History & Heritage

Kinloch Lodge is a special place. It is somewhere to escape the noise and speed of modern life. Somewhere to relax and recharge, where you can take things at your own pace.

Nestled between a mountain and the shores of Loch na Dal, with views of the spectacular Cuillin mountains in the distance, Kinloch has a rich history. Built in the 1676 as a farmhouse, it was converted into a shooting lodge for the Macdonalds of Skye in the 18th century. Used as a place of respite and then a family home, where Godfrey, Lord Macdonald and High Chief of Clan Donald, and his wife, world-renowned chef Claire, raised their four children (and countless beloved dogs), the pair converted it into a hotel in 1972.

The family spirit of Kinloch remains with their daughter Isabella Macdonald now at the helm, welcoming guests from around the world into not just a hotel, but her ancestral, family home. Here you will find true Highland hospitality: roaring fires, an extensive whisky collection, giant beds and some of the best food Scotland has to offer.

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