Places that offer something just a bit better, a bit different, a bit special...
Dulse & Brose, Portree
In recent years there has been a lot of development of eating places on Skye. In the summer, demand is still outstripping supply - especially in Portree. One of the best of the newer restaurants is Dulse & Brose at the Bosville Hotel on Bosville Terrace.
Ella's Café, Uig
Ella's Café is a gem of a place just off the main drag in Uig. You'll find it just behind the petrol station in the big building on the left called 'The Shieling'. The building looks a bit shabby, but it houses a real treasure of local craft products, old books, clothing and gifts. To the right on entering is the cafe where Ella cooks and bakes some really wonderful stuff.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain, Sleat
I've never experienced dinner at Eilean Iarmain, but it's a favourite lunch stop when I'm in the area. The people there are nice, the service is good, the location is stunning, and eating in the restaurant is a treat. Not quite up to the standards of the very best on Skye, but pretty good nonetheless. You can eat less formally in the 'An Praban' bar, a particulary nice spot on a cold winter day when the open fire is blazing. A wee bit expensive for bar food perhaps, but decent enough value when you see the portion sizes!
Red Roof Café, Glendale
The Red Roof Café opened in 2011 and has always been an excellent place. In 2019 it changed ownership and is now better than ever. It is housed in a nicely converted barn in Glendale. To find it, take the Holmisdale road south from the junction by the village shop and Post Office in the centre of Glendale.
The limited lunch menu offers fantastic, tasty vegetarian dishes - many of them vegan - with wonderful home baked bread. The tea menu is anything but limited, with a wide range of tastes from around the world. They include teas made with foraged herbs, flowers, nettles and the like from Skye itself.
The Skeabost Hotel has had an up and down history. A former MacDonald hunting lodge at the mouth of the salmon river at Snizort, the hotel and its 9 hole golf course are beautifully situated. And today the place is on the up.
Since 2015, when it was acquired by the owners of Skye's Toravaig House and Duisdale House hotels, a lot of investment has been made and the place has been much improved on its former self. The environment and the service are very good indeed, and the kitchen is producing simple food with great flair and precision. It's well worth a visit for lunch or for dinner.
On a fine day, find yourselves a window table: the views over Loch Snizort Beag from the dining room are superb.