I had such a wonderful stay with Sandy and Sandra that I went back a week later. Everything was wonderful, from the rooms and meals, to the hospitality and welcome from the two of them.
Upon arrival, Sandra welcomed me, gave me my choice of rooms - all of which are lovely - and then offered me tea. It was served in the living room, a pot of tea and a choice of biscuits. A short time later, Sandy came to say hello and stayed to chat. We had an amazing conversation; Sandy knows all the history of the area and is a fascinating storyteller. Sandra came in several times to check if I wanted dinner - she serves a choice of evening meals - and brought me the most delicious bowl of Cullen Skink (and then wouldn't charge me for it the next day!) I truly enjoyed that evening, visiting with Sandy and another guest.
At the end of my stay in Scotland, after a night in a B&B elsewhere that was not nearly so enjoyable, I wanted my last memory of Scotland to be a positive one. Knowing that I would find this with Sandra and Sandy, I travelled from Inverness up to the Antlers for my last night. And it was even more memorable than I could ever have planned.
Sandra greeted me at the door like an old friend, and took me into the living room to join Sandy and the other guests for tea. After more stories, Sandy (remembering that I had been asking about boat trips) asked if I'd like to go out in his boat. I jumped at the chance, and we headed over to Lybster harbour. We headed out to sea, and noting another boat bringing in Mackerel, Sandy threw a line in to catch a few as well. Upon pulling in his line, Sandy casually noted that there were porpoises circling the boat! Apparently they are fairly rare in that area, so I was lucky to see them.
When we returned to the B&B, Sandra had dinner ready - homemade fish and chips, with Cranachan (unbelievably delicious!) for dessert. Sandy and I talked for ages, and I hated to head to bed.
My stay with Sandy and Sandra at the Antlers was by far the highlight of my 3 week trip to Scotland. They both went out of their way to ensure I had an amazing stay. I hope to stay in touch with them, and on my next trip to Scotland I will definitely be returning for another visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small family-run bed and breakfast offers the personal touch and guarantees you a warm and friendly welcome. It is full of Scottish charm focusing on luxury accommodation, comfort and good food offering guests tranquility and relaxation. The Antlers was purposely built to capture picturesque sea and coastal views from every room in the house giving a real sense of freedom. Located 1 mile north of the village of Lybster and central for the county towns of Wick and Thurso. 40 – 45 mins drive from either John o Groats or Scrabster car ferries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Antlers Lybster, Scotland