Accommodation – Duisdale House scoops double awards

Anne Gracie, Alan Harrop of award sponsor J Thomson Colour Printers, Ken Gunn and event presenter, TV celebrity Lorraine Kelly.

Less than two weeks after being named the UK’s best small hotel, Duisdale House on Skye celebrated a double triumph when it won the title of the top hotel in Scotland.

The 18 bedroom hotel, which looks out over the Sound of Sleat to the Knoydart wilderness peninsula, took the honour at the Scottish Thistle Awards held by national tourism organisation VisitScotland in Stirling Castle.

A former hunting lodge, Duisdale was transformed in 2008 by owners Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn who won the award as Scotland’s Hoteliers of the Year in 2011 for their work there and at their nearby sister hotel Toravaig House.

Just 13 days before the gala dinner at Stirling Castle it was judged the UK’s best small hotel at the International Hotel Awards in London.

“This has capped a fabulous year for us,” Anne commented.

“It is a tribute to the skills, hard work and dedication of our management and staff as well as our total concentration on consistent top quality and customer service. Our aim is to deliver a unique blend of Scottish Highland hospitality, taking the best of what is available locally and combining it into a world class product.” Duisdale and Toravaig are the only hotels in Scotland with a luxury yacht reserved exclusively for guests.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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