Record amount raised at annual St Andrews Day event

Skeabost Cheque Presentation (L-R Dee Mclusky, Elizabeth MacDonald, Marion Maclean, Jennifer Gracie, Anne Gracie, Ian Williams, Gill Williams)

SKYE based Skeabost Hotel is celebrating after raising over £25,000 for local charities at its St Andrews Night Banquet and Charity Auction, beating last year’s total.

The annual event was held at Skeabost Hotel on Saturday 30th November in collaboration with Ian Williams, local artist and committed fundraiser.

The full cost of ticket sales and money raised from the charity auction will be split equally and donated to local causes Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers, Skye Food Bank and Crossroads Care.

Auction prizes included several boat trips that were kindly donated by a number of local businesses and individuals including a ceramic penguin designed by Ian Williams which raised a staggering £1000 and a second one a further £1000.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a host of entertainment and excellent food and drink. A Scottish themed five-course taster menu was specially developed by chef James Dixon of Skeabost Hotels with paired wines from Inverarity Morton and whisky from Torabhaig Distillery of Sleat, Skye.

Steeped in history, Skeasbost Hotel is the third and latest addition to Sonas Collection, a group of family-run boutique hotels on the Isle of Skye. The 18 bedroom house is located on the north of the island by the river Snizort.

Owner of Sonas Collection, Anne Gracie Gunn said:

“We were delighted to welcome guests back to Skeabost Hotel for our fourth annual St Andrews Night Banquet and Charity Auction. The evening was a great success with gorgeous food from our team of chefs,  brilliant company and incredibly generous donations from our guests and local businesses. We raised over £25,000 which has broken all of our previous records. We were blown away by everyone’s generosity and couldn’t thank them enough for helping to support local causes. Our three chosen charities are incredibly close to our hearts and we are so happy that we have been able to help.”

Skeabost Hotel, Duisdale House Hotel, Toravaig House make up The Sonas Collection. Each is known for their elegant dining, picturesque scenery, personable service and comfortable accommodation and have won numerous awards including Island Hotel of the Year and Fine Dining Restaurant Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards and Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Thistle Awards. Anne Gracie Gunn was recently named Highland Ambassador of the Year at the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards for her outstanding contribution to the industry.

For more information on the Sonas Collection, visit

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