During February's midterm break we decided to head up to one of our favourite places - the North West of Scotland. Being a bit too chilly for the van, we booked Split Rock Croft which has been on my visit list for ages. This croft, situated right next to Clachtoll beach has everything we want in a holiday. Views, a wood burning stove, wildlife and fantastic hosts. Helen and Graham went out of their way to make us feel welcome, offering the kids the chance to help them tend to their animals which included chickens, sheep, dogs, pigs and the perennial tourist favourite: highland cows.
Over the course of a couple of days, we experienced all four seasons. l could have happily spent my days just at this window watching the ever changing scene in front of me.
We meandered along the coastline, past the highland cows down to Clachtoll beach and the salmon bothy behind it. A storm came in thick and fast putting paid to our plans to visit the broch so we retreated for hot chocolate and waited it out.
Our kids loved the friendly dogs who kept us entertained with their antics. There isn't much that can top a holiday like this for the kids. Wrapped up warm, they were in their element running along the beach, visiting the animals, hiking up snowy mountains and recovering with hot chocolate. There was a noticeable difference in height in both the kids upon our return which l credit to all the outdoor time and sea air.
The rock after which the cottage is named.
Possibly our favourite beach in Scotland - Achmelvich. We spent a good few hours here running from the waves and digging holes.
We recovered with a hearty lunch at the Lochinver Pie Shop - my youngest enjoying her venison and cranberry pie.
We were treated to some of the finest snowy conditions we have experienced in Scotland. Perfect white powdery snow alongside blue skies. We followed the path around the Knockan Crag reserve enjoying the spectacular views along the way. A good couple of hours walking tired us all out and we retreated to Split Rock to enjoy the sweet pies we had purchased to enjoy at home.
We can't wait to return. l think a lot of people think the Highlands is not worth visiting in winter but i couldn't disagree more. In fact it's my favourite time to visit. i love nothing better than clear starry nights, wood burning stoves, cosy jumpers, winter walking and no midges. Split Rock ticked every box for us and judging by their comment book, we are far from the only ones. This is definitely one to bookmark for visits to this area.