Ullinish Country Lodge

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Place Category: Eating Out

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  • Ullinish Lodge with 3AA Rosettes is remarkably easy to find on one of the least potholed roads on Skye! Turn off at Sligachan or head south after Dunvegan and you will come upon the signpost. Legend has it its name may be from a Norse word for wolf’s head which aptly describes the peninsula where it rests, and the views all around are absolutely stunning, right over to the snow-capped Cuillin range.

    Sufficiently wild to encounter sea eagles and red grouse (and we did) yet very accessible so a great base for exploring Skye and indeed has welcomed visitors for over 300 years including Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, and now it is Pam and Brian Howard who will welcome you.

    Special Offer until the 31st March 2018, for any room at £95.00 per person per night for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and after that their Special Spring Breaks are from 1 April until 31 May 2018. Please contact for further details.

    The rooms are all individually designed and gorgeous, many with hand carved wooden frames and all with en suites, crisp cotton bedding and woollen throws. At first glance the dining room has a classical feel with highly polished panelling and antique chairs. It also has a warmth and great charm, and the food served is faultless and modernist. We (and fellow diners) had selected our menu choices an hour earlier, a strategy I have no issue with as it reduces waste and enhances service.

    Head Chef David Smith creates exquisite dishes, beautifully balanced with a myriad of produce from Skye and artisan ingredients from the mainland. Tantalising canapés were followed by an amuse-bouche of oyster pannacotta followed by perfectly cooked hand dived scallops with celeriac, pear and parmesan. The Dornoch rump lamb with barley, Cavolo Nero and squash was melt-in-the-mouth tender and the Clava Brie with honey and sourdough, fun and delicious, not forgetting the lemon mousse and granita palate cleanser. The Yorkshire rhubarb with white chocolate was stunning and there were dainty petit fours with coffee served in the lounge.

    Breakfast was also splendid and an opportunity to spoil myself with an eggs benedict! Brian and Pam are delightful hosts and we look forward to our return. This 5 star, 3 rosette and AA Breakfast Awarded Restaurant with Rooms provide guests with the complete package for their visit. They prefer you to dine at Ullinish, at least one of the nights you are staying – see their weblink for DBB offers and options.

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