Stayed for five nights from 19th May, just as the midges were starting to show up (keep them at bay with 'Smidge' - available from the outdoor clothing shop in Ullapool). Our third visit to Kylesku, with three different proprietors, getting better each time. Just a few minor practical annoyances including mis-squirting the dreaded liquid soap, but overall I would endorse all previous positive accolades. If the menu seems fashionably over-complicated for your taste don't be afraid to ask for new potatoes and a few salad leaves to accompany your perfectly-cooked scallops or langoustines. Very good wines available by the glass. Thankfully no music in the dining room. Lovers of the North West Highlands are extremely fortunate that the present owners bravely left the safety of lucrative employment down South to bring their high standards to this wonderful spot, which they are generously happy to share with all their guests. Slight embarrassment at all the awards heaped upon them because there are further improvements they want to make - not easy when your plumber is in Granton on Spey! Any small niggles are more than outweighed by both the outstanding location and genuine friendliness of owners and all their staff.
- 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