Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye

Highly recommended for those exploring this dramatically stunning island or keen to bag one of Skye’s 12 Munros.

THE BACKGROUND: The four-star Duisdale House Hotel is a boutique hotel with a classic country house vibe. It is part of The Sonas Collection, an independent, family-run group of luxury hotels on the Isle of Skye.

THE LOCATION: A short 5-minutes drive from the ferry port at Armadale (Caledonian MacBrayne ferries (calmac.co.uk) cross from the mainland at Mallaig taking 40 minutes) or it’s a 20-minute drive from the road bridge which joins the mainland at Kyle of Lochalsh. ScotRail serves both entry points.

THE ROOM: My bright and airy, large bedroom with good sized, modern bathroom had two stand out features: a huge, comfortable bed, and spectacular views. The view looked out towards of Sound, with the stunning peaks of the mainland beyond, and could be enjoyed from seating in the bay window or directly from the sumptuous, super king bed. The smart bathroom with bath and overhead power-shower was modern and roomy. In-room facilities included espresso and tea making set up.

KEY FACILITIES: The lounge is the heart of the hotel with welcoming log fire and cosy sofas, and the dining room spans another cosy fire-lit room and a bright glass-fronted conservatory leading onto a terrace. There is also a bright Chart Room bar with plenty of whisky/malt-tasting opportunities. The menu in the two AA rosette restaurant offers high-end and distinctive choices created using local produce and seasonal specialities, all presented beautifully.

THE VERDICT: The most comfortable of beds and wonderful food might be all you need from a great hotel but add in the highly-attentive and super friendly staff, fabulous food and gorgeous views of this hotel and you get a truly special stay in the Isle of Skye. Highly recommended for those exploring this dramatically stunning island or keen to bag one of Skye’s 12 Munros.

THE DETAILS: Duisdale House Hotel, Isle Ornsay, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV43 8QW; Tel: 01470-373737 or email reservations@sonascollection.comskyehotel.co.uk/duisdale . A double room including full Scottish breakfast costs from £289 per night in April, from £219 per night in winter and from £389 per night in summer. Rates are based on two people sharing