The Dipping Lugger Hotel

Outer Hebrides

An 18th-century former parish manse sits on the harbourfront of the fishing village of Ullapool, overlooking Loch Broom and the Outer Hebrides. Aptly named after a sailing vessel, The Dipping Lugger marries luxury with maritime legacy – amid velvet upholstery, marble tabletops and charming vintage touches, chef David Smith’s tasting menus showcase the Scottish Highlands’ finest produce in simple dishes bursting with flavour. Your four-course lunch might include Loch Boom oyster and red deer; the seven dinner courses incorporating Hebridean Blue and spiced carrot.

Don’t miss an intimate sampling of Seven Crofts gin in The Tasting Room before you head upstairs, where three bedrooms pay tribute to the roots of Ullapool, named after those who helped write its history. Tartan blankets and free-standing rolltop bathtubs are complemented by quirky wallpapers depicting the likes of whales and golden blossoms, while flowers in antique oil tins, bespoke pottery and open fireplaces add to the heritage atmosphere. Stay in MacInnes for elegant, ink-blue furnishings and views across the water or in Telford, whose burnt oranges and coppers contrast with the Scoraig Peninsula beyond. In the morning, typical Highland delicacies – porridge, black pudding, smoked salmon – will set you up for wild swimming, exploring the Corrieshalloch Gorge or a trip to the Isle of Lewis, a ferry ride away.

Doubles from £410, including dinner and breakfast. 01854 613344,

Words by Jasmina Matulewicz

This review is from the April 2022 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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