Ethos of The Kylesku Hotel | Sutherland, NC500 | Kylesku Hotel
Kylesku Hotel Kitchen 7 O7 A0635 Photograph by Angus Bremner

Kylesku Hotel Ethos | Sustainable Scottish produce

Restaurant ethos – seasonal, local, sustainable

Our ethos at Kylesku Hotel is to make the most of the wonderful local larder on our doorstep. Sustainable produce is a priority, and we work hand-in-hand with our suppliers to bring high quality, fresh, local ingredients to the table.

We’re especially passionate about seafood, and are lucky to have exceptional seafood that couldn’t be more local. Our lobsters, langoustines, crabs and spineys are creel caught and fished in the waters surrounding the hotel and the marine protected areas of the Summer Isles. You may see the fishing boats landing on the slipway out front.

Our scallops are hand-dived just along the coast. The mussels are rope-grown in the clean waters within Loch Glendhu and Loch Glencoul – you can see them from the hotel. The fish we serve comes from Scottish coastal waters, and is landed at either Kinlochbervie, Scrabster, or the northeast coast.

Langoustine boat at Kylesku slipway, Scotland.
Watch seafood arrive, straight from the loch, at Kylesku slipway.
Mussel Boat, Loch Gleann Dubh, Scotland.
Food metres, not food miles: mussel fishermen at work on Loch Glendhu, in front of the hotel.
Local mussels at Kylesku Hotel, Scotland
Mussels from Loch Glendhu are served in the restaurant.

We also work with local crofters who rear free-range rare breed pork and lamb, and also grow vegetables. Our beef comes from animals reared in the Scottish Highlands. All our venison is wild, and from the surrounding hills.

To accompany the food, in the bar we have an interesting wine list, local real ales and an ever-growing collection of single malt whiskies & Scottish gins.

Seasonal food and sustainability are important to us, and our suppliers often offer tasty bycatch and seasonal vegetable gluts which inspire us to create new dishes. So no two days are the same in the restaurant, and you’ll often see the boat land a surprise catch which is on the menu that evening.

See our restaurant and menu.

Scottish Highland beef
Beef from cattle reared in the Scottish Highlands.
Vegetables grown on Croft 16, Sutherland, Scotland
Produce from local growers at Croft 16, just north of Kylesku Hotel.

Hospitality ethos – soulful, peaceful, personalised

A lot of our guests describe Kylesku Hotel as a “home from home”, and that’s exactly what we strive for.

We’re sharing this wonderful place together, and want guests to relax and make the most of the experience.

It’s a soulful place where you can recharge your batteries and feel stress melt away.

We take the time to get to know you, find out what you want to do and make suggestions. Sit down with a map. Make a picnic. Find fishing rods. Whatever you need for your day.

We’re dog lovers, and welcome happy, peaceful dogs as part of your family.

Kylesku Hotel residents lounge
Our private lounge for residents.
Crabbing on the slipway at Kylesku
Crabbing at Kylesku, just outside the hotel.

No words other than heavenly. Our first visit of the year to our second home.
Robin & Lynne

Design ethos - peaceful

It’s very important to us to celebrate the spirit of the place and retain a connection to the landscape.

The outside seating and panoramic windows were designed to let guests enjoy the breathtaking views, see boats landing on the slipway and the local wildlife and birdlife, so you feel close to your surroundings.

The colours, décor and materials were chosen to harmonise with the natural environment, and are reflected in the room interiors and textiles, too. So there’s a flow between indoors and outdoors that feels peaceful and calming. We think our dog visitors feel it, too!

Kylesku Hotel Helen Lucas Architects 4 Y7 Z3575 Photograph by Angus Bremner
Dog in the restaurant at Kylesku Hotel
Well behaved dogs are welcome in the restaurant and bar (and in the hotel rooms).

We are overwhelmed by the beauty of this location and the warmth of its people. It was a perfect stay.
Larry & Casey

Staff ethos – respectful, supportive, rewarding

We offer an excellent package and operate a very friendly, happy team. It’s a grown-up environment to work in, and our staff are as important to us as our guests. We make sure that people are treated with respect and looked after.

We are a living wage employer.

Everyone has two days off without fail, and if you are here with a partner or friend, then we will do whatever we can to ensure you have the same days off together. We get to know your preferences, and will work to accommodate these.

We’ve invested in our staff accommodation and have lots of it. So if we need to employ more people because they want to work fewer hours, then we can.

It’s also important to us that chefs work in good conditions, and our kitchen has induction throughout.

We invest in our team in all sorts of ways, and take them to award ceremonies with us. If they need something, we try and sort it out for them, including personal matters. Staff have access to an employee assistance programme, which is a 24-7 helpline that they can phone up anonymously to get financial, legal and medical advice.

We do all we can to highlight the opportunities of hospitality as a career. Interested to know more? See jobs at Kylesku Hotel.

Staff behind the bar at Kylesku Hotel, Sutherland

Look forward to welcoming you!
The kylesku team