A return to Skye

So the blog has taken a backseat again for a while as it’s been a busy few months. Not content with turning our world completely upside down with the arrival of baby Xanthe in June, me and my other half, Malcolm, decided to uproot our wee family and move back up to sunny Aberdeenshire at the beginning of August.

Ordinarily this would have been complicated enough with an 8 week old but little did we know that at the time she had also developed a pretty bad case of acid reflux. Cue lots of sleepless nights, lots of crying (from both me and Xanthe!) and lots of trips to the doctor.

So when my parents suggested we join them for a week on Skye we jumped at the chance…of willing babysitters! Malcolm and I had managed a brief trip to Skye last year to visit friends but certainly hadn’t seen (or tasted) all that the island had to offer.

High up on our list of things to do this year was another trip to the spectacular Three Chimneys. But it wasn’t meant to be. On booking our table we were informed that Xanthe wouldn’t be able to come as the restaurant didn’t allow under 5s. Whether it was a licensing issue or simply a matter of maintaining a certain image, I wasn’t prepared to leave my wee girl behind.

Kinloch Lodge on the other hand were most accommodating and even asked if we needed anything specific for the wee one. Already Claire MacDonald’s restaurant had won us over.

I’m not a seasoned restaurant reviewer so I’ll make no attempt to describe the wonders of the food or surroundings but I will say that it was spectacular. The staff were fabulous, the food was amazing and the scenery on the drive there was breathtaking.  All in all, not being able to take Xanthe to the Three Chimneys wasn’t such a bad thing!

Xanthe enjoying a relaxing moment in the Drawing Room at Kinloch Lodge before lunch
Xanthe enjoying a relaxing moment in the Drawing Room at Kinloch Lodge before lunch
Spicy pea soupçon with olive bread
Spicy pea soupçon with olive bread
Starter: Lobster mousse
Starter: Lobster mousse
Main course: lamb with pancetta and dauphinoise potatoes
Main course: lamb with pancetta and dauphinoise potatoes

Dessert a gorgeous very tart lemon tart with salted caramel popcorn ice cream but unfortunately a certain little person decided she needed fed just as it landed in front of me so I missed out on the opportunity for a photo. It was however the perfect ending to a lovely meal.

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