This is day three off our Scottish holiday and it was largely spent moving from one of the lodges into the main house at Achnagairn, saying hello to some of my nephew’s relatives as they arrived, meeting some of his future bride’s relatives and waiting around in nearby Beauly for a doctor’s appointment (long story!). When I was first told of the location of Achnagairn – near Beauly – I said ‘The main thing I remember about Beauly from my trips through it are the wonderful lichens on the trees. Nothing has changed. The grounds of the mansion had some fantastic examples.
Because of a mix-up over my tablets one type of tablet did not make it to Achnagairn with us. As a result we had to visit a doctor in Beauly because it was a controlled medicine and the pharmacist couldn’t just dispense it on my doctor’s say-so! The advantage of this was a visit to one of the top 50 delicatessens in the country (according to the Independent newspaper). Not only did we acquire some cheese for midnight snacks but we also had coffee and a cake there.
Here are a few shots of Achnagairn House, the main body of which dates from 1812. We will start with the view from our bedroom window.
I wish that woman ironing her wedding dress would get out of the way. Thank you!
I’m not sure whether GB is showing Partner-who-loves-tea his country estate or vice versa but they both seem quite at home.
Let's take a quick tour.
This is the ballroom.
It was built later than the rest of the house and dates from 1912. The ballroom was a 21st birthday present from the then owner to his daughter. I have always wanted a window seat and the series of window seats along the balcony of the ballroom are fantastic. I could stretch out there with a book and an occasional glance out of the window and be happy for hours on end.
Well, Louisa and Alister are preparing the evening meal so I’ll sign off now. Tomorrow was Gaz’s wedding day. (Can you say ‘tomorrow was’???) Fortunately the sun shone on all concerned but you will have to wait to see that….