The last week of our holiday was spent at the MacDonald Lochanhully Woodland Club situated inside the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. We chose this resort because it was the most northern place in the UK where we could find accommodation and we thought we may have another chance at glimpsing the aurora. The week was mostly dark, cloudy, rainy and snowy, so no chance of the northern lights, unfortunately.

We spent our days exploring the national park which, strangely enough, had villages and the ruins of long-abandoned castles dotted here and there in it – not at all like any of the nature reserves we have in South Africa that are dedicated preserved areas. The closest little towns to our resort are Carrbridge and Aviemore, and the nearest city is Inverness. Although we had many fun outings, we were always glad to return to our little cabin in the woods at the end of the day.

Our little log cabin in the woods.
The snug main bedroom with its traditional tartan blanket.
A large kitchen where many delicious meals were made.
We spent a few hours watching Big Bang Theory reruns when it was just too cold and wet outside.
Best of both worlds for breakfast – the wamth of inside but the views of outside.
The porch looked out over the forest, and I spend many hours just sitting here watching birds and rabbits go about their lives.
Gareth outside in our little part of the woods.
Lochanhully resort is named after the loch next to which it is situated.
The loch was frozen solid while we were there.
The cold didn’t deter the ducks, who were glad to see us every morning and every evening.


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