A Skye hotel has been named the best place to stay in Scotland's Highlands and Islands. 

Duisdale House received the Best Hotel Experience award at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Association gala dinner in Inverness on Friday night (November 10. 

Owners of the 22 bedroom luxury hotel invested half a million pounds in the attraction, which sits in 25 acres of gardens and has panoramic views over the Sound of Sleat to the Knoydart wilderness.

Anne Gracie Gunn, who bought Duisdale House in 2005 with her late husband Captain Ken Gunn, said: "We are passionate about giving our guests a memorable island experience and showcasing the best of Highland hospitality.

“I am thrilled this has been recognised anew through this award in which we were competing against many wonderful hotels.”

The Herald: A sunset on SkyeA sunset on Skye (Image: Duisdale House)

Ms Gunn owns the Sonas Hotel Collection, which includes three hotels on Skye. She said: “At Sonas we invest in quality in all we do and are always trying to improve.

"Guests have been enthralled with the consistently high standard of service provided by our magnificent staff who go the extra mile for them day in and day out.”

The Award criteria specified  hotels must “provide guests with a memorable and authentic experience and a warm welcome to all visitors, have sustainability at their heart and demonstrate exemplary levels of customer service and satisfaction.”

Improvements and additions Ms Gunn made at Duisdale included three new lodges, a two bedroom cottage and a master suite with private conservatory and terrace.

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It also recently installed a six seater outdoor hot tub and swim spa, and plans to build a spa incorporating a sauna, steam room, gym, chromotherapy and exercise pools, and treatment rooms.

Ingredients used in its 2 Rosette restaurant are sourced predominantly from Skye and Lochalsh or freshly grown in its polytunnel. 

A feature of its experience is regular after-dinner ‘Tales by the Fireside’ where a local historian and archaeologist entertains guests with facts, legends and myths about ‘The Misty Isle.’

Duisdale will now represent the Highlands and Islands in the national final of VisitScotland’s Thistle Awards which will be held at the Glasgow Hilton on December 1.