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Out on the bike one never seems to feel too cold but once into the warmth of the hotel its about a hour later or so that one starts feeling the cold. How this works I do not know but after a while I seem to sit there for hours shivering trying to get the heat back into my body.
Tonight the weather forecasters warn of more snow on its way so lets just hope i manage across the passes tomorrow for my journey ...
... places and its here where my little 9hp machine starts feeling at home. There is simply no rush and I plod along stopping at scenic locations or watching wildlife etc. Looking ahead the hills are sprinkled with white snow but still not as much as I would love to have seen.
This little road over Glen Quaich certainly consists of a number of extremely steep hills and this little bike was struggling to get up these banks.
Finally over the top of the ...
... much taste, I might have enjoyed them a few years ago, but I've been spoilt with the profusion of new craft ales in the last few years. Bought another beer in the mini market, Stonecutter Scotch Ale, 7%, from Renaissance Brewery in Marlborough. To be honest, it had body but note much else, heavy on the malt, light on the hops, maybe it's just my taste buds today? Shattered by 9pm, tried to update this with a coffee in Coffee Club but kept ...
Only 48 more sleeps! Getting excited, and planning well advanced, but still much to do. Creating and working through itineraries, checklists, vaccinations and visas. Need just about everything in the chemist's fridge and more! Feels like we are funding the Pharmaceutical industry's R&D budget for 2014. Shirl got her Jap B enceph vax today & now in bed with her first ever headache! Oh, and 'Lady Flu'.....
Just ordered a Nexus 7 tablet (reconditioned..well I am ...
... squeeze Cawdor Castle in, but from all the castle climbing, I am done in! After Starla's trepidatious start yesterday, she conquered her anxiety and the Scottish roads with their bloody "roundabouts" in place of stop signs! Well done, Hen! Dinner? Taxi to Johnny Foxe's Pub. Delish! Up early tomorrow, train to Kyle of Lochalsh, then another car rental to tour the Isle of Skye. Only 3 days left in-country. I am SO going to miss the Scottish sense of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Craigendarroch Ballater
Staff - All seemed helpful and friendly enough, no complaints.
The Craigendarroch should be one of Scotland and Britain's premier hotels. Its location is superb, right in the heart of Royal Deeside with spectacular scenery, the smart and picturesque village of Ballater only minutes away and the Highlands on the doorstep.
When my lover and I arrived at the Hilton Hotel we were very pleased with what we witnessed.
Great Lodges and Staff
The lodges were great you could hear all the birds singing and it was just wonderful to wake up to. When we arrived there we meet some staff who cleaned our lodge and they were so friendly and the lodge was beautiful. But on the balcony there was bird poo all over it and it was quite disgusting and you could'nt sit on the chairs because it was covered in bird poo. I advise the cleaners to clean the balcony at the same time as you clean the lodges but appart from that i loved my stay i would def go back!!!!
The lodges were poorly cleaned, the bins were not emptied on arrival, and there was a disturbing mould in the shower. I would not recommend this accomadation to anyone, and if anyone did choose to stay here, beware!
This Hilton Property is definitely not up to snuff. Tiny rooms (closet door could not open fully, because it hit the beds), narrow single beds, slow maintenance, only 4 channels on TV (nothing much else to do at night), appliances that did not work properly-- with nonexistent instructions, spotty service, etc. Unbelievably, no newspapers of any sort are sold on site. Furniture was newer and in good repair, not shabby. I am young, but the very steep stairs in 2 bedroom units would be a big negative for older and/or handicapped patrons. You will be charged for anything "extra", to include toilet paper and towels. We have traveled extensively in Europe staying at a whole range of properties, so are well aware of the differences in standards. HOWEVER, this is billed as a five-star AND carries the Hilton name...it doesn't measure up to other 5-star properties in the UK, and certainly not to Hilton standards. (I suspect that the rave reviews for this property are coming from individuals who own timeshares there, because it in no way way rates an "excellent") Were this billed as a a 3-star it would be fine.
We stayed at the Hilton Craigendarroch at the end of January 04. It was a weekend break. Before booking we had heard many good things about the standards in the Hotel. We had been told that we would be pampered in luxurious surroundings. So, that's what we expected to receive. When we were allocated our room all seemed well, that is until we got into it. We found that the furniture was tatty and worn and generally, in need of redecoration. There was a welcome drink in a decanter, which someone had decided to water down and tasted awful! As we went about the Hotel, we realised that it was not just our room, as other people said the same. The food in the Club Restaurant was at best, poor. Asking for vegetables was seen as strange, despite a steak being brought with a few potatoes and litte else.The one highlight of our stay was a truly superb dinner in "The Oaks" restaurant. The food and service was among the best we had ever had. If it had not been for this, the whole stay would have been appalling. Hilton group need to spend the money they are taking in on bringing the Hotel up to the standard that it was known for and definitely expected. It was a very expensive weekend considering how poor overall the Hotel was. We shall not be staying there again, or at least until it has undergone the refurbishment it badly requires!
The Best hotel in Scotland!
My absoloute favourite hotel! WInter or summer, this is a great resort!
The Spa is great, skiing near by is wonderful and the food is delicious! rent a lodge for the best time! five stars all the way!
Whatever the weather
If its breathtaking views and scenery you want look no further. Always maintained to the highest of standards, Craigendarroch is a pleasure to return to year after year. Something for all the family - kids love the Acore Club!!
We have a timeshare there and have been going for the last 16 years it is always such a treat. The whole family love it. It is what you make it - relaxing, fun, stimulating and it is always an adventure. I would recommend it to everyone if your old, young, single or have a family - you should def. go!!!!