Old Edinburgh Road South
At the end of our 12th day of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a tandem, my son and I arrived here soaked and freezing. It was not winter but early June 2019. We had just cycled from Blair Atholl; over Drumochter Pass, through Aviemore and over Slochd Summit. It had rained persistently and the temperature had dropped as low as 3C.
Step forward Deirdre, our host, who ushered us into the private area of the magnificent house where a massive wood burning stove was blasting out heat. We literally steamed.
Once the worst of the chill was banished the tandem was locked away in an outbuilding and we were shown to our lovely room. It was an ensuite double, which was nicely decorated and very warm and welcoming (and by now on our trip we had become used to sharing a double).
There was a lot of room to spread out our kit and the added bonus of heaters being on enabling us to easily dry kit washed in the shower (lots of hot water) ready to wear the next day.
The property was very quiet and we slept extremely well. Breakfast was a delight with fine view over the garden and out towards Inverness, which I am sure would have been lovely if the rain soaked clouds hadn’t been down to the ground. All in all, splendid.