Review of Hotel Kylesku, a residence in a truly memorable location in the Scottish Highlands

There’s getting away from it all, and then there’s the Kylesku Hotel.

The Scottish residence, in one of the most densely populated areas in Europe, is located near the north-west coast at the point where three lakes meet.

During World War II, the Royal Navy used these deep, dark waters to train men for a top-secret mission – the daring mini-submarine attack on the powerful German destroyer, the Tirpitz. The Admiralty knew there was no chance of spying on it in a remote and wild place. A memorial near the hotel in honor of the submarine crews also pays tribute to the locals who “know a lot and talk a little”.

Neil Armstrong enters the cozy and secluded Kylesku Hotel (pictured) in the Scottish Highlands, closer to Norway than to London

The population is much more extensive these days and you will surely receive a warm welcome at the hotel. A former training inn, it is a somewhat unrivaled stone building in an incredible location, closer to Bergen, Norway, than to London, England.

The main building – which has been added over the years – has seven guest bedrooms and there are four more rooms in an annex.

The rooms are comfortable and warm rather than luxurious, but the bar and restaurant are light and airy and offer breathtaking views of the lake as well as first-class food and drink.

Excellent fish and chips, venison and roasted whitefish were simply served (not all at once).

The residence, formerly a training hostel, is in

The residence, formerly a training hostel, is located in “one of the most densely populated areas in Europe”

The main building of the hotel - which has been added over the years - has seven guest bedrooms and there are four more rooms in an annex.  Upstairs is a luxury double room

The main building of the hotel – which has been added over the years – has seven guest bedrooms and there are four more rooms in an annex. Upstairs is a luxury double room

Private bathroom in Deluxe Double Room.  Neil reveals

Private bathroom in Deluxe Double Room. Neil reveals: “The rooms are comfortable and warm rather than luxurious.”

Neil says far about the inn

Neil says far about the inn

The seafood is especially good. They pull almost well out of the water to the hotel’s balcony.

I also tasted their amazing Dark Island Reserve beer, a deliciously small number from Orkney Brewery that weighs 10 percent.

And while fine malt whiskey is available at any urban establishment, there is a special treat to drink one while looking at the beautiful scenery in the highlands.

The bar (photo) and restaurant are light and airy and offer beautiful views of the lake as well as first class food and drinks, according to Neil

The bar (photo) and restaurant are light and airy and offer beautiful views of the lake as well as first class food and drinks, according to Neil

Seafood in the restaurant

The restaurant’s seafood is “exceptionally good”, according to Neal, who eats an “excellent” portion of fish and chips.

None of this is cheap – fish of the day, for example, served with light zucchini and fennel salad, at £ 19.95. You would pay in part for the view and dinner would have improved a lot, I find, if you could eat it while watching the seals sport in the lake.

Directly outside the hotel is the driveway that was once the southern tip of the ferry crossing. Although the North Slope is only a few hundred yards away, anyone who missed the last ferry of the day faced a 100-mile padrit to face the other side.

The ferry was replaced in 1984 by a graceful curved bridge you might recognize from TV commercials and Top Gear, but weather permitting, there are still several sailings a day from the cliff.

The hotel is an excellent base for all kinds of adventures - hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and rare bird watching.

The hotel is an excellent base for all kinds of adventures – hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and rare bird watching.

Travel facts

Hotel Kilisko, Sutherland, Lierge, IV27 4HW.

Bed and breakfast price starts from £ 170 per room, per night. (kyleskuhotel.co.uk)

For £ 22 a boat will take you to Loch Glencoal (apparently Gaelic for ‘walin in the back’), and at the far end, which is still a bit far but visible, is Britain’s highest waterfall.

The ride takes about 75 minutes and offers great sights. We saw a sea eagle hovering over the cliffs. I can report that sea urchins are about as big as a barn door.

This is the term ornithology. Kylesku is also in the middle of the North-West Highlands Global Geopark, and the leader referred to the “Glencoul Thrust,” a very interesting and striking rock feature, created more than 400 million years ago. The catnip region for geologists.

A fellow passenger first visited Keliscu as a geology student in 1974 and has been back every year since. They say the place is under your skin.

The hotel, which should be one of the few to provide guidance on where to dock your boat when you arrive by sea, is an excellent base for all kinds of adventures – hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and rare bird watching.

Or, if your idea of ​​adventure is to pair scallop shells with dish, they’re pretty good for that too.

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