Every season deserves to be celebrated. So how are you planning to welcome in spring?
Might we suggest that you do it by the side of an unspoilt loch, with golden eagles swooping overhead and red deer leaping around you?
Add a malt whisky or glass of fizz to that scene and you are ready to toast the season in style.
Enjoy all of this and more in the splendour of the Inver Lodge hotel in Sutherland with today’s Big Deal for a one or two night stay for two.
A full Scottish breakfast is included, giving you both the perfect start to a day of bracing loch-side walks and wildlife spotting.
Magical April break
Perched above the fishing village of Lochinver on the rugged coastline of Sutherland, The Inver Lodge Hotel is one of the best in the Highlands. There you can enjoy luxury accommodation in the middle of one of Europe’s last unspoiled wildernesses.
Combining elegance with untamed, dramatic countryside, you will be able to soak up plenty of natural beauty during your getaway. Red deer, golden eagles, seals, trout and salmon are just some of the wildlife that can be spotted in the area.
Available seven days a week, option one of this Big Deal is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay with a full Scottish breakfast. Option two is for two nights with breakfast each morning.
Prices are based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. There is the option to upgrade to a superior twin or double for £30 per night, or an executive twin or double for £70 per night.
The deal is valid from 1st April until the 18th May, with a £50 supplement for Saturday night stays, and a £50 per night supplement for all May dates.
High-end Highland hospitality
The Inver Lodge is nestled on top of a rocky hill and surrounded by mountains. The fishing village of Lochinver is a short walk away and on a clear day you can look across the water all the way to the Western Isles.
The restaurant is run by legendary chef Albert Roux who brings gourmet French flair to local Scottish ingredients.
Why not start your day with a loch-side walk, followed by afternoon tea in the lounge in front of the log fire?
After this, you could unwind in the sauna or treat yourself to an in-room massage from the hotel’s holistic therapist. Then you could head to the bar for a malt whisky and sample Inver Lodge’s special blend of malt, before enjoying fine dining in the Chez Roux restaurant.
Other facilities include a shop, snooker table and even a drying room if you get caught by the weather.
Loch view bedrooms
Each of the hotel’s 21 ensuite guest rooms has spectacular views over the loch, meaning that the minute you arrive you’ll be able to soak in the atmosphere. All are decorated in traditional Highland style and named after a loch, such as Canisp, Suilven and Assynt.
Rooms have plenty of space, allowing for king size beds, a writing desk, dressing table and easy chairs for you to relax in and enjoy the view.
Other features include a flat screen TV, minibar, WiFi, phone, radio, alarm clock, bathrobes and hairdryer, as well as a selection of teas and cafetiere coffee.
Double AA Rosette restaurant
As mentioned, it would be well worth dining at Chez Roux during your stay. The brainchild of superstar chef Albert Roux, he describes the restaurant’s cuisine as ‘Hearty country cooking using all the wonderful products from the sea, which is literally on the doorstep.’
The menu can shift with the seasons but sample mains might include the confit duck leg with heritage carrots & orange sauce, the pan-seared monkfish tail with sautéed spinach & Shetland mussels, and the 32-day prime aged Scotch ribeye steak with dauphinoise potato & bearnaise sauce.
Inver Lodge is in the Dee Valley and is overlooked by the wildlife-filled Canisp and Suilven mountains, making it ideal for outdoor lovers.
You could spend the day hiking, boating, seal spotting, climbing, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, angling or birdwatching before relaxing back at the hotel.
If you are feeling energetic, you could even hike the ten miles to Loch Assynt to try to spot the legendary mermaid who’s said to lurk beneath the waters.
It is also worth strolling along the clear white sandy beaches at Achmelvich, Clachtoll and Clashnessie.
The Inver Lodge Hotel has inspired plenty of praise on TripAdvisor, where it has an excellent overall score of 4.5/5, based on nearly 500 reviews. Here is some recent guest feedback, edited for shortness:
‘Situated on the hill just behind the fishing village of Lochinver, this hotel specialises in the exclusive experience. From its position it has excellent views of Suilven and the peaks of Inverpollaidh as well as views over the Loch Inver bay…the service is second to none with staff priding themselves on high-end service, and are knowledgeable about the local area. Rooms are spacious, clean and well fitted with a great view…the hotel has quiet rooms for reading and usually a wood-fire in the evening. Its Chez Roux restaurant gives a unique dining experience and is one of the finest restaurants in the North-west. If you are looking for a luxury hotel in North-west Scotland, I would recommend the Inver Lodge Hotel.’
Welcome spring in style
Who needs summer when you have gorgeous April or May scenery, loch views and amazing wildlife to enjoy before then?
Embrace the spring time with today’s Big Deal on a one or two night stay at Inver Lodge hotel.
With a full Scottish breakfast included, this is the perfect Highland getaway.