When you need to get away but you can’t quite leave the country, what’s the furthest you can get away from the daily grind? This year, the Mr, his family and I all took a quick escape to the country, heading way up North to Loch Linnhe to not only escape the day to day, the dishwashing and the incessant squark of the seagulls still nesting on my windowsill *curses*. Oh, it also happened to be the Mr’s big 3-0 that weekend too, so two birds, one stone, all that jazz with a gin and tonic on the side.
Loch Linnhe is one gorgeous place, all rolling hills, green, green, green all around, and silent. So friggin quiet, the only noise getting made was us lot trying to start BBQ’s and keep the dogs out of the water! We stayed in Oransay Cottage, an adorable little place, one of 4 Springwell Holidays cottages situated up off the main road on a hill, overlooking everything Loch Linnhe has to offer. Oransay was one of the dog-friendly cottages, that sleeps up to 8, with two double rooms, one with en-suite, two twin rooms, bathroom and separate WC. The kitchen and living space where super roomy and super comfortable. We had enough parking for 3 cars, and there was a cute little swing set just to the side of the cottage, what? These things are important and very Instagrammable!
The bedrooms are huge, comfortable and ours at the front had an amazing view of the Loch that was breathtaking to wake-up to every morning. I swear, I don’t usually sleep in new places but it was so quiet and dark that I was zonked as soon as my head hit the pillow - then again all the fresh air and walking could have had something to do with that too.
Oransay Cottage was a perfect base for a long weekend of exploring the highlands. 20 minutes outside of Fort William, 40 minutes from the Ben Nevis Range, and just under 3 hours to Edinburgh, it was an ideal starting point whatever you fancied doing. And if you fancied doing a little of nothing? It was the perfect place to chill too.
Just across the road was a secluded little spot that we made much use of. Down a set of steps, into the trees, there was a great little clearing with a BBQ and picnic table, with two more paths to follow; one leading down to the shingle beach, the other to a very romantic, picturesque ledge that I must have drunk several glasses of Prosecco on and did the whole life pondering-ness you do when you’ve got a pretty view and are a little tipsy.
I couldn’t fault anything about our stay and am already looking for an excuse to go back. The cottage was spotless, well looked after, and just perfect, exactly what we all needed. Oh, and the wi-fi wasn’t too bad either, just incase you need to stay connected, or play Pokemon Go.
What does your perfect escape look like?