Staycations don’t get much better than the award-winning Eagle Brae log cabins, these cosy retreats are nothing short of paradise and come complete with a wood burner and French doors that open out to miles of untouched Scottish wilderness.
If you’d love to get up close and personal with nature, but have a fear of sacrificing your creature comforts, this is a wilderness experience with a difference. Eagle Brae is the stunning result of one family’s eight years of hard work. These high-end log cabins have a remote, peaceful hillside setting in the Highlands, just a 30-minute drive from Inverness.
Each cabin at Eagle Brae was hand-built by master craftsmen using traditional Norwegian techniques, the gigantic logs are Canadian red cedar, sourced from sustainable forests in British Columbia. Each roof is covered with a layer of turf to help insulate the cabins and to help them blend into their rural landscape. It feels like a fairytale as you drive back to your cabin to see smoke puffing from the chimney, grass sprouting from the roof and semi-tame local deer pottering around.
Inside, the luxurious cabins feature dramatic high pitched ceilings, well-equipped kitchens with every gadget and pan you could possibly think of, lovely bathrooms, mezzanine levels, wood burner stoves and awe-inspiring terraces with outdoor picnic tables and expansive views across valleys and forests.
The carefully considered interiors are decked out with artwork by local artists, sporting paraphernalia, Scottish tartan and wooden furnishings that were carved in the Himalayas. There’s a TV, DVDs and Wi-Fi if you’re not completely ready to disconnect, but if you’re craving peace and quiet, the only sound you’ll hear is the wind, wood crackling in the fire or the occasional passing owl.
Eagle Brae is unique in that it’s equally suited to couples looking for a romantic break and families keen to experience the great outdoors. One Bedroom lodges are a cosy retreat for two and Two Bedroom lodges can fit six adults or four adults and two children, with two double bedrooms and two single log beds built into the wall on the mezzanine floor.
The seven cabins are just a 30-minute drive from Inverness, although the nearest tiny village is Struy, which takes around 20 minutes to walk to. Here you’ll find a quaint pub, The Struy Inn, which offers over 50 single malt whiskies and some great local food.
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle can be easily reached on a day trip. Plodda Falls – a 150ft high waterfall with a viewing platform not for the faint hearted – is beautiful and also a short drive away, as is the wild and incredible picturesque Glen Affric.
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