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Take the train for a sustainable Scottish Highlands adventure

Rugged, snow-capped mountains; deep and mysterious lochs; swathes of wild heather, gorse and moss. We arrive in Scotland to nature worthy of the most heart-lifting Robert Burns poem. The early morning sun breaks through a crisp spring morning, illuminating the breathtaking rolling landscape in front of us. Enter a herd of wild deer, seemingly thrown in for good measure by a mastermind scene-setter. Read More

The Whispering Pine Lodge has everything you need for a long weekend getaway in the Scottish Highlands

My heart is in the highlands’ is how the famous Robert Burns poem goes, and after four days staying at the Whispering Pine Lodge, situated on Loch Lochy, I concur. Mountains with cascading forest, snowy peaks and endless lochs full of still, dark waters; the scenery is tranquil and breath taking. Read More

The best wellness breaks for a zen 2022

Taking some time out for self-care, and recharging your batteries is always a good idea all year round. For those who may be suffering from burnout after a hectic year, are looking to escape the cold, or just want to switch off from the screen and enjoy "me time", there are plenty of destinations in the UK, Europe and further afield to jet to. Read More

Travel: Luxury on the lochside with a self-catering upgrade

BACK in the day, long, long ago, when we went camping, we would pitch a tent, unroll our sleeping bags, fire up the primus stove, cremate some sausages and add a dollop of lukewarm beans. At night, we would sleep fitfully or soundly depending on ambient temperature and volume of alcohol consumed. The following day, rise, rinse and repeat. I only tried it the once, and it was an aeon ago. But it's safe to say I wasn't much of a fan. Read More

The Whispering Pine Lodge, The Great Glen

Fancy curling up in front of the fire in a cosy Scottish hunting lodge? In the heart of Scotland’s spectacular Great Glen near Fort William is The Whispering Pine Lodge, a gorgeous highland retreat serving up some seriously good Indian food. Let’s check-in. Read More

The Whispering Pine Lodge – A Highland Escape

While Loch Ness gets all the attention, savvy Scots know that the real loch star in the wildly scenic Great Glen is Loch Lochy. And handily there is now a top-notch place to stay in the form of The Whispering Pine Lodge. It reclines on the water’s edge that boasts a superb restaurant (with views, of course), a cosy whisky-laden bar and a health spa too. Just don’t tell Nessie – she might consider switching lochs! Read More

STAY - Whispering Pine, Scottish Highlands

Packing my case and loading it into my car had never felt so good. My holiday to Germany in February and Barbados in March felt like it was years ago and just a distant memory. Read More

Winter in the Scottish Highlands, But Don’t be Hasty

Whether you love or loathe winter, these are the days when all of the above shape routines and influence Scotland travel planning. The Scottish Highlands in winter seem oddly off-limits to many of us, with an all-too-hasty sense of dismissive trepidation taking over. Aside from the obvious need to tinker with practicalities and expectations, I’m not entirely sure why that is. Presumably we’re smart enough to realise that we’re very unlikely to get caught in a blizzard or taken out by an avalanche. And yet are we really prepared to let this magnificent location go unappreciated for almost half the calendar year? So let’s address the issue of winter travel and assess the options and realities of off-season trips up north. Read More

Winter Wellness Tips

Winter is the season of the year that knocks the most out of us. It’s cold and dark, there’s more bugs and viruses going around, and it can be a lot more difficult for some to venture outside due to the weather. There’s more lonliness because of this, and chronic illnesses can flair up due to the temperature. It’s so important to look after yourself during the winter by pampering yourself and finding ways to enjoy the season. Read More

The Whispering Pine Lodge, The Great Glen

Fancy curling up in front of the fire in a cosy Scottish hunting lodge? In the heart of Scotland’s spectacular Great Glen near Fort William is The Whispering Pine Lodge, a gorgeous highland retreat serving up some seriously good Indian food. Let’s check-in. Read More

Black Sheep Hotels Opens Third Highlands Hotel

Hotel group Black Sheep Hotels has opened the Whispering Pine Lodge, the group’s third Scottish Highlands hotel. Read More

Highland hotel that hosted Hollywood stars reopens after major makeover

A Highland hotel which played host to stars including Hollywood royalty Burt Lancaster has re-opened its doors following an extensive refurbishment. Read More

Black Sheep Hotel Group completes hat-trick of Highland openings

Indian tycoon opens his third Highland hotel snapped up after holiday let-down

The third country hotel bought and refurbished by Black Sheep Hotels has opened for visitors in the Highlands. Read More

Hat-trick of Highland openings for hotel group with nod to Hollywood

A NEW country hotel has opened its doors in the Scottish Highlands, the third for hotel group Black Sheep Hotels. The former Letterfinlay Lodge at Spean Bridge, which played host to stars including Hollywood actor Burt Lancaster and jazz musician Stéphane Grappelli has undergone extensive refurbishment and has re-opened its doors as the Whispering Pine Lodge. Read More

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