Another famed breakfast from a Marriott property via Dalmahoy Castle started our morning just outside Edinburgh. With an early started we headed north once again traveling up the M9 (should have been the M90 for a more direct route – slight detour) onto the M9, then the A9 towards Inverness. It was a calm and beautiful drive as we wound our way through the Cairngorms National Park. Snow topped mountains, rolling green hills littered with sheep and rocks and blue sky with scattered clouds and drops of rain stretched as far as the eye could see. A rainbow was encountered at least every 15 minutes, bringing back memories of traveling through the Irish countryside. The drive was beautiful but finding our AirBnB rental for the night proved somewhat challenging. With a few sets of printed directions, our not so trusty GPS and directions from locals, we soon learned that there were actually 3 Tomichs in the Inverness countryside, one of which was the home of our property for a few days, none of which were the ones we initially drove through. We eventually found our home for the evening, a quaint 300 year old stone house, resting on a Glenn Affric mountainside, beside a swirling river with a view of snow topped mountains….Scottish paradise. The property was perfect, a bedroom for everyone, cute little living room with a fireplace, rustic kitchen and complete with a playhouse for the kids.
We quickly unpacked and headed out for some much needed RnR and hiking via Plodda Falls. We were shocked at the height and majesty of the falls. The walk down was short, only 400+ meters and was complete with a walk out bridge to the top of the falls…cool….and scary all at the same time. We snapped a few more pics, grabbed some dinner at a local establishment in town and crashed for the night. Tomorrow – we go in search of the Loch Ness Monster!