Big Sky Lodges
If you're looking for a Highland holiday with a difference, then Big Sky Lodges may be just what you're after – six Scandinavian-style, solid pine log cabins set in glorious countryside across the water from Inverness. They're called 'Big Sky' for a reason. Situated on the so-called Black Isle between the Cromarty and Beauly Firths, this isn't classic mountainous Highland territory as such, but rich, crofting land, known for its exceptionally mild climate and a landscape of rolling, forested hills and meadows where the views stretch as far as the eye can see. The lodges are set on their own 17 acres of this unspoilt paradise; some have balconies, where you can enjoy midge-free mild evenings or enjoy your breakfast each morning while watching the numerous red kites catch their own. The lodges themselves are things of beauty in their own right, pretty much wood throughout –sustainable Finnish pine – so very eco-friendly, and exceptionally comfy – perfect bases for both interacting with the nature outside or hunkering down when the weather is poor. Each has a wood-burning stove and three double or twin bedrooms, two or sometimes three bathrooms and a large living area and fitted kitchen. They have central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, flatscreen TV and DVD, and free wifi, as well as books, DVDs and stuff for rainy days. Stays include bed linens and towels and posh toiletries. Proprietor Ailsa is on hand to tend to all your needs and requests, and the lodges are dog-friendly – just as well, as it would be a sin to do the walks in the nearby woods without a hound in tow. If you want to explore further afield, the Black Isle itself is worth investigating – Cromarty is a pleasant town and nearby Chanonry Point is a popular place to spot dolphins. Plus you're just a short drive from Loch Ness in one direction, Speyside and Aviemore in another, and the pleasant towns and countryside around the Dornoch Firth to the north.
From around £350 a week in low season to £799 a week in summer. Winter short breaks available from £259
Open all year.
Big Sky Lodges, Drynie Park Muir of Ord Inverness IV6 7RP
Follow the the A9 past Inverness for about 7 miles until you come to Tore roundabout. Take the second exit, signposted Dingwall (don't follow the first exit, signposted Muir of Ord!), and continue up the hill for about a mile and a half until you see a sign marked Wellhouse and Drynie Park.Turn left here and continue for about a mile along a single track road and you're there.
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