The owners of a family-run hotel and restaurant on the Isle of Skye have criticised Tripadvisor for publishing a 'hissy fit' review on the popular travel advice site.

The Ferry Inn was given a two-star rating by a woman, apparently because she was unable to book a table.

The owner of the restaurant, said the review amounted to being criticised for a "lack of forward planning", saying the business was generally booked up months in advance.

The reviewer wrote: "Not particularly great experience, no availability for booking. 

"Seems to be a lack of places to eat in Skye.

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"This restaurant was on our list to visit, but sadly could not accommodate till well into June/July."

The owners shared the two-star review online and wrote: "So now anyone who can't get a reservation with us is valid to leave negative 'reviews'.

The Herald:

"Scary stuff if this is the route we are going down as Skye is rammed until October.

"We book up months in advance.

"We have four tables a night, we're a family of 4 running a small inn.

"To have this woman now write two reviews where slamming us and the whole of Skye for her lack of forward planning is ludicrous."

The owners said the two reviews had since been removed by Tripadvisor, which said they were in breach of site policy.

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Dozens of people responded to the tweet with supportive comments, including the owner of another restaurant who said he received a bad review because he was carrying out renovations and the business hadn't yet opened.

Another business in Ballater said guests "expected" to walk in for dinner at the busiest time of the season.

Others referenced notorious reviews left on the site in previous years including a tourist complaining that Ben Nevis has no toilets.

Skye Ferguson, spokeswoman for Tripadvisor, said: "All reviews that meet our community guidelines are posted on the site - good and bad - so travellers can make informed decisions.

"These community guidelines are in place to ensure the content on the site is genuine and represents firsthand traveller and diner experiences of the businesses listed.

"This can include interactions with members of staff, regardless of whether a reviewer has physically visited the establishment, because we believe these experiences give insight to the type of customer service a guest may experience.

"Businesses and travellers are always able to challenge any review posted on the platform, which will then be reviewed and assessed by Tripadvisor.”