FANCY a Highland fling with a difference? Want to explore the untouched Scottish wilderness without sacrificing your creature comforts? If the notion of a luxurious five-star Highland holiday appeals, then read on …
When it comes to comfort, style and rustic charm, it’s hard not to fall in love with Eagle Brae. This plush log cabin village is hidden away on a remote Highland hillside amongst magnificent glens and towering munros.
The resort combines the breath-taking scenery with uber-luxe accommodation and all the mod-con comforts of home. The enchanting cabins offer spectacular views and an abundance of wildlife on your doorstep.
Each cedarwood cabin (all are named after rare bird species) is hand-made from the ground up featuring quirky decor, hand-woven textiles and intricately carved balconies.
Creature comforts include home cooked meals, complementary WiFi, family areas and an office space.
All cabins have an open-plan design with the sitting room, kitchen and dining area combined under a cathedral ceiling and open to an upper floor mezzanine overlooking the living space below.
Bedrooms can be set up either as twin beds or a double, depending on each guest’s preference.
The smaller cabins (Tringa, Parus, Sylvia and Strix) each have a double bedroom and a bathroom downstairs, and an open mezzanine upstairs that’s been set up as a second sitting room.
The larger cabins – Buteo, Loxia and Aquila – have an additional en-suite bedroom upstairs, as well as an open plan mezzanine area for kids to play in.
Eagle Brae sits at the very heart of the Highlands, just north of Loch Ness, so it’s the perfect base to explore breathtaking scenery in all directions.
On a clear day, both the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the same spot atop the peak of Sgurr na Lapaich, 3,773ft above sea level.
You won’t be short of outdoor pursuits either. If fishing floats your boat, the Highlands is renowned for its famous salmon rivers and wildnerness trout lochs.
Eagle Brae offers salmon, trout and pike fishing all on its own water – the River Farrar, River Glass, Loch Monar and two beautiful hill lochs.
There are no trespass laws in Scotland, so hikers are free to roam wherever they choose – just remember to dress for the weather, close gates behind you, and avoid private estate moorland hills during red deer stalking season (July 1 to Feb 15).
Countless routes with properly formed paths can be found at the national nature reserve, Glen Affric, and there is plenty of hill climbing with views at the end of it that make the effort well worthwhile.
Other popular pursuits include bird watching, canoeing and kayaking, deer stalking, pony trekking, golf and even black grouse safari.
For further information and booking, see www.eaglebrae.co.uk.