I was last there a number of years ago and pleased that it retained ints traditional appearance and ambience. The food, however, was unrecognisable. The chef's (Polish chap, I think) scallops were the most succulent I can remember and perfectly cooked, simply, with a lightly dressed rocket salad and crispy pancetta. The local venison, again, was simple but showed that perfectly cooked good ingrédients need little embellishment.
Even more encouraging was that the first rate staff were local, friendly and knowledgeable without the faux subservience so characteristic of mediocre hôtels trying to impress.
If Barra is the crown of the western isles, the Castlebay hotel is the jewel in it. All this in December as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the bay and Kisimul Castle, the hotel has 15 rooms, most with sea views, and the busiest restaurant on Barra. The hotel is the oldest on the island and the only one open all year round. We have a room specially designed for the less able-bodied. The hotel featured in the BBC TV series "An Island Parish".We are the only full service Hotel open year round on the Isle of Barra ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castlebay Hotel Isle Of Barra, Scotland