- We Won Gold!
- Getting Immersed in Military History at Fort George
- Take a Walk on the (local) Wild Side
- Highland Games – a Scottish Highlight!
- Small green efforts make all the difference
- Inverness Botanic Gardens: stunning array of plants and flowers
- Sea glass and dolphins
- Cruising up Loch Ness
- The veg garden is up and running!
- Going Green!
- New Wood Burning Stove for Cosy Nights
- Winter Walking on the Trails at Abriachan
- Stargazers benefit from Dark Sky Status
- It’s a winter wonderland!
- Red Squirrels in the Garden!
- The Best Place to Spot Dolphins
- Where’s Nessie?? Cruising On Loch Ness
- Visit some Highland Games!
- Visiting Glen Affric and Walking to Dog Falls
- The Scottish Highlands in Spring
- Outdoor activities in the nearby area
- Sampling the culinary delights
- Like a Good Walk? Abriachan and Upper Reelig
- Christmas at Pinewood: come and visit in 2017
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 world. We went through a thorough process to get certified. Green Tourism exists to help tourism businesses ensure their long-term viability, both environmentally and economically. And to help holiday makers make clear ethical, sustainable and responsible decisions about where to holiday or visit. And this is just the start of our journey! We’ve been implementing lots of new ideas to help us, and our guests, help Pinewood Steading to be eco-friendly. We are very passionate about helping the environment we live in. Everything from minimising waste, to being efficient, and respecting our environment. Check out our new page for our green credentials. Here’s to going for Gold!
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 magic. We are really pleased with it and hope you like the end result. We will provide a starter pack of firelighters, kindling and wood. Guests can purchase more at cost price ensuring they have easy access to the wood they need. The stove is also kept in good order if the right wood is used. Nothing better than to come in after a day out in the hills, or visiting castles, then settling down in front of a warm fire – and perhaps with a dram or two?!
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 blue skies, not a cloud in sight. There are amazing views from start to finish but the half way point gives a breath taking panorama. We can see Strathfarrar, the Mullardoch Munros and Glen Affric.
Sadly at this point, the battery in my iPhone ran out and I couldn’t take any pictures! So this morning, we hurried back while the sun was out to try and capture the beauty of this wonderful place in the sun. We drove further down the track this time, so did a shorter loop in about 45 minutes. Here are some of the photos I took today – not such a bright sky but still looking wonderful.
Abriachan is definitely worth a visit – there are a host of different walks of varying lengths and difficulty. The main car park itself has picnic tables, toilets, a workshop that holds art and woodland craft sessions, a children’s play area, peace path, Loch Laird to take in bird watching and some wonderful wooden creations and sculptures.