I fear that Foyers Bay House may have permanently spoiled us for B&B stays. Few places and hosts could measure up to such delightful accommodations.
My adult son and I are desert rats from the dry US Southwest, so the lush greens of the Scottish Highlands, along with mists, fogs, drizzles -- and even soaking downpours -- were more of a treat than an inconvenience. We had trepidations about traveling in mid-October, and indeed some of the weather before and after our stay would have been a real spoiler. But the dates we were in Scotland, and especially three days and two nights overlooking Loch Ness, were enchanting.
Never have I seen such vistas of autumn leaves, forests carpeted by browned-off ferns, plump sheep grazing on emerald meadows, a roaring waterfall, and in the distance a placcid lake that surely would soothe even the most prehistoric monster. Yet I saw it all within a short walk from Foyers Bay House -- and amazingly there were vantage points where it could be seen all at once.
We had the luxury of being the only guests at the homey B&B, so we enjoyed the best room (with balcony) and more than a normal share of attention from owners David and Kate. Their dinners were great -- most restorative after long days of traipsing around and sightseeing.
While I'm far from a connoisseur of spirituous beverages, I promised myself that I wouldn't leave Scotland without sampling a few (or more) of the country's best brands. It turns out that I'd come to the perfect place. David is super-knowledgeable about the whisky (don't spell it with an "e" unless it contains corn squeezin's, like bourbon), his bar is well stocked, and there is no better classroom for sampling than the parlour, where guests are warmed by a fireplace's gentle flames and, best, sips of pure amber.
Maybe our stay was magical and couldn't be repeated, but we'd sure like to try. Meanwhile, may YOUR visit be just as extraordinary.
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