Happy Friday, all. How was the week? At the current hour, votes are still being counted in Scotland, and the question of independence remains up in the air (although early reports are that it looks as if "no" will win the day). No matter your feelings on the subject, it can't be argued that it isn't a stunningly beautiful - and perhaps magical - place. And so with the weekend upon us, why don't we retreat to the countryside and relax a bit. The world can wait while we check into Inverlochy Castle, an elegant country house hotel in the Western Highlands.
After a long but lovely drive past glens, lochs, mountains and towns with names usually only spotted on bottles of single malt scotch, luxurious laziness awaits through the gates and down the drive.
There may be adventures and tours and country pursuits to be planned, but cozy chairs in front of the fire beckon and it's easy to lose an hour or more.
A leisurely walk around the park rewards with breathtaking views, and one can't help but agree with Queen Victoria who wrote in her diary, "I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot."
There's a walled garden to discover with dahlias so beautiful they deserve a post of their own. And a few new friends to meet out in the meadows...
The dust on the croquet set may make one wonder if it's been used since the manor was built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger... but games can wait while there is so much elegant comfort to revel in, don't you think? Perhaps another cup of tea instead.
Here's to the weekend! Hope yours brings fun and relaxation in equal measure. Let's all raise a wee dram to Scotland and wish her well, no matter how she chooses to play out her future.
PS: Thanks for all your lovely words about our trip so far. A few of you mentioned you'd like to know how we decided on Scotland and Iceland for our holiday and what our complete itinerary covered. A round up post is coming next week, so please let me know if you have any questions about our travels, I'd be happy to answer! XO