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... headed to Beauly for a late lunch and a walk through the town. The most notable attraction of this town is the Beauly Priory built as a monastery in the 13th century. Only the external walls of the priory are still standing but it is set in a lovely garden full of graves dating back to the 16th century. Some of the oldest graves were inside the ruins. We found a pub which looked promising for dinner before finding our accommodation for the ...
... at their publishing business taking inventory of books coming in and preparing orders for outgoing (making money) shipments. After an hour and a couple of screw ups, we were fired. Just in time, preventing Paul from declaring bankruptcy. Whoever said foresters could count? After lunch we headed into downtown Aviemore for some shopping (Marks idea) and to pick up some Scottish pounds. They don't use Euros and when we go to England ...
... br> As we continued back toward Edinburgh, we made a welcome detour to the Dalwhinnie Distillery. At 1164 feet above sea level, it's Scotland's highest distillery! And Eric would tell you, Scotland's best ;) It is certainly one of the most picturesque. Dalwhinnie was one of the earliest whiskeys to be legalized, and worth bringing a bottle home!
Finally, as all tours do, we stopped in Pitlochry for a quick break before the last ...
... s bond impersonation why Julie pops her head out from behind him. Ha ha ( see picture ) We then drive to Eilean Donan Castle.. Oh my. Beautiful, just beautiful! We took lots and lots pictures till we got what we thought was the perfect picture. We where lucky enough to have the sun pop out every once in a while. We then went to see a self guided tour of the castle and learn about its history . We ...
... on nice days like this they are all at the beach". Finally arrived at our destination, only took 12 hours! Would have been quicker to fly home! The hotel is located in a very, very small village. Think we can probably count the number of buildings in this village on two hands. But it is quaint and the weather has improved...what more can we ask for! Liz is on the trail of the black pudding... Al wants Spotted Dick. Good start for Al with syrup pudding and custard on the first ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairwinds Hotel Carrbridge
Fairwinds was a fantastic find. The setting was beautiful with lots of wildlife around which was great when you were eating in the conservatory. The owners, Alison and Lindsay were extremely friendly and welcoming, making you feel at home. The rooms are beatiful and extremely spacious. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway set in spectacular grounds this is the place to go. We will deffinately be back. The food was all freshly cooked by Lindsay and was always delicious, what a great cook. Alison always kept you entertained with her bubbly personality. They were both extremely helpful and made you to feel relaxed and at home in anyway they could. There were lots of little personal touches such as freshly cooked muffins at breakfast, home made sweets after dinner, fresh flowers in the room. You just couldn't ask for anything more.
We first stayed at Fairwinds a few years ago on the recommendation of a friend when we rediscovered Scotland after a long break. Since then we have been back several times, and will stay there again as soon as we can get away. There are just 5 rooms (plus the self-catering chalets), which lends the hotel a very informal and relaxed atmosphere. Alison and Lindsay are perfect hosts, combining friendly 'professionalism'and efficiency with a lovely sense of humour. Meals, be it Breakfast or Dinner, are always things to look forward to and we have never had a disappointing meal; indeed we have had some of the best meals anywhere in the world at Fairwinds! You eat in the conservatory, and once you have got over the excitement of the electric pepper mill, there are always the red squirrels or the (occasional) deer in the grounds to amuse you. Visit soon!
After reading the reviews of "Fairwinds" and checking it was near where we wanted to stay, we booked. On arrival we were welcomed and shown to our room by co-owner Lindsay. Our room was large and airy, beautifully decorated the crisp linen bedding was a joy to get into, there was every extra with en-suite facilities, LCD TV, bottled water, tea and coffee, and home made shortbread. The immediate impression on arrival is the peace and quite, yet the hotel is only a short distance from the centre of what the small town of Carrbridge has to offer. We had a peaceful nights sleep, ( a first for me in a hotel) on a very comfortable king sized bed. Alison introduced herself at breakfast, meals are in a beautifully appointed conservatory attached to the house, a huge affair that encompasses a dining area and a sectioned off space for taking coffee/reading etc. it overlooks the garden with its large pines, Alison is quick to point out visiting red squirrels and other wildlife. We selected our cooked breakfast from a menu that includes the traditional fried and a veggie selection or if you fancy a treat go for the salmon and scrambled egg or kedgeree. We tucked into a fresh fruit salad and there was fruit juice and cereals.
