Duisdale House (NG701137) is one of two hotels on the Sleat peninsula that are run by Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn. The other is the nearby Toravaig House. The pair have been putting their mark on Duisdale for a few years now, and the place seems to be thriving.

Duisdale House itself is a fine Victorian lodge, dating from 1867. It sits in lovely gardens on the site of an ancient nunnery, with big views over the Sound of Sleat to the mainland mountains above Loch Hourn. I expect this would be a great place to stay for a few days, and I can certainly recommend it as somewhere to enjoy dinner.


The first thing you'll notice, beyond the fine building and its setting, is the warmth of the welcome. Everyone at Duisdale seems to have a very genuine interest in making your visit comfortable and enjoyable. The décor inside the hotel is quite unusual. It mixes traditional with modern in a way that mostly works, and the ambience is very relaxed throughout.

The menu offers a choice that is sensibly limited and well balanced. Fish, shellfish, meat and vegetarian dishes are all there to tempt you. The wine list is helpfully laid out, is decent value, and includes the sometimes useful option of half bottles. And, when the food arrives, you'll not be disappointed.

Coffee and home made sweeties back in the lounge finish off a very pleasant evening – and the bill won't come as too much of a shock at the end of the night!

The Duisdale website has all the information you need to make your reservation.