on April 10, 2013
Sligachan Hotel, sitting in the foothills of the fabled Skye's Black Cuillin, facing towards the equally enticing landscape stretching around and beyond Loch Sligachan, surely enjoys one of the most attractive locations in the land. For close to 200 years, the hotel has served those attracted by the wild landscape and the physical challenges offered by the mountains, and the history of hiking in the Cuillins is intimately connected to the Hotel, as evidenced by many photographs and other memorabilia displayed in the public areas now. Nowadays, Sligachan offers not only hotel accommodation, drink and food in its dining room, but a separate seasonal restaurant and a bar featuring hundreds of malts, a micro-brewery, as well as a bunkhouse, self-catering cottages and a camp-site. Children are welcomed in the hotel and there is a great play park for them outside, with a good zip wire for the big ones and climbing frames and slides for the little ones. Although who really needs a play park in an environment like this? Within stone's throw from the hotel there is an expanse of wilderness that offers to a visitor everything from a gentle family walk (boots still required) on a level (if a bit rough) path to serious mountaineering.The last time we came to Sligachan Hotel was on a beautiful October Monday during the Autumn half-term, After a walk in the glen, with three hungry children, we sat down to eat.The food on offer is generally a good-standard gastro-pub fare. There is a children's menu available, but for normal dishes, most mains are between 9-13 GBP, while the kids menu dishes were 5 GBP. What we had of the normal menu was pretty good, from the lamb roast to haggis towers to salmon on a creamy-sauce bed of vegetables, and the children seemed to enjoy their food too, although it did look fairly basic to me. I addition to the hotel's restaurant, in season the hotel operates a larger Sligachan Steakhouse and Grill, which was closed for the season when we came, as well as Seumas Bar -- with over 300 malt whiskies and Real Ales, many pretty decent ones brewed locally on site at The Cuillin Brewery.
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