Scotland 2018 basecamp is inshriach house, AN EDWARDIAN STYLE SHOOTING LODGE BUILT 1906 ON GROUNDS OF 200 ACRES OF NATURAL WOODLAND AND PASTURE.
Inshriach is a family home but retains much of its Edwardian atmosphere with dark panelling, open fires, period furniture and a big farmhouse kitchen. You may find yourself sleeping in Mrs. Black’s room, Mr. George’s room, the French maid’s room or in the old servants quarters.
Down on the farm the old chicken sheds now house the Inshriach Distillery, Saloon bar and inconvenience store. Made famous back in 2015 when it won Channel 4’s Shed of the Year competition it is now the house of our poorly promoted but extremely well received gin.
There are some great walks straight out from Inshriach, Loch an Eilean and Glen Feshie are an easy hike from the house and for the more determined, the Argyll stone gives spectacular views down Glen Einich and into the Cairngorms.
This is also one of the wildlife hotspots of the UK. Ospreys can be seen down on the river, red squirrels and woodpeckers come to the kitchen window. Capercailie live in the woods above Inshriach and if you don’t see roe or red deer down in the fields you aren’t looking hard enough.
Canopy and Stars
There are also run four quirky off the grid holiday options out in the woods. Spread out over 20 acres alongside the river Spey, each of them has been designed to take two people right back to nature.
Half a mile into the woods, is a 16ft yurt made with the help of Red Kite Yurts. It has a Victorian double bed and a woodburner and sits in splendid isolation, looking out across the Spey to the Monadliath mountains.
The Beer Moth
A 1954 Commer fire Service lorry converted into luxurious camping for two. It is equipped with a victorian double bed, a woodburner and a parquet floor. It is cosy and comfortable until you open up the sides and it becomes an alfresco home on wheels.
The Bothy Project
The third is the Bothy Project. Partly funded by the Royal Scottish Academy, this diminutive (yet deceptively spacious) modernist interpretation of a bothy spends half its year as an artists residency and the other half on holiday adventures. It is hidden away in isolated and beautiful woodland a mile away from civilisation so big wheelie suitcases are not recommended. The bothy has its own compost loo and bush shower so if we catch you back at the bathroom in the farmyard you are cheating.
The Shepherd's Hut
Thanks to Tim Westman (this link takes you to his amazing log cabin in Wales) who spent the summer of 2013 building it, this Swedish inspired shepherd’s hut has taken up residence in amongst the Juniper towards the March pool. Simple, comfortable, charming and achingly romantic, it’s probably not a lot like being a real shepherd.
SAUNA and HOT TUB
Then there is the wood fired sauna and the hot tub. Recycled from a horsebox and an army trailer respectively. A mile from the house, down by the river.