On the wilder side of the ‘dinosaur isle’ of Scotland (named for the fossils and footprints discovered here), Coruisk House can be found at the the end of a 13-mile single track, running through the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands. In Clare and Iain’s cosy and informal restaurant, guests choose from a short but sublime menu that lets the local ingredients sing: shellfish such as langoustines, lobsters and hand-dived scallops are served with their perfectly appointed wine list, and an array of Highland malt whiskeys and gins (give advance notice for a delicious vegetarian option). Food writer Hattis Ellis called this ‘the best food on Skye’, but perhaps the greatest testament to this tiny restaurant on a far-flung isle is a booking list stretching months in advance.
The five bedrooms are perfectly hygge little havens, with sheepskin rugs and duck-down bedding, and views across the Sound of Sleat. Guests are welcomed into the couple’s embracing hospitality with a glass of prosecco on arrival, and breakfasts that include peat-smoked salmon, Scottish pancakes and home-made compotes.
And Skye’s the limit when it comes to activities: catch a boat from Elgol harbour (where Bonnie Prince Charlie fled in 1745) into the spectacular Loch Coruisk, to spot orcas, puffins and golden eagles.