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The Great British Staycation

Well 2020 has been the year that brought us lock-down, zoom parties and clapping for the NHS and for some of us lucky Brits; ‘the Great British Staycation’.  No, not a new BBC programme filled with tongue in cheek one liners involving burnt buns and soggy bottoms, but a small wave of fortunate people able to enjoy little breaks right here in stunning countryside and wilderness of the UK.  

It’s not surprising that Scotland has, for a long time, been named one of the top ten destinations to visit in the world and claimed the title ‘Best in Travel’ by Lonely Planet in 2019. Whilst far flung getaways have been postponed for most of us adventurers, some savvy travellers have taken this time to explore the scenery, food and culture closer to home.  

The time couldn’t be better for a last minute trip to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, with its breathtaking scenery and ‘instagram-able’ views; The Cairngorm National Park is the top of the list of ultimate UK staycation destinations. And with good reason! With reduced occupancy this year, explorers are getting to experience all that the wilderness of Scotland has to offer with lower than usual visitor numbers.  And you haven’t missed out yet.  Firhall is open longer for some Autumn and Winter escapes this year.  

You can still take advantage of the peace and quiet of the Cairngorms National Park and experience our award winning bed and breakfast at the same time!  Spend warm nights in front of the fire in our guest lounge, looking through your pictures from the day and planning your adventures for tomorrow.  Sample delicious evening meals and breakfasts using the finest local produce this area has to offer, right in your home from home here in the Highlands.  

Treat yourself to a walk to an emerald green loch and be mesmerised by the etherial hue of Lochan Uaine, or the crystal clear waters of Loch Morlich, both in the nearby Glenmore Forest Park in Aviemore.  A wonderful way to step out of the world of pandemics and masks for a few days. 

Get in touch with nature whilst spotting red squirrels jumping from tree to tree and even reindeer chomping on lichen, which grows in abundance on the rocks and trees here with the crisp, clean Highland air.  If you want to be sure to see them you can even book to take the reindeer walk with the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd. A truly magical experience (and part of the reason we moved here) this is one of our top adventures for a very good reason, it is absolutely incredible.  

All this is just a car, train or plane ride away.  So plan your UK staycation today and who knows what enchanting adventures await you.

James & Stuart

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