As a city-dweller I often try and escape London. Don’t get me wrong, I love my city and feel proud to call London my home, but it is nice to get away from it every now and then. A little sojourn to the countryside for some peace and quiet, some fresh air, and the chance to remind yourself what the stars look like in the night sky. One of the best escapes I’ve had has been the most recent: The Scottish Highlands.
It’s a 90-minute flight to Inverness and from there, just a 30-minute drive to Bona Lighthouse Stables – my home for two nights recently. Part of the Natural Retreats family, it’s almost 200 years old and was originally built to help guide ships into the Caledonian Canal.
These days, it makes for the perfect escape for us city types. It’s isolated, peaceful, immediately homely and incredibly placed for the most breathtaking surroundings. The spacious back garden leads onto the Loch Ness itself, which sets the calming tone for your stay. It’s the ideal spot for a romantic picnic or a summer’s day BBQ.
The cottage itself has been lovingly restored, but has retained its period features. It offers a spacious lounge with the prime feature being the captivating wood-burning stove. The bed is wonderfully comfortable and it’s so incredibly quiet you’ll find yourself drifting off in no time. And what a view to open your curtains onto in the morning!
During your stay, I’d recommend taking a cruise with the Jacobite team. The Immersive Cruise in particular is an hour long and will take you through the history of this world-famous Loch, with sights including Urquhart Castle. Don’t forget to take the provided binoculars with you from Bona Lighthouse Stables!
Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the Nessie this time, but it’s all the more reason to go back again.
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