A good part of travelling with a local in Scotland is that they can whisk you away from the cities and towns and have you in a remote location is an hour or so. It seems strange to me that the wilderness can be within an hour of a major city. A good sort of strange. We took a little side road close to the country house hotel where we were to spend the night to see the little railway station of Achnasheen. How cute is that? I didn't notice at the time but the Wet Paint sign is still out.
The exterior of the Ledgowan Lodge Hotel looked almost as austere as Fort George had but only from a distance.
Just outside the front door sits a rather lovely fairy surrounded by pretty flowers in pots. Look closely, she has horns. I'd like to know more about her.
I was a bit blown away by the inside of the hotel. It was very "how the other half lives" to me. Very pukka sahib. I wonder if it is typical of hunting lodges in Scotland? All that beautiful wood panelled walls, wide sweeping staircase, stained glass windows and luxuriously draped windows!
On top of that, the service was friendly and efficient and the food first class. I had a beetroot and brie pie for dinner and have been looking for a recipe for it ever since. Damn, it was good.
Graham took a lot more photos here than I did. He also got up a lot earlier in the morning to catch the early morning mist. Take a look at his photos on his blog here.