I take some last pictures in the rain before getting in the car to head on our way north up to the Highlands. Culcreuch Castle has certainly left a wonderful impression.
Today is one of the longest journeys of our trip; the car is packed and we have a selection of snacks to keep us going! We are headed up past Fort William to allow for a stop at Inverlochy Castle. Like an old friend once again we go past Loch Lomond. The scenery on the way is simply fabulous as we head into the Highlands - now this is how I imagined Scotland to be!
We head through Fort William and make a turn up the long drive to Inverlochy Castle. Despite the rain, the castle looks stunning - inside is every bit as impressive. The high, decorative ceilings are just magnificent and the castle boasts such character.
I take a tour around the castle, admiring the bedrooms and public rooms. I have the pleasure of meeting Isabel, who has worked at the property for quite some time. Before heading off I enjoy tea and biscuits, which is a real treat. I would highly recommend a stay at Inverlochy Castle, both the history of the castle and the service standards are truly wonderful.
Back in the car and on the road again, we travel a little further, the mountain scenery just getting better all the time. To stretch our legs we make a stop at the Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus, which is at the heart of the Great Glen. It’s a great place for a stroll and to visit the Visitor Centre, which showcases the history of the Caledonian Canal.
Back in the car again we are headed further north, all the way up to Inverness and on to Tulloch Castle. We hadn’t expected traffic in the Highlands, however, as Inverness is considered the capital of the Highlands, we should have anticipated that driving through at rush hour was not the best plan!
Eventually we reached Tulloch Castle and we couldn’t have wished for a warmer welcome by receptionist Mariana. We were shown to our room, which was a splendid Four Poster Bedroom on the second floor. The castle is shaped in a square, so the rooms are set in this layout. Due to the age of the castle, there are lots of little structural things that could use some improvement, but as far as the service, dining and atmosphere of the castle goes it really is lovely.
Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th century, when first the Bains and later Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. Tulloch has a lively history and is even said to have its own ghost!
After settling in to our room, we head to the Turrets dining room for dinner. The castle offers a set menu with a variety of options for starter, main and dessert. We opted for the risotto for main course, which was lovely. The restaurant was quiet whilst we were there as there was a wedding taking place. It was great to see guests wearing traditional kilts at the celebration; this added to the Scottish feel of the castle. After dinner you can relax in the reception area with the open fires or retire to your room. I spent the latter part of the evening trying to locate Jasmine’s green dummy, which she had dropped somewhere along the way… perhaps we did meet the ghost after all as it never did re-appear!
After a good nights sleep we headed down for breakfast: a selection of cereals, juices and pastry and an extensive breakfast menu to choose from. The staff had even set a highchair for Jasmine, which we thought was a lovely touch. It is always nice when staff go the extra mile for their younger guests!
Breakfast was a great start to the day. Jasmine certainly made the most of it and devoured all of hers. I took a tour of the castle and viewed some of the other rooms, and saw the castle set up beautifully for a wedding taking place that day. It is certainly a popular place to get married. I get to meet Arleen the manager and Laura who I often speak to on the phone. It is always nice to meet the team to put faces to names.
All too soon it was time to leave (but as it is day six we are getting used to this now!). We say our goodbyes, put our bags in the car and off we go again. We have had a lovely stay at Tulloch and I’d certainly like to return!