Our Trip to Eagle Brae

Back in the Summer myself and nine other bloggers went on a retreat to Riverside Cottage. We had such a fantastic time that we decided to do something similar six months later. Which is why we flew to Inverness last week. When someone suggested visiting Inverness in January I did wonder if we were slightly mad! I had visions of 6ft of snow. Thankfully that wasn’t the case when we visited last week. I am so glad we did as its not the sort of break I would normally look to go on. Yet its opened my eyes up to a whole new holidaying experience. One which I hope to introduce Hubby and the children to.

Eagle Brae is approximately a forty minute drive from Inverness airport. For someone who is use to driving on the M25 pretty much everyday the lack of traffic on the roads was noticeable. Yet its a reasonably direct route on A roads. On each side you are flanked by the stunning scenery and mountain ranges of the highlands. Having never visited before I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. But I wasn’t expecting the beauty, even the air in some way felt cleaner. Arriving early evening we missed the turning first time. Its quite difficult to spot as there is no light on the sign. As you turn into the entrance you are presented with quite a steep, windy hill. The owners are use to the potential problems the weather causes and will ferry people around if needed. If we were to visit again I think I would look to try and hire a 4×4.  When we arrived there was lots of deer grazing on the side of the road and around the cabins. It really added to the magic.

The cabins all have individual names and sleep either two or six. Eagle Brae are currently building some 4 berth cabins. Not that you would know as its being so sympathetically done we didn’t notice it at all. Our cabins were Loxia and Aquila both sleep six, they were a short five minute walk away from each other.

Each cabin has the same layout. You walk into a generous entrance hallway with lots of space for boots and coats. This leads into the living area. Immediately you are taken back by the beautiful wood carvings that adorn the mezzanine. Downstairs is open plan with room for two large leather sofas in the lounge area, snuggled around a log burner. A perfectly proportioned kitchen with all mod cons and as many glasses as you could need. Theres even a dishwasher! The separate dinning area will seat six. On the wall is the sate of the art pioneer stero system. The cabins also has a number of board games and books.

Also downstairs is a large family bathroom with rain shower and a twin bedroom. Upstairs on the mezzanine area is a little office area and two single beds built into the cabin wall. They have their own little curtains for privacy and I can imagine Monkey loving sleeping in one. There is also another twin room with its own on-suite bathroom.

I have made a video of our stay which you can watch below:

So what did I think of our stay at Eagle Brae?

The Pros:

  • The ground floor is heated throughout
  • Its the little touches such as the monogrammed towels, plenty of toiletries and everything you need for a self catering holiday including washing up liquid, dishwasher tablet and rubbish bags
  • High quality fixtures and fittings which you would choose for your one home
  • The little gift basket was a nice touch
  • Its homely without being personal. Traditional Scottish and hunting niknacks adorn the shelves and walls. Yet it doesn’t feel cluttered
  • Impeccably clean, all the linen was crisp and white he towels soft and snuggly.
  • One of the books on the coffee table was a photo book showing how the cabins are built. Its fascinating to see just how much work goes into them
  • On the first night we ate in with Eagle Brae providing some prepared meals. Ideal to make self catering easier on your first night they offer ten different options to choose from. The best but is that they only need to be heated up on the oven
  • In reception there are plenty of details of things to do in the local area, including walking & hiking routes, suggestions on sight seeing and golf courses. There is also free hot drinks and snacks to fuel you while you make your plans. While we visited we visited Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.

It was really quite dark by the time we arrived on the Monday evening. Which meant we didn’t get to see the stunning views until we woke on Tuesday. It really is so beautiful I wish we had, had more time to sit outside and take it all in. On the last day we took a walk down to reception and met a very special guest. One of the young stags decided to say hello. It was a beautiful end to our stay.

The cons:

Well to be honest there aren’t any which I experienced, we had such a wonderful time. Its not the sort of holiday that I would normally consider. Yet I can imagine the boys running wild and enjoying the freedom it would give us.

While we were visiting Inverness we were also invited to be guests of Kingsmill Hotel for an evening meal. We were treated to Bill playing the bagpipes and piping in the haggis as well as a five courses. Set in a private dining room, the food was first class, the atmosphere relaxing and the people we came across very friendly and welcoming. Needless to say we all felt very full afterwards.

Our menu consisted of Cullen Stink, Haggis Tower, Feather Blade of Scottish Beef, Spiced Apple & Raisin Crumble. Followed by tea an coffee with Highland Tablet.

We had a fantastic time away. Our trip has definitely made me view holidays in Scotland in a different light. I cant wait to explore more with the boys and Hubby.

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80 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    January 21, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Looks like a great place to take the family! Thanks for the review!

