Duisdale House – Isle of Skye Hotel


About the luxury, award-winning hotel

Duisdale House Hotel is a stunning Victorian house that sits just off the main road running down the Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. Nestled between trees the building looks out onto the Sound of Sleat towards the Scottish mainland. 

Duisdale means ‘misty glen’, and it certainly is an atmospheric area. We didn’t have mist on our visit but we did have glorious views. It‘s been far too long since our last trip to Skye and we’re sure much has changed – read about our previous trip here.


Starting life as a private house which was built for Lachlan MacKinnon, founder of the Melbourne Argus and son of the Rev John MacKinnon, minister of Strath. The house was converted into a hotel in 1933. It was requisitioned by the navy in the second world war and reverted to a hotel in 1947.

Duisdale House Hotel is now part of the Sonas Hotel Collection who also operate Skeabost towards the north of the island and nearby Toravaig Hotel.  These hotels have all been given a new lease of life and are comfortable and boutique in style.

Getting there

Duisdale House Hotel is located on the A851 which is the main road from Broadford to Armadale, the ferry terminal for Mallaig, on the Isle of Skye.



Our home for the night was a Deluxe room. 23sq m in size with a four-poster bed and an ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower and luxury toiletries. Fluffy towels, waffle robes and slippers were provided. in the room there was also an espresso coffee machine, hairdryer, safe, flat-screen TV with Netflix (if you have an account) and a fridge with fresh milk and chilled water.


The other rooms available are:

Standard room – 15 sq. m room which has waffle robes and slippers and an ensuite bathroom with fluffy towels, rainfall shower and luxury toiletries. Room amenities include tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, safe and flat-screen tv with Netflix.

Suite – 26 sq. m providing sea views and a free-standing bath with a feature window. Fluffy towels, rainfall shower and luxury toiletries. King-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes and slippers, and an expresso coffee machine, hairdryer, safe, flatscreen tv and fridge with fresh milk.

Cottage –  35 sq. m Situated close to the main house but with its own private entrance, the cottage has waffle bathrobes and slippers, modern bathrooms with fluffy towels, a rainfall shower, luxury toiletries and a feature bath. The sitting room area has a flat-screen TV and Netflix, tea and coffee making facilities,  espresso coffee machine and fridge with fresh milk.

Lodge– 35 sq. m looks out over the garden to the sound of Sleat beyond. Flame effect fireplace, dimmable lights and an integrated music system.  King size beds, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, safe, flat-screen tv with Netflix, waffle robes and slippers plus espresso coffee machine and fridge with fresh milk.



Afternoon Tea

The hotel also offer afternoon tea in the lounge by the fire. Click HERE to read all about afternoon tea at Duisdale House Hotel.



Read all about our dinner experience here.



Breakfast was to a high standard. Served in the long room which juts out from the western-side of the ground floor of the building. The room lets in a lot of light. Options included Loch Fyne kippers, Oak Smoked Hebridean Salmon and Traditional Scottish Pancakes.

While we had the Eggs Benedict with salmon, with nicely poached eggs and good quality salmon; and the Full Scottish, which was expertly cooked and came with a potato scone (sadly lacking from a lot of Full Scottish breakfasts we’ve sampled).

Views from the shore


Before checking out we were able to wander down to the nearby shore for some tranquil views over to the mainland.



A great place to spend a night or longer in a scenic part of Scotland.

Duisdale House Hotel is a cosy, clean and well-furbished hotel with high standards when it comes to their food and drink offering. They have a separate bar and lounge area with a plentiful selection of local beer, gin and whisky in the former and roaring log fire in the latter. They also offer well-priced and filling afternoon tea. The hotel is around a 5 hour drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh and there is on site parking.

Not got a car? Duisdale House Hotel can be reached by public transport in summer but we wouldn’t recommend it in winter.

Dogs are also welcome, max 2 per room at a cost of £25 per dog per night which includes a dog bed and water bowl.



Duisdale House Hotel, Isleornsay, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV43 8QW

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Disclaimer: we were invited to the hotel and received a complimentary DBB stay however we still had to pay for drinks and food supplements.




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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