Inverness Creative Academy

December’s Christmas Markets in the Highlands

We counted 6 Christmas markets in our area on the weekend! From regular weekend fares like the Black Isle Farmer’s market turning Christmassy in North Kessock. To the local primary school in Kirkhill. Across to the Singleton Distillery in Muir of Ord holding their annual Christmas Fare (whisky tasting too!) To the wonderful Beauly Christmas […]

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Feeding time at Pinewood Steading!

Multiple dogs welcome at Pinewood Steading – for no charge!

We are very proud to be very dog-friendly at Pinewood Steading. We welcome multiple dogs at no charge. This past week we had 1 family come with 2 Dobermann’s, 1 Vizsla and 1 Staffy! They enjoyed the private and enclosed garden that comes with the Steading. Mum and dad knew the dogs could go outside […]

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Liquid Footprints

Family and dog friendly adventures with Liquid Footprints

We had a fabulous day out on Loch Achilty recently, courtesy of Chris and Liquid Footprints. A few hours in a canoe on the loch followed by Afternoon Tea right by the loch side, wonderful! Chris and his team offer a range of outdoor experiences such as canoeing, sea kayaking, and gorge scrambling. The experiences […]

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Jump aboard Dolphin Spirit for a trip around the Moray Firth

I was lucky enough to have a trip on Dolphin Spirit in May, courtesy of Visit Inverness Loch Ness. I drove 20 mins to Inverness, along to the Inverness Marina and boarded the boat for a trip around the Moray Firth. The Dolphin Spirit Wildlife Cruise is family friendly, wheelchair accessible and dog friendly too. […]

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Scottish Highlands montage centred around our luxury self catering accommodation

Highlands voted the top UK destination in Wanderlust travel magazine poll

Well, we’re not surprised the Highlands has been voted the top 2019 UK travel destination in a major poll of travellers by Wanderlust Travel Magazine.  From hiking the West Highland Way, or the Great Glen Way. From driving the superb North Coast 500. Visiting castles, lochs, distilleries, or historical sites.  Taking in amazing walks with […]

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We Won Gold!

Earlier this year, we commenced our journey with Green Tourism and were thrilled to receive the Silver Award. Since then, we have embarked on many changes and improvements on our way towards Gold. To be awarded Gold, you don’t need to implement massive changes like solar panels (although we are looking into them!) Instead, you […]

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Fort George entrance gate

Getting Immersed in Military History at Fort George

On a very windy October day, we took ourselves off to Fort George, just outside Ardersier, near Inverness. We were amazed by how big this fortification is! Built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the fort is still used as a British Army establishment. Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated at Culloden, […]

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Take a Walk on the (local) Wild Side

One of the best things about our location is the endless amount of walks you can do nearby. This morning we decided to drive 10 minutes to near Beauly to do Loch nam Bonnoch (courtesy of WalkHighlands). This is a 4 miles / 6.5 km walk, mainly flat but with stunning, incredible views. You can […]

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Highland Games – a Scottish Highlight!

Every summer throughout Scotland there are a host of Highland Games to visit! Highland Games are iconically Scottish. They are amazing events to celebrate and bear witness to the fabled skill, strength and endurance of the Highlander. Wherever the Games are held, each has its own local character and traditions. This is a cracking day […]

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Small green efforts make all the difference

Just a short blog post to say our new composting bins have arrived – yay! We have two – one in the enclosed garden for my compost from the veg gardens and the house; and one by the Steading for our guests to use. All veg and fruit waste can be composted, coffee grounds and […]

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Inverness Botanic Gardens: stunning array of plants and flowers

Well, I had never been to the Botanic Gardens in Inverness before and after seeing some of their posts on Facebook, I decided it was time to visit. It’s just a 20 minutes drive or so, over by the large sports centre and swimming pool (maybe combine a visit?) It’s always open 7 days a […]

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Sea glass and dolphins

Back in October 2017, I posted ‘The Best Place to Spot Dolphins’. I went back on the weekend to combine a walk along the beach with sea glass hunting! I was accompanied by an expert from America as I had never been sea glass exploring before. Sea glass is bottles, jars and glass that have […]

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