Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
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Cluanie Inn Kyle of Lochalsh Reviews
Open All Day Jul 30, 2012
Always been a popular stopping off point for folk travelling to and from the islands, for the reasons mentioned in the blog.
It was getting late as we were heading down the road, and still hadn't eaten, but when it says open all day, it means almost exactly that. Never batted an eyelid when we arrived at quarter to nine at night and asked for something to eat.
It's a lovely building, set out in the middle of nowhere, or as we might refer to it in Scotland ' the arse end of beyond :D, between Invershiel and Invermoriston at the end of Loch Cluanie.
Hotel seems to cater for the outdoor types, climbers and fishermen and by the sounds from the building nearby there were hounds for hunting. Lots of cartoon pictures in the bar to suggest this as well. In the bar they had a noticeboard where they daily poted the mountains weather forecast for the day.
As well as the main hotel, there is the Club House that mights suit groups of backpackers tourists that don't mind bunking up.
Place was quiet whe we went in, there was the restaurant to the left, which had one couple in it. While not in a great rush, we still had a fair bit of the journey left to do, so since they also do food at the bar we went in there.
Only a couple of guys in the main bit of the bar, but the side bit was empty and we found a table there. Girl brought the menus over, and once we decided what we were having I went up to the bar and ordered.
Choice of about 8 meals on the menu, and my wife and daughter both just decided to have ordinary burger and chips, even though they also had venison burgers :O. I decided in haggis,neeps and tatties with a whisky sauce.
I decided to have a look about while I was waiting and found the loos which were spotlessly clean, and the lounge area of the hotel.
Since there was apparently nobody else to cook for it didn't take long for our meals to arrive, and the burgers were Ok, but the haggis was excellent. Good decent sized portions as well :).
We just had one drink each, as we wanted to get moving, and had drinks in the car anyway. Bill came to £39.00 , which was OK for what we had.
Great place to stop just to get something to eat, and seems a really nice place to stay if heading towards Skye or the outer islands. Wouldn't mind trying that myself one day just for the hell of it :D
Part of the The Road To The Isles - Harris July 2012 travel blog
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Cluanie Inn Jul 25, 2010
The Cluanie Inn is a hotel and restaurant in the middle of nowhere on the moor on the road to Skye. I've put it down as in Kyle of Lochalshe, but it's really a good 45 minutes away. it's just that it's a good 45 minutes away from anywhere.
Sometimes that's exaclty what you want from a hotel.
We found it when we were starting to get tired driving across the moors to get to Skye, knowing it was too late to make it that night. The Cluanie Inn was, of course, started just for that purpose - to welcome travellers who were too late to get anywhere else but were tired.
The rooms are nice, and the most expensive ones have little jacuzzi baths which is a nice touch, although we decided not to spend the extra money. The next sort of room down is also large and pleaant, although prices are per person and, at £55 a night (July 2010) aren't cheap. There is also a cheaper option which we didn't check out, in a clubhouse type outbuilding. Breakfast is included, and dinner is good value at about £20 a head for two courses and drinks.
The food and service are excellent. The staff are lovely. There is a slightly irritating parrot in the bar, but you can ignore it.
Cluanie Inn specialises in looking after people who are doing outdoor activities like walking and fishing, and have a drying room you can use if your boots get soaked through. They are the sort of hotel that will take down your walking plans and phone the mountain rescue people if you aren't back by dark. There is also a tiny little petrol station if your fuel is running low.
This is a great hotel, and I think it is good value even if it isn't cheap.
Part of the Northern Scotland 2010 travel blog
Part of the list Things I have done in Scotland
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