Last week, I was lucky to be able to go on a little break with a few of my favourite bloggers to the Scottish Highlands. We set off from Gatwick to visit the Eagle Brae luxury log cabins and enjoyed the most peaceful few days I could have imagined. I often crave a little break straight after Christmas and this year was no exception; as the Christmas excitement faded, I suddenly realised that having something to look forward to was really special.
Having only visited Edinburgh for a flying visit, it was my first time in the Scottish Highlands and it didn’t disappoint one bit. As we flew over Inverness, I could see the snow-capped mountains and with the sun shining away, I could tell it would be a magical break for us all. We drove to Eagle Brae to stay in their Loxia log cabins and to say it was luxurious does not do it justice. Their log cabins are nothing like what I had imagined, made from West Cedar logs and hand-built by master craftsmen using Norwegian techniques. Each cabin has a traditional Scottish feel with wooden furnishing carved in the Himalayas – simply beautiful.
Loxia, where we stayed is a two-storey cabin, which sleeps six people. There are two twin bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. On the upper level, there are two additional single beds by the balcony with a tartan curtain for privacy – I thought these would be really fun if we had brought James and Emma with us. Downstairs, there is an open plan living area, dining table and kitchen; this was wonderful for spending time together in the evening with a glass of wine. Upon arrival, we also saw a little hamper of Scottish food and drink, which I thought was a really thoughtful touch.
As we entered the cabin, it had a warm and cosy feel, which was so welcome as it was quite cold and icy outside. The fireplace in the living room area really made me feel as though I was on holiday and escaping from it all. We instantly felt at home and it didn’t take long at all before we were settled in. That evening, we had three curries delivered to the cabin; a service prepared by Mike and Pawana. I thought this was brilliant to have on your arrival day, as all we had to do was heat them up, making things nice and easy!
Outside the log cabin, Loxia had a pathway of decking and I was blown away by the views on our doorstep. We were lucky as the skies were so clear and we could see all the way to those snow-capped mountains we saw from the plane. By night-time, we were amazed that the stars were bright and twinkling; as a city girl, that’s something I’ve never seen before. The views from outside the cabin were breathtaking and it was the perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of tea.
We only stayed for a couple of nights but there really is so much to offer, both onsite at Eagle Brae with beauty treatments, pre-booked activities and groceries and beyond too. I left Eagle Brae feeling refreshed and like we had been there for much longer than we had – there’s something about the Scottish air that felt so different to Brighton. I was also impressed with how helpful the concierge service is, and upon talking a walk around Eagle Brae – we met a stag, who was very at home and didn’t bat an eyelid to us taking a few pictures of him.
You can find out more about Eagle Brae and how to book via the Eagle Brae website – I’ve also filmed a little video of our log cabin below to get a feel for how cosy the log cabin is! The nearest airport to Eagle Brae is Inverness and flights with Easyjet can be as little as £40 return, depending on the time of year. We also visited Loch Ness on a Jacobite cruise and Urquhart Castle, but there is much more to explore in the area too so well worth the trip.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary two-night stay and meal for the purpose of this review