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Situated on the shores of Loch Alsh, Balmacara Hotel is just 5 minutes’ drive from Kyle of Lochalsh, the main crossing point to the Isle of Skye. Regular live traditional music is featured in the on-site pub, and free private parking is also provided. An en suite bathroom, TV and tea/coffee making facilities are included in each Balmacara room, and most enjoy scenic views across Loch Alsh towards the Isle of Skye. Contemporary themed rooms are on offer, and some are furnished with Victorian antiques. Guests can savour views of the Loch as they enjoy their meals. Specialities include local seafood and game, and a full English breakfast is served in the 1930’s style coffee lounge. Eilean Donan Castle is less than a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and the outer islands of Lewis, Harris or Uist can be visited in a single day.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.7 for a two-person trip.

Balmacara Hotel has been welcoming guests since 18 Aug 2005.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.7)

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Free private parking available at the hotel

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Room type
2 single beds
2 double beds
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
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Travel Sustainable Level 3
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
Low score for Kyle of Lochalsh
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  • Sheila
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Good size room & shower room. Very tasty dinner. Lovely decor throughout. Great location for Isle of Skye. Lots of choice at bfast. Staff efficient & friendly. Had car park. Fantastic view over the Loch. Very clean.
  • Michelle
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Clean and neat the staff were awesome and very friendly.
  • Canada
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Pleasant overall stay made even better by Millie who was very helpful and accommodating.
  • Kunjeer
    The staff was extremely kind and helped me heat up my food as I'm vegetarian and had got my own packed food. Parking was very convenient and free. There is a grocery store next door with the sea in the front.
  • Paul
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Lovely location. Great place to stay with friendly staff. Room was comfortable.
  • Catherine
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Very convenient location, quiet, and with a lovely view out over the water.
  • Linda
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Fantastic breakfast cooked and a great continental. Lovely
  • Ville
    Spacious and clean room, and friendly staff. Breakfast was also okay.
  • James
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Lots of parking. Amazing views. Lots of choice at breakfast. Comfy beds. Staff all really helpful
  • Danon
    Good location at the entrance to sky. Beautiful lake view. Nice staff

Property questions and answers
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  • WIth your superior or family rooms is there the option to put in a pull out bed, my son has Downs and wont share a double with his sibling?

    Hello, We would be able to add a small bed to the room if that would be helpful? Leah
    Answered on 18 May 2021
  • Hi How much extra for 1 x little Spaniel dog tonight please and can we book a newly refurbed room with seaview? Dog is very well behaved Thnx

    Hello, Unfortunately we do not accept any pets. Sorry for any inconveience this may cause. Kind regards, Balmacara Hotel
    Answered on 16 July 2021
  • Is it possible to travel round the Island without a car?

    I strongly recommend to do it with a car
    Answered on 24 June 2022
  • Hello, will the restaurant be open this evening?

    Dear Guest; Our restaurant will be open from February 2021 until November 2021. Regards, Balmacara Hotel.
    Answered on 23 November 2020
  • Hi just wondering if the hotel has a bar?

    Yes, our hotel has a bar and lounge area. Robyn BH
    Answered on 14 February 2022
  • have you a room for two adults and one children (16 years old) for two nights 9/08 10/08 thank you for your answer Dominique

    Hello there, sorry but we dint have rooms available to fit 3 pax Regards, Juan
    Answered on 10 July 2023
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Hotel surroundings *

1 restaurant on site

  • Balmacara Hotel On-Site Restaurant
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
    • Ambiance
    • Dietary options

Facilities of Balmacara Hotel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.1

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Beachfront
  • Family rooms
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Coffee machine
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Live music/performance
  • Beach
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Darts
  • Fishing
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible).
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Shared lounge/TV area
    • Private check-in/check-out
    • Fax/photocopying
      Additional charge
    • Packed lunches
    • Meeting/banquet facilities
      Additional charge
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • CCTV in common areas
    • Smoke alarms
    • Security alarm
    • Safety deposit box
    • Minimarket on site
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Heating
    • Family rooms
    • Non-smoking rooms
    Languages spoken
    • German
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Hebrew
    • Italian

    House rules

    Balmacara Hotel takes special requests - add in the next step!


    From 15:00 to 21:00


    Until 11:00



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children of any age are welcome.

    Children 13 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

    To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    0 - 2 years
    Cot upon request
    Adult (18+ years)
    Extra bed upon request
    £40 per person, per night

    Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

    The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

    All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

    No age restriction

    There is no age requirement for check-in


    Pets are not allowed.

    Maestro Mastercard Visa Cash Balmacara Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print

    Guests arriving after 22:30 must contact the Balmacara Hotel to arrange this in advance.

    When booking 5 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements will apply.

    In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

    Please inform Balmacara Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    FAQs about Balmacara Hotel

    • Balmacara Hotel is 3.1 miles from the centre of Kyle of Lochalsh. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Check-in at Balmacara Hotel is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

    • Guests staying at Balmacara Hotel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.1).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Full English/Irish
      • Vegetarian
      • Gluten-free

    • Balmacara Hotel offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Cycling
      • Hiking
      • Diving
      • Fishing
      • Canoeing
      • Darts
      • Beachfront
      • Live music/performance
      • Beach

    • Balmacara Hotel has 1 restaurant:

      • Balmacara Hotel On-Site Restaurant

    • Room options at Balmacara Hotel include:

      • Twin
      • Double
      • Single
      • Family
      • Twin/Double

    • Yes, Balmacara Hotel is popular with guests booking family stays.

    • The prices at Balmacara Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.