Achnagairn House (Kirkhill, Inverness-shire)

Achnagairn HotelDuring our flying visit to the Highlands, we stayed for a couple of nights at this charming, 400 year old, restored manor house, for a family wedding. The Grade B listed, white turreted mansion, is set 15 acres of lovely landscaped gardens and woodlands, surrounded by many tall and ancient trees. The house is a private hotel and its beautiful grounds are very pleasant to explore. From the formal partier style garden at the front of the house guests can walk down the hill, via lovely a woodland walk, to a small private river lined with beach trees. The wooded glades near the river were filled with wild garlic and wood anemones, that were just springing into flower during the few days we were there.


loch ness, view from Strone During our stay two very fortunate members of the family had rented a cottage on the slopes of Loch Ness, which boasts some the most picturesque views across the loch and the small villages of Lewis & Drumnadrochit. We could not resist a trip up the steep track to appreciate its breathtaking setting. A lane at the back of the cottage affords access to some excellent walks over the surrounding hills and many birds of prey, including eagles can be spotted souring over the valley.


Nairn HarbourBecause of its close proximity to Inverness Airport, Nairn was an ideal over-night stopping point before catching our flight back to Luton. Due to its good transport links and wide sandy beaches, the small town has developed into a popular holiday destination over the years, with camping, caravanning, fishing, boating, walking and two golf courses among its many attractions. Although Nairn claims to be one of the driest seaside resorts in Scotland, it was overcast and raining the day we went! However, this did not detract from the charm of the town and its surroundings.

We stayed in a small B&B, near the town centre, so that we could easily walk into the town and along the seafront without the need for a car. We took a walk around he town and a lovely bracing stroll along the promenade, to the harbour area, where a mixed collection of sailing and pleasure boats were moored. I would have loved to extended our walk along the river (which is very pleasant) but unfortunately we did not have enough time. The town is filled with streets of fine stone built houses and the small shopping centre was pleasant enough, with plenty of cake shops, cafes and some excellent 'Fish and Chip' bars. The town also has a small museum that tells the story of the fisherfolk of Nairn and the history of the local community.

Content by Steve Benney

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