Heading back to work after 11 days off over the festive period was a struggle to say the least, even if I was only back for 2 days and then it was the weekend. I had gotten into the 9 o’clock lie ins pattern, so trying to open my eyes after 7am proved difficult, but the act of doing so was compensated by the thought of staying 3 nights at a beautiful lodge in the stunning Glencoe with David and his family a couple of weekends ago. Glencoe is a little village in the Scottish highlands, surrounded by exquisite scenery and stunning nature. After working all day, we took the 2 and a bit hour journey to Tigh Ban Lodge, our home for the next few nights. The drive itself was pretty nerve-wracking for myself, with unlit and very narrow bendy roads, snow, rain, and not being able to see what was on either side of the road, leaving me on edge for the majority of the journey. You can only imagine how glad I was to set foot out of the car upon arrival and to immediately get unpacking.
Home to 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and lovely little patio area, as soon as we had unpacked the car and got inside the house, I was in awe at how gorgeous it was, the decor was so homely and cosy. After seeing multiple pictures of the lodge on the website, I knew it’d be gorgeous but it was even more gorgeous when you’re actually there, see for yourself with the pictures below (definitely house goals for me)
The 10 of us started off our lodge with dinner, lasagne and garlic bread and after a long car journey it was just what I needed (eating my nerves away). The first night was spent catching up over some nibbles and drinks and then off to bed waiting on the next day to come around.
Glencoe is a great place for walking especially with the views of the snow-topped mountains everywhere you look and Loch Leven just at your doorstep. Waking up and opening the curtains to views of Loch Leven and the scenery of the Highlands is enough to leave anyone speechless. Going to bed in the dark and waking up to actually see what was around me made me appreciate it even more (I mean check out that view below).
The next day we took a walk around the village, and binge-watched The Crown on Netflix in the beautiful big living room, with the heat from the wood burning fire keeping us warm from the absolutely freezing temperatures outside. This was my favourite aspect of the house, I loved the little basket full to the brim with logs that we were left with to burn, and after using them up pretty quickly David’s brother stocked up on some more from the local shop. With the cosy vibes and smell of the wood burning, I couldn’t picture myself going back to the busy city a couple of days later, this place was the dream escape from reality.
That night we headed into Fort William for dinner at The Tavern, a lovely restaurant where David’s brothers friend worked. All 10 of us turned up, were seated and were straight to ordering. I had the chicken supreme (chicken stuffed with haggis) with creamy mash and seasonal vegetables and man, it was so good. I do love any food if haggis is making a special appearance alongside it, that’s my Scottish roots coming out. To fully satisfy myself I had to have a dessert as my obsession for cheesecake is turning into something else.
On the Sunday David and I drove back into Fort William after breakfast to take a rather long walk (or climb, so it felt) to see Ben Nevis. I won’t go into detail about this as there’s already a post up (that’s totally a hint for you to check it out), but it was memorable and the start of a developing love for hill-walking. After tiring ourselves out the Sunday night was spent playing a game of Monopoly which started just after 5pm and ended well after 9pm, and showed some of our true colours. Rather than cooking we got something in from a local restaurant, and whereas some went for a traditional fish and chips or a haggis supper, I went for the burger and chips. With 8 of us eating, it’s safe to say that food place certainly got business that night. Surprisingly, after the portion sizes of the chips alone, along with the burgers or fish or haggis, we managed to move around for a game of Charades, which gave us a good laugh.
On Monday morning we had to be out by 10am, and I really didn’t want to leave the place (I don’t think you need to ask why). The few days we were there, it began to feel like our very own place, it was so homely and I felt so relaxed and content. It also allowed me to see a part of Scotland I had never seen before, which has only made me want to take a road trip around Scotland some point to tick off even more places off the map. Rather than waking up to traffic and staring into the house across the road, I was fortunate to wake up to some spectacular views so the thought of leaving that was sad. I’d definitely stay at Tigh Ban lodge again, it was worth the money and going as the big group made it all the more special. Have you ever been to a lodge or stayed somewhere quite secluded and absolutely loved it? I’d love to hear your stories.