Fodor's Expert Review Duncraig Castle

Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, IV52 8TZ, Scotland Fodor's Choice

Built high on a cliff-top overlooking Plockton, this striking 19th-century castle recently opened as a hotel—and instantly became the region's go-to luxury retreat. Bedrooms are exquisitely designed, with period features like chaises longues and dressing tables alongside mod cons like enormous TVs and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms are large and modern with underfloor heating; most offer free-standing bathtubs and separate showers. Breakfast is included, though guests will need to head into Plockton for any other meals. There are, however, free sweets and dog treats available all day long, as well as an honesty bar. Duncraig Castle is 6½ miles north of Kyle of Lochalsh, just east of Plockton.

PROS

  • free kids sweets and dog treats
  • spectacular views over Loch Carron
  • beautiful rooms with modern bathrooms

CONS

  • taxidermy animals—including a polar bear—will repel some
  • no meals except breakfast
  • access road is rough and potholed

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Near the beach
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0599-544295

HOTEL DETAILS

12 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Mar., Free Breakfast

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