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    January 21, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Amazing place so much to see and do with the family

  3. January 21, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    I totally agree with you here, I couldn’t think of a single con either! Eagle Brae is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my whole life! I wish we could go back!

  4. January 21, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    These cabins lok utterly incredible. Just the sort of place we would love to stay as a family. We’ll definitely be investigating for our next holiday.

  5. January 21, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Oh my gosh ! I am not surprised there arent any negatives – everything from the look of the beautiful cabin to the mesmerising views i just adore

  6. January 21, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    This looks great. Such a quaint place. I’d love to have a cabin stay this year. Love your pics too x

  7. Ashleigh Allan
    January 21, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Looks lovely great photos

  8. January 21, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    It looks like the most spectacular setting for a cabin, and I love the cosy feel of all the decor. I can just imagine cuddling up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire! I’ve been wanting to visit Scotland for so long (I’ve only ever been to Edinburgh), and it’s top of my list for next year after reading this.

  9. paula cheadle
    January 22, 2018 / 1:08 am

    I have never been to Scotland, but it looks like a nice place for a holiday

  10. January 22, 2018 / 6:13 am

    Oh this looks gorgeous – I tend to go for beach holidays but I think I may take a look at these as my girls would love it!

  11. January 22, 2018 / 6:38 am

    Wasn’t it amazing my? It’s honestly the most beautiful and peaceful place I’ve been too. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and I’d love to go back x

  12. January 22, 2018 / 9:24 am

    It just looks so beautiful, breath-taking scenery and lovely cosy cabin.

  13. January 22, 2018 / 9:25 am

    It really looks like you had the most wondering time what an incredible place to decompress from the stresses of mum life – I could certainly do with a break here!

  14. Vicky
    January 22, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    Amazing place! I hope we’ll make it at some point and visit it. Seems lovely for a wee family trip

  15. January 22, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    This is just such an idyllic place. I really hope to visit the Highlands next year.

  16. January 22, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    Looks fab. So glad you enjoyed it. We had a week in a lodge at Loch Ness last year and it was amazing. I’d go back anytime.

  17. January 22, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    Wow how amazing does this look!! So beautiful going back to nature and so much peace and quiet too x

  18. January 22, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Those cabins look amazing, and I bet it was so nice to almost be in the middle of nowhere for a period of time x

  19. Ren Taylor
    January 22, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    We love staying in a cabin…..it always feels more of an adventure than a cottage

  20. kRIS
    January 22, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    What an amazing adventure!

  21. January 22, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Oh Clare, Eagle Brae looks amazing! I’m definitely putting it on my list of places I want to visit. 🙂

  22. January 22, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Your pictures are stunning! It looks so cosy and picturesque.

  23. katie w
    January 22, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    sounds amazing, def on my list now.

  24. A.E. ADKINS
    January 23, 2018 / 7:50 am

    fabulous wilderness for the family to enjoy

  25. john prendergast
    January 23, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    The cabin looks great nice and cosy with the fire stove

  26. Emma
    January 23, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    This looks lovely 🙂

  27. Susan B
    January 23, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    I am very envious as it looks absolutely fabulous. When I first glanced at the snap of the outside of the cabin, I was imagining Little House on the Prairie. However, the inside looks and sounds gorgeous. lovely scenery. Lovely post. Thank you.

  28. January 23, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful place to visit! I think it would be much nicer to go there in the winter rather than summer and risk all the midges, lol! 🙂

  29. Laura Hicks
    January 23, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    What a lovely holiday! I’m always looking for ideas on places to take my son Kayden! Thanks for the tips x

  30. January 24, 2018 / 6:55 am

    Oh this’s looks like a dream pace to spend a few days away just relaxing and enjoying the local wildlife, perfect for an autumn getaway #BloggerClubUK

  31. Kate Davies
    January 24, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Looks like a very beautiful place.

  32. January 24, 2018 / 11:58 am

    These cabins look so luxurious! They make me want to cuddle up on the sofa with a book and a cup of tea in a huge mug. ☺️ #BLOGGERCLUBUK

  33. January 24, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Wow what an absolutely breath-taking place to stay – the landscape looks stunning 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  34. james wright
    January 24, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    very picturesque i bet its even better in the summer

  35. Helen Stratton
    January 24, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    I absolutely love the lodge and the holiday itself looks like a fantastic experience.

