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“March Vacation in Skye”

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Hotel Eilean Iarmain
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sleat
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“March Vacation in Skye”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

This hotel was recommended to us by a friend who had stayed there 5 years ago and it lived up to all her hype! We stayed for two nights on the 23/24th March and got a deal which was advertised on their own website - 2 nights for the price of 1 (suite £170) providing you eat dinner at the hotel both nights, not a huge amount to choose from on the menus but what we sampled was delicious especially the fish. We had never been to Skye before and spent our 3 days there trying to see as much as possible but without a doubt, this hotel was situated in the most picturesque place we saw the entire time. Hotel is only 15 mins from Broadford and 45 mins to the capital/main town of Portree.

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Fife, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

This hotel is a gem, because of its idyllic situation on the water's edge, its quirky mix of old buildings, reclaimed as accomodation, the attention to detail and its friendly, attentive staff.

On arrival we were greeted by Neil, a smiling, smart, young man, who showed us to our room and said that afternoon tea was being served in the lounge. This was a veritable feast of smoked salmon sandwiches and home-made scones and pancakes and a glass of sparkling wine, served in front of an open fire. The room was furnished with two huge comfortable sofas and similarly-inviting cosy armchairs.There was a stuffed eagle above the door, quite menacing.

We did not eat in the restaurant, as there were no prices on the menu, which seemed very enticing, making use of the local seafood. But, on the premis that, "if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it!" we ate in the pub! The food was freshly prepared and delicious,served by a very pleasant barmaid. But the decor really needs attention.

Our bedroom was in a white-washed house,across the road, which contained a few rooms. Ours was on the ground floor, with double aspect and views of the sea. Disappointingly, the windows were covered in condensation each morning, so we could not enjoy the view. Perhaps double glazing would solve this? However, we were delighted with the four-poster bed, the huge, old wardrobe and the mismatched chairs. It was chaming and quaint. No tartan carpets here!!!!

We had a problem with lack of hot water and the room was quite chilly, but this was resolved promptly and efficiently by Neil.

Breakfast was a feast of quality produce.....venison sausages, huge Portobello mushrooms, crumbly black pudding et al and cooked to order and served by smiling, attentive staff The menu included other dishes using Scottish produce.Butter, jam and marmalade were home-made and served in dainty little dishes-no nasty, plastic containers and foil-wrapped frozen butter here. There was a generous mixture of croissants,toast, cereals and fruit should you wish lighter fare.

There was a guidebook in the room with places of interest and suggested walks. I have mobility problems, so enjoyed the wonderful scenery from the car.We had a wonderful weekend.

Perhaps more walk-in showers or even a handle on the wall in the bath would make life a bit easier for those with limited mobility. A sloping path from our cottage to avoid the steps was thoughtful, but a wheelchair cannot run easily on chips.

None of this spoiled our enjoyment. We shall return to Eilean Iarmain.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms in the cottage must have stunning views.
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Our second visit to this lovely idyllic location with warm surroundings and staff who pay attention to detail. Thouroughly recommend this hotel for a relaxing break.

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

This hotel situated in an idyllic position, with warm friendly and professional service,
outstanding restaurant food and accommodation with a wonderful homely feeling.
We would recommend anytime. Only wished we could stay for very much longer.
Feel revitalized and we definitely look forward to visiting again.

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

Stayed here for a couple of nights in January. The weather was cold and wet, but the hotel was warm and welcoming, particularly in front of the log fire.
The rooms are appropriately old fashioned and comfortable, and the staff very friendly with relaxed efficient service.
Food was a bit mixed. Breakfast was good, and we ate each night in the bar. (We might have eaten in the restaurant, but the menus were un-priced, and there was no information anywhere on the price, so we opted for the bar.) The bar food is pretty standard fare but made with good quality ingredients and reasonable priced. However, standards varied a bit, from excellent scampi to badly overcooked deep fried fish, so all in all it was a bit mixed. As this was a quiet Sunday night, I guess the chef was not on duty and I was just unlucky.
All in all we enjoyed our stay, and would visit again what must be one of the most scenic locations in Scotland.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Eilean Iarmain
Address: Isle Ornsay Hotel, Sleat IV43 8QR, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Skye > Sleat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sleat
Price range (per night): $123 - $513
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Eilean Iarmain 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This traditional hotel, in an idyllic setting, with spectacular views across the sound of Sleat to the Knoydart Hills, retains it old-world charm giving each guest a truly genuine highland welcome from the moment you arrive. People have been coming here for over a hundred years, drawn by a love of Skye and its history, culture and language. The hotel is open all year enabling visitors to experience Skye in all seasons. ... more   less 
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