itself is beautifully appointed and charming. Rooms are tastefully decorated and guests can enjoy using beautiful L’Occitane products. Complimentary slippers and water are also a lovely touch.

Kinloch Lodge Hotel is set in the most beautiful location, with gorgeous views over a sea loch and rolling hills. There are lovely walks in the grounds and along the shoreline.

We can’t wait for our next visit!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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SPM wrote a review Sept 2020
London, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Beware. Unacceptable room offered as "luxury" with no visual privacy (ground floor between the main entrance and car park with people walking in front of the only window) and no sound privacy ( we could hear people talking and loudly pacing the floor above us). Photographs below. The bathroom was dark with no natural light, a stark contrast to the bathtubs on the images of the same room category online. I booked months in advance with a special note requesting a nice room since it was our honeymoon. When we requested a different room on arrival, the manager said they were unable to help us and offered two glasses of prosecco as compensation for an uncomfortable room at £440 pounds the night. We cancelled our stay and moved to a different hotel which didn't have any of these problems and laughed when we requested a room "where people wouldn't walk by our window" and responded, "of course we do". The only explanation I can imagine for receiving the worse room in the hotel for our honeymoon is that I booked with a non-British name. The room was prepared for wheelchair access, which makes you wonder why wheelchair users have to accept a hotel room with no privacy. 
The next day, we had to pay a £50 taxi to have dinner at Kinloch lodge which was average at best. We weren't even offered a drink for all our troubles changing hotels and 48 hours later we haven't received a follow-up email apologising, offering a great experience next time or showing any concern for our visibly upsetting experience. Very poor hospitality, management and customer service which can ruin a fantastic location and beautiful interior design. Avoid.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Make sure you don't get the "luxury room" on the ground floor
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lynnemoo wrote a review Jul 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom576 contributions123 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
An iconic destination on the Isle of Skye but I’m afraid the food does not come up to expectations. We did visit just post lockdown so perhaps I should take that into consideration but this is not a cheap option with dinner, bed and breakfast upwards of £500 for one night. We were welcomed warmly by Australian staff member Dean and all the staff we encountered were really lovely. The room was lovely too with excellent bed linen and toiletries. Robes and slippers etc all provided. The evening dinner menu was restricted in choice ( not sure if this was a result of Covid 19 lockdown) A total of 3 options each course for starters main courses and dessert. The langoustine cocktail I opted for was really disappointing. A retro presentation showing no imagination and I could have been eating a prawn cocktail in the 70’s. Main course of venison was just ok and the dauphinois potato accompaniment was really not good. Dry and tasteless. The venison was well enough cooked but I’ve had better. The dessert however was fabulous. An orange creme brûlée with a black currant sorbet. Really gorgeous. But in contrast my husband opted for the cheese and he was given some tiny bits of cheese and oatcakes that looked very unimpressive. Just not good enough for the prices charged. Breakfast was great and again the staff made in an enjoyable stay. But just not living up to its reputation. Could do better!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chris I wrote a review Nov 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom1,086 contribution302 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There have been some slightly less than enthusiastic reviews of Kinloch Lodge recently which surprised us because we had an absolutely fabulous stay. Room 21 in South Lodge is on the first floor and has a balcony offering stunning views across the bay. The room itself was classic rather than contemporary (we like both styles), bed was extremely comfortable and the shower excellent. Staff couldn’t have been more welcoming, the dining room was buzzing with conversation the night we were there and the food was delicious, If I had but one quibble it would be the mark up on the wine which felt a little excessive, but hey we just had a glass each instead of sharing a bottle which won’t have done us any harm!
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Date of stay: November 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Room 21 has balcony and gorgeous views
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Curhalios wrote a review Oct 2020
Devon51 contributions25 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked for a special dinner whilst we were on holiday on Skye, from what we had seen and researched it looked like a high end dining experience and with a price tag of £75 per person for a 3 course meal we expected it to be.
We were shown in to the restaurant (empty) and our table was at the back of the room so that one of us looked into the room towards the windows and the other faced the wall. Nicely laid table with traditional linen.
We were asked for our order and so we asked if we could have an appetiser before our meal and could they delay serving, yes not a problem. Drinks came and the waitress knocked over the full bottle of tomato juice - luckily all over the table and not us. (As an aside the tomato juice was accompanied by a large glass full of ice and a slice of lemon - unusual in our experience) These things happen.
It was suggested we move table and so we asked to sit by the window and were duly shown there. We tried again with our appetisers but no sooner had we started them and the first course arrived. Well, such is life....
We now had a table which we both had a view over the car park to the loch. Nice to see the view.
Starters OK, nothing to write home about.
Mains came. As we were starting them a couple were shown to the table next to ours. By this time there were other diners in the restaurant (2 couples seated well away from us and each other). We were uncomfortable with how close the next table was and (with no offence to the couple next to us who I think were similarly surprised) as we were informing the waitress that we were not very comfortable with the closeness, bearing in mind how many other tables were free, another couple were seated on the table the other side of us!!!!!
Manager was called. She offered us a private dining room. (Not sure why we could not have had another table socially distanced in the restaurant). We were shown to a windowless cupboard. Our by now luke warm at best food was brought, one glass of wine appeared (not sure what happened to the other one) but by now we had had enough.
The manager was not very helpful or customer focused. She made us feel that we were in the wrong.
To add insult to injury whilst accepting that we would pay for our drinks and something towards our meal (we had eaten the bread and pate and the starters and had a couple of mouthfuls of the main) we were charged £70!!.
Needless to say that we will not be going there ever again.
The food was not worthy of the price tag, the staff were not friendly and welcoming and some were a bit scruffy. Not what we were led to expect from the website.
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Date of stay: September 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Peacefulotter wrote a review Jul 2020
Portland, Oregon25 contributions45 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a reservation at this lodge last November and paid a deposit for one night prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are not able to travel to Scotland due to the pandemic. Despite this, they will not refund the deposit even after asking several times. So, I would recommend not booking this place during these challenging times.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from , Owner at Kinloch Lodge
Responded 25 Jul 2020
Thank you for posting about our cancellation policy. It is very important to be clear about this. You have been given a 'credit note' for the entire amount of your deposit to use at ANY (no expiry date) time in the future. COVID dealt a huge blow to all of us - you and us - I will always do my very best for all our precious guests; at the same time as dealing with the really difficult situation we find ourselves in post-COVID. I really hope we can welcome you in the future, we will take very good care of you. With kind regards Isabella
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redsparrow65 wrote a review May 2021
London, United Kingdom96 contributions68 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dear All,

