What does your 2016 sound like so far?
Is it filled with the noise of phones ringing and keyboards clacking, all punctuated by the occasional sound of your boss combusting?
Would you prefer your 2016 to be sound tracked by the sound of waves lapping, birds calling and logs burning?
If so, tune in, turn on and switch off with today’s Big Deal on a two night, dinner, bed and breakfast stay at Hotel Eilean Iarmain in Isle Ornsay on the beautiful Isle of Skye.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain is small and privately owned boutique hotel, situated on a sheltered bay in the south of Skye, with expansive views over the Sound of Sleat to the hills of Knoydart on the mainland.
It’s a stunning location for a romantic break.
A traditional, sixteen bedroom hotel, Hotel Eilean Iarmain retains its old world charm and gives each guest a truly genuine Highland welcome from the moment you arrive.
The offer is for two people to stay two nights in a standard double or twin with a full Scottish breakfast each morning. The offer also includes a two course dinner each evening – one night in the restaurant and one night in the bar.
The rooms are all ensuite, traditionally decorated and with their own individual character. Some rooms are wood-lined and one has a 19th century canopied bed from nearby Armadale Castle.
All rooms have complimentary tea/coffee/chocolate/shortbread/toiletries, hair dryer, dressing gowns, direct dial telephone and a miniature of gold award winning Te Bheag whisky.
The owners have maintained the classic character of the hotel keeping its Highland charm and old world atmosphere. Tartan carpets, a golden eagle and stag antlers adorn the hall and there are log fires in the reception rooms.
Local seafood and game
Overlooking the bay and the island of Ornsay, the hotel’s wood panelled Birlinn brasserie has two AA Rosettes offering fine dining a la carte.
The menu reflects the owners’ commitment to providing a wide selection of local seafood and game.
The Praban bar offers draught and bottled beer, including the local real ale, plus an excellent selection of malt whiskies from all over Scotland.
Throughout the year the bar has many themed food evenings and regular ceilidh nights with traditional Scottish music and Gaelic song.
Guests can choose which night they wish to dine in the restaurant and which night they wish to dine in the bar.
See and do
The estate of Fearann Eilean Iarmain is an area of great natural beauty with hills, moorland, native woodlands and seashore. This habitat sustains abundant bird life and a wide variety of plant species and wild flowers.
The area is known as Lios an Eilein or The Garden of Skye, and it is yours to explore.
As well as wildlife watching, there is the opportunity to go shooting and fishing – dependent on season.
Numerous hill lochs offer wild brown trout with the chance of a few bigger fish on two of the lochs. There are also sea trout in two small rivers. Permits are available per day or per week.
Beside the hotel, on the little harbour, is the headquarters of the award winning Gaelic Whiskies, the only whisky company with its headquarters in the Hebrides.
Also adjacent to the hotel is the boutique Floraidh tweed and wool shop where visitors can buy cutting edge designs incorporating the subtle mix of Harris tweed and velvet. All garments are beautifully hand tailored in Scotland.
The nearby Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle has a visitor centre and a fine arboretum and garden. In the north of the island is Dunbheagan Castle, and Portrigh, the capital of Skye.
And, of course, Skye is famous for its vast array of gentle walks, longer hikes, challenging climbs and famous mountaineering.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain has many fans on TripAdvisor:
‘Lovely location and great food. Hidden charms on the Isle of Skye, a lovely small boutique hotel, offering friendly service , great food using local products. The bed was one of the most comfy I have slept in. This is a great hotel for a couple of days stopover if you are touring Scotland.’
This visitor enjoyed the food:
‘Had both a casual lunch in the bar and lunch in the restaurant here. Amazing spot and great staff made our visit here an excellent one. The food is outstanding and I have to say the best dessert I have ever tasted! Would definitely recommend dropping in and sampling this for yourself. Cosy fire and friendly staff made the whole experience just lovely.’
Accessible by road or ferry, the hotel is approximately four hours by road from Glasgow or Edinburgh and two hours from Inverness.
Once you get here, you will feel a long way from work and your boss will seem a distant memory.
If that sounds good, click the buy button and book yourself some island magic.