Also in the recent June issue of Ideal Home was this stunning contemporary home, called The Net Store
Located on the far north west coast of Scotland.
Some of the road trips we have undertaken in the creation of the Great Scottish Indoors have been truly remarkable. My love of this scenery is what inspired me to rename this blog the Great Scottish Indoors actually. We regularly fill the car with food, flowers, throws and cushions and set off. I am very lucky, Doug is a nervous passenger so I just put my feet up and he drives. We are quickly past Edinburgh, over the Forth Road bridge and through to this wondrous landscape.
The house is on the route of the North Coast 500, the must-do road trip around Scotland. Mind blowing, mountainous horizons, castles and beaches. And YES do stop off for fish and chips at Applecross. The route starts and finish at Inverness – you will not be bored for a second, there is so much to see en route.
We arrived at our destination and did some scenic photos and some portraits of the beautiful owner, Iona. Here she is, just before she gave birth to her daughter, Annie. We went to our B&B and settled down with our picnic supper, which was rather short because the midges were out that evening. We still had a wonderful time though, a full on shoot the next day and finished in time for a hair raising drive along the Bealach Na Ba (The cattle route). Several of our friends have cycled around this single track road, with eye watering sheer drops at every turn. Crumbs, my view of our friends has completely altered – we could hardly drive around it, let alone cycle… and that was with Doug driving.
My mood was not elevated by a few texts from our neighbours about spotting teenagers ‘entering our house with bags of alcohol’. We had left our 16 year old daughter home alone with our 19 year old son ‘looking after her.’ I did not really feel I could share this news with Doug while he navigated round the very, very tight bends I am trying to describe – I just wanted him to keep his eyes on the road, plus the signal isn’t very good up there, so I could not get to the bottom of this situation at all. I just had to fake suitable ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at the the amazing scenery and hope for the best.
Rooms with views…
The Net Store can be rented and the same team who created it have recently completed another property, which is also available to let, called Tigh Beag
Owners, Iona and her husband, Gordon run a sea tours business, Torridon RIB Charter They offer wildlife tours from Shieldaig, where the main attraction is the resident pair of sea eagles on Shieldaig Island, together with herons, seals, oystercatchers and other bird life. They also offer a return charter taxi to the award winning Gille Brighde restaurant, in Diabaig. Too gorgeous… honestly…
Would I like to live up there? No I don’t think I would. My home in Gullane is perfect for me, I can walk across the sand dunes to the beautiful beach any time I want, often in complete solitude, yet Edinburgh is less than an hour away. I love to travel up north for a complete switch off and come back relaxed and refreshed, but I am not one for moving.