  36. January 24, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Wow! Looks like a stunning place to stay. #BloggerClubUK

  37. Margaret Gallagher
    January 24, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Amazing place full of beauty – love to visit and see first hand

  38. January 24, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    wow – it looks absolutely magical there #BloggersClubUK

  39. January 25, 2018 / 1:26 am

    This looks like such an amazing retreat! #BloggerClubUK

  40. January 25, 2018 / 10:19 am

    I have not been fortunate enough to visit Scotland but it looks like you had a lovely trip! Consider me jealous 😀

    #BloggerClubUK
    Shevy

  41. January 25, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    It looks like such a beautiful place, but it does get dark very early in that part of the world. It mush have been amazing to wake up to those views

  42. Claire Noke
    January 25, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I’ve only ever been to Scotland once. To choose my wedding dress (still not married yet though!) …. I’d LOVE to go back and stay longer than one night !! x

  43. Lorna Ledger
    January 26, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    That Cabin is lovely! I will look into this, as stopping in a Log Cabin is on my bucket list

  44. jane
    January 27, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Love Scotland and not an area I have visited before

  45. Sarah Lambert
    January 27, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Looks an amazing place great review xx

  46. MANDY DOHERTY
    January 28, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    A stunning place to visit, fab review

  47. Fiona jk42
    January 28, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I’ve never been to Scotland. The scenery looks stunning.

  48. Tee Simpson
    January 28, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    Looks like a fab place to take the kids and enjoy

  49. Kristin Burdsall
    January 29, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Fabulous pictures! And that log burner…

  50. kayleigh dudley
    January 30, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    such lovely photos and videos, it looks breath taking. Thanks for sharing

  51. Andrea Fletcher
    January 31, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place to stay and the cabins look amazing

  52. Leila Benhamida
    February 1, 2018 / 9:05 am

    The log cabin looks so beautiful. I never visited the Scottish Highlands but love to discover.

  53. sharon stanley
    February 1, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    The views are stunning. I would love to stay in a log cabin surrounded by such beauty

  54. Jane Davies
    February 4, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    This looks stunning, what a lovely place for a rustic family getaway ! Glad you all enjoyed 🙂

  55. February 5, 2018 / 7:45 am

    This looks amazing, what a wonderful, idyllic break away! I’ve never been to Scotland, but I would really like to visit. That cabin looks so cosy and those views are stunning.

  56. Jeanette Leighton
    February 7, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Looks like a lovely place to visit love the cabin looks like something out of a movie ?

  57. Hannah Wallington
    February 10, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    How lovely! Looks like a great trip

  58. Kerry Taylor
    February 10, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    It looks gorgeous! I can’t wait until my little one is a bit bigger and we can go on these sort of adventures. At the moment, he’s just not ready.

  59. Carolyn
    February 14, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Looks like an amazing time was had. Such beautiful scenery and lovely clear skies. I would love to visit. Thanks for showing us.

  60. Kerry Kilmister
    February 14, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    Everything looks amazing! The views are out of this world.

  61. Stevie
    February 15, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I think it looks lovely. You don’t have to go abroad.

  62. Samantha O'D
    February 15, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    look amazing, what a gorgeous place

  63. Anthea Holloway
    February 15, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    This sounds super and a real treat for the whole family.

  64. Kim Lam
    February 17, 2018 / 7:58 am

    Looks fabulous but not for me. I suspect there would be loads of spiders!!

  65. MANDY DOHERTY
    February 17, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    My grandchildren would really enjoy running wild and I’d love to soak up all its beauty

  66. Maria Hackett
    February 18, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Looks lush! Beautiful place and stunning view!

  67. Kayleigh Watkins
    February 18, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    It looks absolutely beautiful, sounds like you had a wonderful time too, a great place to visit xxx

  68. Kim W
    February 18, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    This looks so lovely and peaceful and cosy. Just the perfect place to chill and get away from the busy world.

  69. Tracey Hallmark
    February 18, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Looks heavenly to me, so lovely to get away from the fast pace of every day life and enjoy nature at it’s finest.

  70. Tee Simpson
    February 18, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Looks great for a girls weekend

  71. Tee Simpson
    February 18, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    Looks great for a girls weekend.

  72. Yolanda Davis
    February 19, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    Looks like a great family day out.

  73. Anthea Holloway
    February 21, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    It looks a beautiful place and well off the beaten track. I think that you were very brave to go there!

  74. sheri Darby
    February 23, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing

  75. Deborah Clarke
    February 24, 2018 / 10:03 am

    Looks simply stunning. Another one for the bucket list.

  76. sandy ralph
    February 24, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    i love Scotland its such a beautiful place to visit

  77. February 25, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing time – I went to university in Aberdeen and spent a lot of my holidays visiting different parts of scotland (I highly recommend visiting some of the smaller orkney islands but go in the summer as they get super cold!)

  78. Tee Simpson
    February 25, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    I love cabins and lodges. Be nice to getaway

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