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Toravaig House Hotel, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Warm, welcoming and startlingly well kept, you might be surprised by the interior of this white-painted 1930s house set just off the road down the Sleat peninsula, the hotel's wide bay windows overlooking Knock Bay. Inside the look is contemporary - but only just. Not that being a little bit dated in places matters when you consider the views, the comfort, the tea in front of the fire and drinks on the deck. It's a cheerful place and perfectly situated for exploring, with the added bonus of a distillery virtually next door. You will be transported down the road for dinner at the sister of this comfortable little hotel, but that's a story to dine out on.
Look for ghosts (there are apparently two) in the ruins of nearby Knock Castle.
Visit the nearby Torabhaig distillery. Armadale Castle and gardens and the Museum of the Isles are a 10-minute drive away.
By car: under 5 hours from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and 8 hours from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: trains run from Glasgow to Mallaig for the ferry to Skye, and from Inverness to Kyle, where you can take a bus to the island. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Anyone looking to be quietly comfortable will be happy here. And children? They'll be spoilt rotten. We enjoyed sitting by the fire on a stormy afternoon, stuffing ourselves with scones and shortbread (after the cheese and charcuterie lunch).
Service & Facilities
We loved drinking champagne on the deck as the sun goes down (as long as the midges aren't out).
- Bike hire
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Ask for a bay-windowed room (Standard with a sea view) - you'll never close the curtains. There are soft sheepskin throws tossed negligently over chairs throughout the hotel.
Cosy, Standard, Standard with Sea View
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
It's a short stroll home from dinner, and we pretended it was working off the serious calories consumed. We recommend the main course of halibut with artichoke, clams and dashi, followed by Scottish raspberries with white chocolate and lip-smacking tahini caramel.
Day dining: served in the dining room or lounge. Daily breakfast, 7:30-10am. Cream teas, cheese and charcuterie boards.
Dinner: served at sister hotel, Duisdale. 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, British cuisine, locally-sourced produce. Open daily, 6-9pm.