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Posted on 27 August 2020
The offer coincides with staff at the hotel being awarded the Small Country Hotel of the Year prize (Islands region) in this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards as well as a special commendation for their efforts to help the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.
During early-lockdown, while the hotel was closed, its staff ran a community initiative delivering lunches with goodie bags and homebaking every week to older people in the community who would ordinarily have lunch in the hotel.
The takeover package aimed at extended families includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, two-course dinners, whisky and gin tastings, and a wildlife walk amid the abundant flora and fauna for which the hotel’s 23,000-acre estate is well-known. Upgrade deals include a simulated stalking experience and a tour of Torabhaig Distillery.
“Our staff are so proud of our awards and the recognition of their efforts during the pandemic. In our island communities, family and friends are everything, and the ethos of bringing people together through the hotel is one that all the staff here have bought into,” said Claire Nicolson of Hotel Eilean Iarmain. “As many people begin to favour the ‘staycation’ approach to holidays during the pandemic, we have remained busy in recent weeks. We realise, though, that there are increasingly limited options for people to stay as a large group, so we came up with a package that allows people to experience the many advantages of hotel accommodation — being cooked for and having the cleaning done on your behalf — while also sampling other experiences under one roof and on the land around us.”
The historic, family-friendly establishment lies within the Sleat peninsula — known as The Garden of Skye — and is rich in history as the place from which Flora Macdonald was transported as a prisoner by boat to the Tower of London to be tried for colluding with Bonnie Prince Charlie, an act immortalised by the famous tune The Skye Boat Song. While tourists flock to the popular tourist hotspots of Portree and beyond, including the island’s Fairy Pools, those who head to the south of the island are treated to the island’s richest offering of flora and fauna, folklore, and friendly welcomes.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain is a two-hour drive from Inverness or, for those more adventurous, just six miles north of Armadale, where a regular ferry service operates to and from Mallaig, the village at the end of the ‘Harry Potter’ trainline experience that runs via the famous Glenfinnan viaduct on the West Highland Line. Eilean Iarmain’s own whisky company, Pràban na Linne, produces The Gaelic Whiskies, comprising Tè Bheag, the MacNaMara classic, and the aged malts of Poit Dhubh, bottled at eight, 12, and 21 years old.
The late entrepreneur and champion of Gaelic language and culture Sir Iain Noble (1935-2010) became proprietor of Hotel Eilean Iarmain and surrounding estate in 1972, a role continued to be held by his wife Lucilla. A year later, Sir Iain established a new college for Gaelic speakers, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, which has gone on to be internationally-renowned centre for Gaelic learning. He was committed to supporting and promoting the linguistic and cultural heritage of the crofting counties. As an integral part of these endeavours, Sir Iain invested in the conservation of the environmental heritage, pioneering the establishment of one of the first native woodland regeneration schemes in Scotland.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain has a strong track record in national awards contests, having been named Country Sports Hotel of the Year in last year’s Scottish Hotel Awards. It also gained the following regional prizes in the Islands area: Bar of the Year, Coast Hotel of the Year, and Outdoor Pursuits Hotel of the Year. It has previously earned the SHA’s Good for the Soul Award in recognition of the wholesome and invigorating lifestyle available to guests.
In 2017, the Fearann Eilean Iarmain, the surrounding estate, earned The Golden Plover Award, a joint initiative between The Heather Trust and The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Scotland. It is held each year to celebrate the very best of progressive, innovative upland management in Scotland, with a particular emphasis on balance and integration.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain
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Article by HNS
Posted on 27 August 2020