We found this wonderful hotel on the web and are so glad we did. Small and exclusive yet close to everything you could wish for. Fabulous breakfasts in the conservatory overlooking the mountains whilst squirrels climb the lovely trees in the gardens, the birds singing. A magical place. The bedrooms ( all ensuite naturally ), very roomy - the bed, all six feet of it was very comfortable. Everything is so clean and fresh. Twenty four hours in this lovely hotel and you feel totally relaxed. This is not purely down to the ambience and peace of the place but the friendliness and helpfulness of the owners, Lindsay and Alison who are on site to assist you with anything you require. There are many little extras to make your stay feel special including home baked shortbread in your room for supper. Try a game of draughts while enjoying a drink from the bar or sit and read, chosing a book from the conservatory or just sit - the peace! The local area provides many activities from skiing, hill walking, mountaineering, the Whisky Trail, superb beaches. Can I say more. You must come and see for yourself, no matter the time of year this gem will welcome you with warmth. It was our twenty fifth wedding anniversary and truly the best place we could have found. We hope to return again and again. We arrived as strangers and left as friends.
A Real Gem
What a find!
Comfort, excellent food, warm hospitality, superb surroundings and if you are looking for a peaceful/quiet hotel, then this is for you.
Having spent a week in this lovely place enjoying all of the above, it will be difficult to find other hotels that will match Fairwinds standards.
It's the little things that count, home made biscuits, quality bathroom toiletries, and the surprise treats at breakfast; topped with an extra warm welcome from our hosts Alison & Lesley. All these things made our stay even more special.
We have no hesitation in recommending Fairwinds to friends and colleagues.
We will certainly be returning!
Two years ago my husband and I were looking for a place to stay via the internet somewhere in the Highlands. We picked a few addresses asking for vacancies for the month of June. We received an afirmative answer from Fairwinds Hotel at Carrbridge and booked to stay a week.
The hotel is a converted 19th century Manse, with a small tree-edged lochan (lake) behind which is surrounded by 6 unobtrusive chalets, none of which is visible from the hotel. Our room was bit and airy, with a HUGE bed and a roomy ensuite; the decor is classic Scottish farmhouse, but it's the details which really impress: this is a hotel where the personal touch counts for a lot. Like the two bottles of spring water on the dresser, along with the tea, coffee and hot chocolate and homebaked oatmeal biscuits.
Fab place to stay
Just come back from a weeks stay at this great location. We stayed in one of the two bed cabins in the hotel grounds, these were clean, well appointed and well equiped. The location is great, with a pond full of ducks ready to eat any of your leftovers!!. We ate in the hotel on one occasion and the food was fantastic.
Lesely and Alison are great hosts and look after thier guests well.
The hotel is well located, this small village has a Spar shop, and is only 10 minutes down the road from Aviemore.
Just down from the hotel is the Cairn Hotel, which has a lovely bar.. with a real fire and great music.
I would fully recommend Fariwinds to anybody going for a break in the Highlands
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a night in August and really liked it. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The room was lovely. Very big and nicely decorated with homemade biscuits and tea and coffee. The bathroom was also big and the toiletries were nice (Arran Aromatics). Breakfast was also very good - we could basically pick what we wanted and they cooked it for us. The grounds are pretty and you can wander round the pond. There's a couple of nice pubs in the town and a little shop. I would definitely go back here is I was in the area again.
A First Class little hotel!
What a find this place is! Peaceful location with staff who bent over backwards to please us. The rooms are lovely and the food was excellent. My only complaint is that our stay was too short. If you are going to the Scottish Highlands I would recommend you stay at the Fairwinds.