I dont like writing negative reviews like this but this restaurant was a disgrace. And also not cheap. We were staying nearby and in spite of sone of the reviews went there for Sunday lunch £34 a head plus a £2 surcharge for beef (which we had). The first course was a seafood starter which was SOOOOO small, it was gone in two spoonfuls. The main course was roast beef with hard celeriac and a huge Yorkshire pudding which covered up neatly the tiny slices of roast beef. Pudding I had very burnt chocolate browny and some stale crumble and ice cream and my partner had grand mariner trifle with orange pips. The place is supposed to be a celebration of Scottish cooking and is far from it. I’ve never been somewhere where you feel like you’re eating an early round of the master chef amateur. Truly dreadful and not cheap. Best off going to any pub. Or the Seafood shop (lovely fish and chips).
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Date of stay: May 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: We only went to the restaurant. I personally wouldn’t stay there.
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cjs5891 wrote a review Jul 2020
Scotland35 contributions53 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly it's important to point out the many wonderful aspects of Kinloch - the friendly, welcoming service from the lovely staff team, the spectacular location and the amazing breakfast.

This could be reflective of Skye prices in general, but we felt Kinloch was expensive for what it was. Rooms are clean and comfortable but didn't match our expectations due to the price - the bathroom was pretty standard with a small combined bath/shower, no water in the room. When comparing to five star hotels in other tourist areas of Scotland, we felt Kinloch fell down on value for money.

For those seeking an atmospheric location and a flavour of local ingredients, it's perfect. Don't want to be overly critical as the hard work of the owner and team is clear to see and the staff really do get 10/10.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Karlien K
The Hague, The Netherlands284 contributions136 helpful votes
Our room was very clean, as you may expect from a property of this standard. And nowadays with COVID-19 all the rooms must be sanitized after every stay. I would reckon you are safe. Have a nice stay!
Linda50191266 asked a question Feb 2019
Stirling, United Kingdom21 contributions19 helpful votes
Do you go Christmas packages?
Answer from Becah L
Dundee, United Kingdom68 contributions19 helpful votes
No. Just a day visit for lunch.
Answer from keyword2016
Melbourne, Australia134 contributions100 helpful votes
We hired a car but guess you can get a taxi from ferry. As we went for the dining experience and if you enjoy food do stay here. Can’t help with the fishing side - suggest you send an email to the hotel.
Answer from CameronMacRae
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom58 contributions47 helpful votes
The transport to the hotel is easy. I run a Taxi Service ind live nearby. if you contact the hotel they can sort this out for you. I am sure the hotel can sort out the fishing for you. Cameron MacRae
zeplady asked a question Mar 2017
Baltimore, Maryland27 contributions13 helpful votes
Should we bring a hair dryer with convertor?
Answer from Lois C
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions13 helpful votes
Hair dryers are provided, however you will need to bring plug converter for other electrical appliances you wish to use .
Angela O wrote a tip May 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just enjoy the location and immerse yourself in the experience "
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R Watson wrote a tip Mar 2024
9 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A great base for exploring the amazing landscapes of the south of Skye."
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Graham wrote a tip Dec 2023
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom43 contributions67 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book ahead."
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Jamie F wrote a tip Oct 2023
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are some excellent coastal walls nearby. Worth asking the staff for details. A whisky by the fire after dinner is very atmospheric"
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Paul G wrote a tip Oct 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not be put off by the colour of the tap/drinking water, it has a distinct yellow colour! It is purified and filtered, so is safe to drink"
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PRICE RANGE
£548 - £580 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandThe HebridesIsle of SkyeSleat
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kinloch Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Kinloch Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Gallery An Talla Dearg (2.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kinloch Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kinloch Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a view of the mountains, and an oven.
What food & drink options are available at Kinloch Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kinloch Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kinloch Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Red Skye Restaurant, Restaurant at Kinloch Lodge, and Am Praban Bar & Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at Kinloch Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Kinloch Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Clachan Duich Burial Ground (8.2 miles).
Does Kinloch Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Kinloch Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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