Cruising up Loch Ness

Yesterday was a fantastic good weather day. The sun was out and it was in the low 20’s. Bright blue, cloudless skies. We decided to get on to the water and do a cruise of Loch Ness. There are a few options with Jacobite Cruises. From a 2 hour cruise through the Caledonian Canal and onto […]

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The veg garden is up and running!

I am pleased to say that after much hard work (and some help from a local landscape gardener), the veg garden and seating area is almost done! Now, to be honest, this will be private space for our own use going forward. But we plan to make the veg and fruit available for our guests. […]

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Going Green!

No, that’s not the garden or the landscape going green – we’re still covered in snow! This is Pinewood Steading being acknowledged by Green Tourism with a Silver Award. This demonstrates our commitment and efforts to building a green and sustainable business. Green Tourism is the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the […]

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New Wood Burning Stove for Cosy Nights

There’s no getting cold during our Highland winters now! We have underfloor heating throughout the Steading which is great, especially on your feet. But we decided we needed something special for those particularly cold nights. So we got a fantastic wood burning stove installed! The wonderful team from Great Glen Stoves came and worked their […]

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Winter Walking on the Trails at Abriachan

I posted a few months ago about the wonderful walks at Reelig Glen and Abriachan. Well, yesterday I took the dogs to Abriachan in the snow and we did one of the many loops. We took just over 2 hours to do it, pausing for the odd photograph. There was snow on the ground, bright […]

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Stargazers benefit from Dark Sky Status

We are pretty remote here at Pinewood Steading with very few neighbours and no near villages, or towns. So we have pretty much dark skies.  You can often find us out in the garden looking at the stars and Milky Way. And on special occasions, looking at the Northern Lights! So, we were especially pleased […]

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It’s a winter wonderland!

We love this time of year – it’s like a Winter Wonderland! Well, we’ve had snow early this year; the first came in early November and as I write this, it’s been snowing for days.  It’s supposed to last for at least another week and then well into December and beyond.  I am sure it’s […]

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Red Squirrels in the Garden!

We’ve started to see a few more red squirrels in the garden recently.  But they’ve been hard to capture on camera.  Jimmy saw one at the bottom of the garden, running along the low wall.  Then he zipped up into one of the trees.  But luckily today I caught one out of the corner of […]

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The Best Place to Spot Dolphins

Last weekend I took two Pinewood Steading guests to experience the delights of a nearby beach – Rosemarkie Beach on the Black Isle. And also Chanonry Point, which is (officially) one of the best places in the world to spot Bottlenose dolphins. We drove via Beauly and the Muir of Ord over to the Black […]

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Where’s Nessie?? Cruising On Loch Ness

My husband, Jimmy, and I recently took ourselves to Fort Augustus (an hour’s drive away) and decided to jump on one of the Loch Ness cruises.  There are two main companies you can go with (basically from opposite end of the Lochs).  So, we jumped on ‘Cruise Loch Ness’ for a one hour trip.  Booked […]

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Visit some Highland Games!

This time of year, there are lots of Highland Games taking place. Over the summer (from May to September), you have the chance to visit over 80, taking place on islands and in towns, villages and cities across Scotland. It’s the place best to see a combination of international athletes, local communities and visitors coming […]

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Visiting Glen Affric and Walking to Dog Falls

We’re lucky to be able to share wonderful photographs taken by a recent guest when they went to Glen Affric.  They took a walk around Dog Falls, which is a beautiful forest stroll through ancient Caledonian Pines. This type of forest is considered to be one of the few truly natural landscapes in the UK. […]

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