The Highlands have been on my list of places in Scotland to visit for a while now. I always feel slightly ashamed when I speak to friends from other countries and am asked about the north of Scotland and I have to confess I haven’t seen a whole lot of it. So, I may have put on my persuasive voice when we were deciding on the annual weekend getaway with Alan’s side of the family. The last couple of years we have been to Perthshire, which is so beautiful that we were thinking about visiting again this year. However, it can be difficult to find accommodation for our huge family so we looked farther afield.
We opted for the Highland Holiday Home and weren’t disappointed. Located in Errogie, on the North East end of Loch Mhòr and just a couple of miles to the East of Loch Ness it’s perfectly rural (whilst being near enough to Inverness for a wee visit).
The cottage was perfect. A huge 5 bedroom house with an open plan kitchen living area, separate living room with TV (and a selection of DVDs for the kids), log burner, toys for the kids, board games for the adults and so much garden space for the kids to run around in (including its very own pond, complete with ducks!).
The owners live just next door and were on hand to greet us and tell us anything that their welcome pack had missed. It was also great to know they were close should anything go wrong, especially in such a rural area.
We loved the added touch of having a selection of toys, books, dvds, a travel cot and a high chair as it’s such a faff taking these things each time you go away. We literally packed enough entertainment for the car journey and relaxed knowing that we wouldn’t have to worry about this while we were away.
Because there’s so many of us we don’t tend to eat out lots when we go away together. We love buying lots of nibbles and lots of wine and hunkering down indoors where the kids can relax and play.
However we thought it would be nice to explore a little one evening. So glad we did. The drive itself was amazing. Winding roads right next to fields – and the lack of fences meant we came face to face with sheep and cows on the trip there. The landscape in this part of Scotland is beautiful.
The lovely owners of the Highland Holiday Home had sent us a great email with lots of info about their home, as well as recommendations of places to go and places to eat so this definitely made the weekend stress free.
We opted for the Dores Inn, situated right on the banks of Loch Ness. You should book in advance if you fancy this place as it’s dining room is quite small and fills up fast. We arrived a little early so were asked to pop to the bar for a drink while they got our table ready. We filled the entire bar area so most of us decided to explore while we waited.
It was so worth it. Check out these views! Absolutely amazing.
The kids enjoyed a bit of Nessie spotting and are convinced that they sighted her…what do you think?
It’s classic pub grub on offer at the Dores Inn, which was perfect for us after a day of walking. We mostly sampled the fish, scampi, haggis and burgers! Huge portions! All delish! The service was great, although there was a slight mix up with one of the main courses which we ended up having to wait for. However the team were so great, apologised and gave us some complimentary drinks by way of an apology.
With so many great walks around Inverness-shire you would honestly be spoilt for choice. We decided to take on the Foyers Falls, as it’s a relatively short walk (2.5 miles), so ideal for those with kids. The views it provides are immense. The walk starts with a trek to the falls and then continues down through the woodland towards the banks of Loch Ness before you loop round and back again.
We have walked a fair amount with the kids and to be honest, we’re normally having to bribe them round with snacks whilst trying to make it all sound like an adventure but this was the first time that we have managed a decent length of a walk with no whining. Yey us!
We had a fantastic time in Inverness-shire and of course would recommend it (there’s not many places in Scotland I’m not going to recommend), although 2 nights just isn’t enough to really explore this area in-depth.
I’ve definitely got a taste for the highlands now though and we have to go back (mainly because we didn’t do the Loch Ness Experience and T was not impressed…whoops!)
Have you visited the Scottish Highlands? Where would you recommend?