Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye, Thomas Cook Travel
Claire Macdonald has a lot to answer for. The self-taught Scottish chef and cookbook author has been responsible for bringing a whole load of new, wide-eyed visitors to this remote, windswept part of the UK, in part thanks to her culinary imagination, but also because of her second-to-none Highland hospitality. The reason for this is Kinloch Lodge, her home turned stunning boutique hotel that gives two fingers to the tartan biscuit-tin appeal of many of its Highland competitors.
Highlights: Plumped on a promontory that overlooks the mainland, the property is spoilt with a shingle beach, pine forests to explore, and an abandoned ruined village of Leiter Fura, above the Sound of Sleat.
If you only have one night: Raise a glass. The log fires crackle, resident Michelin-star chef Marcelo Tully (from Brazil, not Braemar) serves up wonderful game and local shellfish, the bar bulges with the largest whisky selection this side of Speyside, and the ruddy-cheeked staff make sure there’s always an excuse to have another dram. Slange var!
Location, location, location: It’s remote, but not that remote. Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth has started shooting on Skye and Keanu Reeves was in town last year.