28 December, 2011

Escape to the Northern Highlands of Scotland

As we approach New Year (or Hogmanay as it's known in Scotland), I thought it was only right to feature a place to stay in the country that celebrates New Year more than any other nation. Scotland has so many beautiful places to visit; and so many great hotels, so to win Scottish Hotel of the Year 2011, The Torridon Hotel has to be pretty special. It is located in the Northern Highlands; and is perfect for both a romantic getaway, or a fun filled family weekend.

Photo courtesy of www.thetorridon.com
If you like the great outdoors, the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands should not be missed. Whether the weather is good or bad; there is something about the rolling mountains that looks good in both blue skies; or the more typical moody, unpredictable Scottish weather.

Photo courtesy of www.thetorridon.com
Torridon itself is a tiny village beside a loch and mountains. Tucked behind forest is the Torridon Hotel which dates back to 1887 when it was build as a shooting lodge for an English nobleman. It has 19 bedrooms with stunning views; king-size beds, and cast-iron free standing baths.

Photo courtesy of www.thetorridon.com
There are several attractions close to the hotel including Eilean Donan Castle, and Beinn Eighe Nature reserve; and if you want to go further afield and explore the Highlands; it's about a 90 minute drive to the Isle of Skye, and two hours from Loch Ness.

Photo courtesy of www.thetorridon.com
For those who can't afford the luxury of the hotel, the Torridon Inn is in the hotel's grounds, so you can still enjoy the scenery. 2012 will mark 20 years of The Torridon, but having read about the hotel do you really need an excuse to visit? If you do, then the photo below may inspire you to visit for "a wee dram"!

Photo courtesy of www.thetorridon.com

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