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Skye - Where to Stay - Toravaig House Hotel

 

After driving the famous Road to the Isles from Fort William to Mallaig, Irene Stakounis and Bill Rintoul crossed by ferry to explore the Isle of Skye and sample the delights of Toravaig House Hotel.

Sailing across from Mallaig to Armadale, our first view of Skye was of white-walled houses scattered over the hillside and yachts bobbing at their moorings. Once ashore, a short drive along the A851 brought us to Toravaig House, a family run boutique hotel surrounded by rolling hills with a fine view across the Sound of Sleat.

The Sound of Sleat

 

Toravaig House has nine rooms, each named after a Scottish Island. Our room, Oronsay, overlooked the large lawn where you could sit enjoying a glass of wine of an evening. Also from our bay window we had a superb view across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig and also the nearby ruins of Knock Castle.


Torvaig House Hotel

That stands strategically perched on a hill with commanding views up and down the Sound. It’s a short walk to the castle from the hotel and that’s exactly what we did after settling in. Although it’s an easy enough walk it’s quite overgrown and was a bit wet after a recent downpour.

Knock Castle Skye

On our first night we enjoyed a pre dinner drink while enjoying the ambience of the lounge with its comfortable couches and welcoming fire. There was even a baby grand piano for anyone with the skills to play it, which we unfortunately do not possess. Along with the drink came a mouth-watering selection of canapés, chilli couscous, chicken pate and breaded mussels, just to get the juices flowing in preparation for a five course dinner in the Islay dining room.

 

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Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre

Tel:01478 614308

 

Bright Water Visitor Centre

The Pier, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, IV41 8PL

Tel: 01599 530040

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The Head Chef insists on using fresh local produce for the menu he changes daily. Fresh seafood, venison and other island-grown or caught delights feature predominantly in his cooking making this one of the premier places to dine on Skye. During our short stay we were able to sample locally caught crab with Hazelnuts, Dashi and Coriander, Smoked Ham Hock, Parsnip and White Chocolate Purée with Apple and Parsnip Crisps and Goats cheese Mousse. And that was just the starters.

Top prize for the mains has to be awarded to the Dunvegan Venison or, perhaps, the Mallaig Halibut. Or then again maybe the Braised Shin with Glazed Carrots, Onion Skin, Pomme Purée and Madeira Sauce. They were all so delicious it’s hard to decide. The desserts were seriously wicked. Hazelnut Mousse with Roasted Peaches and Salted Caramel, Vanilla Cream with Meringue, poached strawberries, Highland Rasberries and Blueberry Sorbet and a mouth watering Chocolate Ganache. And we also managed to have a go at the fine selection of Scottish cheeses.

Dining room Torvaig House Hotel SkyeThe dining room had a lovely, intimate, atmosphere with tables romantically set for two. On display was the hotel's excellent choice of whiskies, very tempting for any lover of a wee dram! We were spoiled for choice, both in the whiskies and the selection of wines on offer.

 

Toravaig House is a good base for exploring and enjoying Skye. There are many, varied activities to choose from - cycling, walking, seasonal hunting and fishing, water sports and golf. Advice on each one can be got from reception who can also book outdoor activities and trips for their guests. A highlight is the opportunity to go out in the owner's yacht, Solus na Mara.

                  

Guests at Toravaig and its sister hotel, Duisdale House, can book to spend a day sailing the sea lochs and enjoy the unique sealife and stunning scenery. Lunch is served aboard complete with Solus na Mara wine! There is a maximum of ten guests on board so you do need to book in advance.

 

Skye is an easy Island to explore by car and you can visit  the Bright Water Visitor Centre,The Talisker Distillery; Dunvegan Castle with its famous Fairy Flag; a traditional Black House and still at Coalbost Museum or the small township preserved at The Skye Museum of Island Life then visit the nearby grave of Flora McDonald and learn how she helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from the Redcoats.

 

Talisker Distillery

We had a grand two nights in Toravaig House Hotel. The cuisine was excellent, the decor very tasteful and the staff made us feel very much at home. The bed in our room was exceptionally comfortable, something that we find very important for ensuring a good night's sleep. Whether you're looking to just get away from it all, have a romantic break or pursue some more energetic outdoor pursuit, you would find Toravaig House Hotel fulfils all your requirements and more.

 


 

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