This hotel is a bit of a treat for us. We stay in Assynt every year and having a meal here has become an anticipated highlight. The location is hard to beat and there is always a warm welcome from the owners who are always visible and go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
This year (2013) we have eaten at the Kylesku Hotel twice (March and October). The food has always been very tasty and beautifully prepared, making the most of locally sourced ingredients, especially fish/shellfish. On our early visit we chose the tapas of 7 fish dishes, the portions were small but very individual and creative – the kitchen team clearly have a passion for food!. My other half just loves their Cullen Skink and King Scallops while I can recommend the Beer Batter Haddock and Calamari. The wine list is quite extensive and good value considering the remote location of the hotel. Our meal of 2 starters, 2 mains, a side portion of chips, a bottle of wine (we splashed out on this a bit) and coffee in October came to £82- not unreasonable and well worth it as a treat.
Whether you are planning a stay and/or a meal be aware that currently the hotel closes over winter from end October/first week in November to the beginning March, although Tanja was telling us that following some planned refurbishment they hope to be able to extend their season further into the winter in future.
We are already looking forward to our return visit next year and this time I’ll remember to email you beforehand about the possibility of sea urchins!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome in the heart of real Highland wilderness. Kylesku is a delightfully peaceful village on the shores of two large sea-lochs, Loch Glendhu & Loch Glencoul. Set in the heart of real Highland wilderness, it makes a perfect base for exploring Sutherland and North West Scotland.The Kylesku Hotel itself is an old coaching inn dating from 1680, and is situated by the former ferry slipway on the shores of the loch. The hotel, bar and restaurant are open to residents & non-residents alike. It is an independently run small hotel with current owners Tanja Lister & Sonia Virechauveix eager to provide a warm welcome.The views from the hotel overlooking the loch and the local mountains are awesome with the bar, restaurant & lounge providing a perfect vantage point for overseeing the local wildlife - an abundance of seals, red deer and birds, or even our more elusive neighbour, the local otter.We are passionate about food, and with local fishing boats landing daily in Kylesku, seafood is a speciality. Fresh langoustines, lobsters, spineys, crabs, mussels and haddock are available, alongside quality meat & game. We also offer a choice of vegetarian options, all of which can be washed down with wide selection of wines, beers & malt whiskies. We are proud to be included in the 2012 Michelin Guide to Eating in Pubs. Our aim is simple: to tempt you with the freshest, local, quality food, in welcoming, friendly and comfortable surroundings. We hope our wealth of local knowledge will help you to get the most out of your stay here. There is something for everyone, be it walking, climbing, fishing, wildlife watching or simply combing the many deserted white sandy beaches of the North West Coast. We are happy to help you to plan your itineraries whether by car, on foot or pedal power.Our hotel is also featured in the 2012 Good Hotel Guide and in Claire MacDonald’s famous recipe book Scottish Highland Hospitality, where she states that “Kylesku Hotel combines everything I consider to be essential for a visitor to the Highlands - comfort, really good food in an old hotel with all the present-day amenities, and truly spectacular scenery wherever you look.” ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kylesku Hotel Scotland