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You'd choose this hotel for the view alone, but you'll also get a friendly, beautifully-kept place to stay with good food all day in the popular restaurant, smart rooms and a great location. After a day of exploring, indulge in a glass of whisky at the bar.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Originally Lord Macdonald's shooting lodge, the hotel stands on 15 wooded acres on a hillside on the outskirts of Portree. You're a half-hour drive from the Old Man of Storr and the Kilt Rock falls; another 15 minutes takes you to sandy Staffin Beach and the dramatic Quiraing. Join locals for a drink at the Tongadale Hotel bar where you're likely to catch some live music…or even a spontaneous ceilidh.

By car: around 5 hours 15 minutes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and 8 hours 30 minutes 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. Book trains.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Looking at the front of the hotel you can still see the Victorian shooting lodge morphed into a rambling 39-bedroom modern hotel. Inside you could be anywhere, but for the occasional outbreak of subtle tartan. It's all very relaxed, with people drifting from the Malt Embassy Bar to the dining room or perhaps outside, glass in hand.

THE FACILITIES

There will be a smile, whether you're asking the concierge to arrange a guide or the housekeeper for an extra pillow. The laundry service is useful when you come down to the Old Man of Storr on your backside, squashing your packed lunch. Happily, there's room service to keep you going until the next meal.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Board games
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The rooms are a bit 2010 with oversized upholstered headboards, too many cushions and fabric strips at the foot of the bed. So far, so standard - but the armchairs are sink-into-able while a surprising painting of psychedelic highland cows lends personality. Bathrooms are gleaming tributes to modern bathroom fittings.

Room types: Standard, Premier, Turret Deluxe, Premier Deluxe

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hair dryer, tea and coffee facilities, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

You'll want to peruse the 130 whiskies in the walk-through Malt Whisky Embassy before moving on to the dining room (not called 'The View' for nothing). There will be seafood: scallops, mussels, turbot or salmon, or perhaps some game or good highland beef. And kippers for breakfast, of course.

The View: modern British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include pork chop, Atlantic salmon and truffle pappadelle. All-day dining, open daily.

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