On our next couple of days we did a bit of travelling. First we headed out to Ullapool and ate in the lovely The Seaforth in Ullapool. I had the Scottish crab claws, which were cooked in a ginger and chilli broth. They were delicious and so sweet. It was a bit cloudy this day so I didn’t get too many snaps.
On our way to Ullapool, we past so many deer. I eventually managed to capture this picture of a stag, who appeared to have been in a fight as he only had one antler. At this time of the year they often venture to lower ground in order to find patches of land that aren’t covered in snow.
We ended up in Inverness for dinner and ate at the Chez Roux which is part of the Rocpool Reserve restaurant. You can find my review here.
On the way South we stopped off at Carrbridge, which is just north of Aviemore. This was the location of our first ever trip away almost seven years ago!
The next day was another beautiful sunny, cold day. We decided to head to Loch An Eilein, an incredible loch tucked away in the Cairngorms National Park. I can’t believe we hadn’t been here before. The loch is about 5km South of Aviemore in the Rothiemurchus Estate. You have to pay to park, £3 per person which is worth it to help preserve this beautiful location. This gets you a map of the area which sets out some walks or cycle trails. As it was freezing, we just wandered around a little bit of the loch. It is so picturesque and is probably the most beautiful place I have ever visited in Scotland.
For lunch, as we had another three course meal that night, we wanted to get something light and so we stopped at the Ralia cafe. This is a great little stopping point for a quick bite. It’s situated on the A9, just south of Newtonmore, and does lovely fresh sandwiches and soup. It’s also very reasonably priced.
That night we stayed at the Kenmore Hotel (not worth a review, in summary dated rooms and overpriced food in a terrible lit dining room, think changing coloured lights!) and my next post will showcase some highlights of Kenmore and the surrounding area.