Edinbane Lodge is one of the best luxury boutique hotel’s on the Isle of Skye.
Located between Portree and Dunvegan, Edinbane Lodge features luxurious suites, a cozy bar and award winning restaurant.
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History of Edinbane Lodge
Edinbane Lodge dates back to 1543 and is considered the oldest inn on the Isle of Skye. Originally named Tigh A Linne, it operated as one of three change houses for travellers commuting between Portree and Dunvegan.
In the 1860s it was purchased by Kenneth MacLeod of Greshornish and converted into a hunting lodge. Edinbane Lodge also once served as a land court on the Isle of Skye. People were tried here for various offences including sheep rustling and more serious crimes. If found guilty and sentenced to death, the accused were hanged in the garden.
Edinbane Lodge Transforms Into a Luxury Retreat
Most recently, Edinbane Lodge underwent a top to bottom luxury makeover. Celebrated Chef Calum Montgomery and his family spent 9 months restoring the hotel’s restaurant and rooms.
Edinbane Lodge restaurant officially opened its doors in 2018. A year later, in the Spring of 2019, the properties boutique hotel began hosting guests on the Isle of Skye.
Edinbane Lodge’s boutique hotel has been awarded 5 Gold stars by the AA. Its fine dining restaurant has been awarded Best New Restaurant in Scotland at the CIS Excellence Awards, Best Restaurant on Skye at the Taste Local Awards and a Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor for maintaining a 5 star rating since opening in August 2018. At the time of writing Edinbane Lodge is Ranked #1 on Tripadvisor out of 104 Restaurants on the Isle of Skye.
The Isle of Skye’s newest luxury boutique hotel features four well-appointed suites. The Montgomery family has painstakingly preserved each rooms original charm and character, while upgrading the accommodation to feature the modern amenities you’d expect from an upscale hotel.
Each room at Edinbane Lodge is individually decorated and furnished with woods, fabrics, textures and colours that reflect the rich hues and tones of Skye’s dramatic landscape. Earthy woven tweeds and tartans, soft grained leathers and sumptuous blue velvets are blended together to create a luxuriously local feel.
The walls have been enhanced with works by local artist Katie Tunn and handcrafted Edinbane pottery. Each room also has a selection of Nespresso coffees, tea, housemade shortbread cookies and a stocked minibar.
Ensuite bathrooms at Edinbane Lodge each have their own unique character. Granite grey or golden sand tiled walls, sparkling chrome Edwardian style fixtures, rainfall showers, full size bathtubs, bluetooth backlit mirrors, large fluffy Egyptian cotton towels, embroidered robes and a fragrant selection of complimentary organic toiletries by The Highland Soap Company.
Breakfast at Edinbane Lodge
A full Scottish breakfast is included in the room rate at Edinbane Lodge. Overnight guests wake up to the world by tucking into a decadent brunch featuring Scottish classics like porridge and kippers.
- Fresh Fruit, Cereal, Yoghurt, Toast with Jams and Marmalade, Coffee and Tea
- Scottish Porridge: milk, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg
- Smoked Ayrshire Bacon and Fried Hen’s Eggs
- Duck Egg Omelette with Smoked Orkney Cheddar
- Aultbea White Pudding and Duck Eggs
- Ard Dorch Alder Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Hen’s Eggs
- Achiltibuie Kippers and Lemon
- French Toast with Smoked Ayrshire Bacon
- Edinbane Estate Venison Steak and Duck Eggs
- Vatten Beef Sausages and Spicy Ketchup
When guests skip into Edinbane Lodge the first room they encounter is the boutique hotel’s cozy bar.
For guests visiting the hotel’s restaurant for the evening we suggest arriving an hour early to enjoy a hand crafted tipple at the oak panelled bar. While cocktails are being shaken or stirred, admire the unique collection of Skye landscapes by artist Tom MacKenzie.
Ask the bartender to fix you a drink with Edinbane Lodge Gin. The hotel’s own signature gin is infused with Meadowsweet, Sea Orache and a few secret ingredients foraged from the lodge gardens. The floral gin is blended by the island’s own Isle of Skye Distillers to produce a crisp but, delicately flavoured spirit that serves equally well as an aperitif or after dinner digestive.
The Restaurant at Edinbane Lodge
Edinbane Lodge is most famous for its award winning restaurant. Chef Montgomery and his culinary brigade have worked hard to craft creative dishes that place Edinbane Lodge on several Scotland and Skye best restaurant lists.
Chef Montgomery and his wife Eilidh are locals from Skye so they have many connections around the island from fishermen to crofters. Some of which are relatives, childhood friends and new friends that they have built relationships with over the years.
The menu changes every three to four weeks in accordance with availability and seasonality. The kitchen speaks directly with suppliers on Skye to find out what they will have available before the next menu is developed and finalized.
Dobbernationloves had an exclusive opportunity to interview Chef Montgomery.
What is your favourite dish you’ve created for the Edinbane Lodge menu?
A personal favourite dish of mine is Edinbane Blackcurrant- Leaf and Fruit. We harvest blackcurrants from a nearby blueberry farm in August of each year. We also make purees and sorbets and hold onto them until the following year. When the leaves of the same blackcurrant bush are just right, we forage for them too and make a mousse to go with the sorbet. A real palate cleanser and a perfect pre-dessert on our tasting menu.
What food is Skye most famous for?
Skye is famous for fish and shellfish. Langoustines and lobster in particular. We do a dish of extra large langoustine, which is pan-fried and served with pickled and roasted Portree artichokes. The sauce for the dish is made with the pan juices of the langoustine and finished with a nice acidity from the pickling liquor of the artichoke. All capped off with rich heavy cream to bring the dish together.
Do you grow any fruit, vegetables or herbs on the property?
We grow a lot of soft herbs onsite such as mint, parsley and coriander. Sous Chef Miguel takes charge of the kitchen garden. Roger Whiddon at Orbost, just 9 miles away, serves us with a steady supply of fresh herbs and vegetables all year round.
What unique wines do you offer at the Edinbane Lodge Restaurant?
We offer a varied range of new and old world wines. A particular favourite for our diners is our Drinks Flight. Restaurant Manager and Sommelier John Grant carefully selects wines to accompany each menu with a total of seven paired wines. This is a real hit for foodies and wine lovers who dine at Edinbane Lodge. I highly recommended it so you can enjoy the full gastronomic experience.
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