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A review of the Kylesku Hotel, a hostelry in a really memorable location within the Scottish Highlands

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There’s getting away from all of it, after which there’s the Kylesku Hotel. 

The Scottish hostelry, in some of the sparsely inhabited areas of Europe, is near the north west coast at a degree where three lochs meet. 

Throughout the Second World War, the Royal Navy used these dark, deep waters to coach men for a top secret mission – the audacious miniature submarine attack on the mighty German destroyer, the Tirpitz. The Admiralty knew there was no probability of being spied upon in so distant and wild a spot. A memorial near the hotel paying tribute to the subs’ crews also hails the local individuals who ‘knew a lot and talked so little’.

Neil Armstrong checks into the cosy and distant Kylesku Hotel (pictured) within the Scottish Highlands, which is closer to Norway than to London

Residents are loads more expansive as of late and also you’re sure of a warm welcome on the hotel. A former coaching inn, it’s a somewhat unprepossessing stone constructing in an incredible location, nearer to Bergen, Norway, than to London, England. 

The foremost block – which has been added to through the years – has seven guest bedrooms and there are 4 more in an annexe. 

The rooms are comfortable and cosy slightly than luxurious however the bar and restaurant are light and airy and supply stunning loch views in addition to firstclass food and drinks.

I used to be served excellent fish and chips, venison and easily grilled white fish (not all of sudden). 

The hostelry, a former coaching inn, is located in 'one of the most sparsely inhabited areas of Europe'

The hostelry, a former coaching inn, is positioned in ‘some of the sparsely inhabited areas of Europe’ 

The main block of the hotel ¿ which has been added to over the years - has seven guest bedrooms and there are four more in an annexe. Above is a Deluxe Double Room

The foremost block of the hotel – which has been added to through the years – has seven guest bedrooms and there are 4 more in an annexe. Above is a Deluxe Double Room 

An ensuite bathroom in a Deluxe Double Room. 'The rooms are comfortable and cosy rather than luxurious,' Neil reveals

An ensuite bathroom in a Deluxe Double Room. ‘The rooms are comfortable and cosy slightly than luxurious,’ Neil reveals 

'There¿s getting away from it all, and then there¿s the Kylesku Hotel,' Neil says of the remote hostelry

‘There’s getting away from all of it, after which there’s the Kylesku Hotel,’ Neil says of the distant hostelry 

The seafood is particularly good. They’re virtually hauling the stuff out of the water onto the hotel terrace. 

I also sampled an incredible Dark Island Reserve beer, a cheeky little number from the Orkney Brewery weighing in at 10 per cent. 

And while nice malt whiskies can be found in any civilised establishment, there’s an especial pleasure in drinking one while gazing out over a spectacular Highlands vista. 

The bar (pictured) and restaurant are light and airy and provide stunning loch views as well as first class food and drink, according to Neil

The bar (pictured) and restaurant are light and airy and supply stunning loch views in addition to firstclass food and drinks, in keeping with Neil 

The restaurant's seafood is 'especially good', according to Neil, who dines on an 'excellent' portion of fish and chips

The restaurant’s seafood is ‘especially good’, in keeping with Neil, who dines on an ‘excellent’ portion of fish and chips 

None of this is reasonable – the fish of the day, for instance, served with a light-weight courgette and fennel salad, is £19.95. Partly you’re paying for the view and dinner is way enhanced, I find, in the event you can eat it while watching seals sporting within the loch.

Directly outside the hotel is the slipway that was once the southern end of a ferry crossing. Although the northern slipway is barely a number of hundred yards away, anyone missing the last ferry of the day faced a 100-mile road trip to get to the opposite side. 

The ferry was replaced in 1984 by a graceful, curving bridge that you simply might recognise from TV ads and Top Gear, nonetheless, weather permitting, there are still several sailings a day from the slipway. 

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

The hotel is a wonderful base for all varieties of adventures – mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, and rare bird watching

TRAVEL FACTS

Kylesku Hotel, Sutherland, Lairg, IV27 4HW. 

B&B from £170 per room, per night. (kyleskuhotel.co.uk)

For £22, a ship will take you down Loch Glencoul (apparently Gaelic for ‘the glen behind beyond’), on the far end of which, still far away but visible, is Britain’s highest waterfall.

The trip takes around 75 minutes and offers some amazing sights. We saw a sea eagle soaring above the cliffs. I can report that sea eagles are in regards to the size of a barn door. 

That’s an ornithological term. Also, Kylesku is on the centre of North-West Highlands Global Geopark and the skipper identified the ‘Glencoul Thrust’, a dramatic and really visible rock feature, created greater than 400 million years ago. The world is catnip to geologists. 

A fellow passenger had first visited Kylesku as a geology student in 1974 and she or he has been back every yr since. The place gets under your skin, they are saying.

The hotel, which have to be certainly one of the few to present instructions on where to moor your boat if arriving by sea, is a wonderful base for all varieties of adventures – mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, rare bird watching. 

Or, in case your idea of adventure is pairing scallops with scotch, it’s pretty good for that too.

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