Monday, April 01, 2013

Holiday To Inverness: Days 3 - 4

25 - 26 March 2013
Nairn and Findhorn; Glen Affric and Inverness

Brock's second walk of the day was along the long, sandy beach at Nairn, followed by a walk back through the town.

We had lunch at The Bakehouse in Findhorn. The food and coffee were superb, but quite a long wait (half an hour) for the main courses to arrive. We started with an Americano coffee for me: green tea for Rob. Rob had a piece of pecan tart, while I had a delicious, gluten free chocolate cake. Probably the best gluten free cake I have tasted. Rob had a felafel, hummus and aubergine dip platter with home baked flat bread. I had hummus, olives and gluten free bread. (Bill came to around £22.) It was all first class and we would have eaten here again if we had been in the vicinity.

(Photo of The Bakehouse taken from their website)

The Findhorn Foundation was our next stop. Brock walked around the site with us, admiring the growing number of eco-friendly houses. One of the older, three-bedroomed houses is up for sale at £300K. The interior looks beautiful on the website. There is a really good food and gift shop on the site, too.

On Tuesday, we drove to Glen Affric and went on a 3.25 mile walk through stunning pine forest, with distant views of snowy mountains. The waterfall called 'Dog Falls' (we kept Brock firmly on the lead at this point, just in case ;o)), and the small Coire Loch added to the interest of the walk. Although we felt quite warm with the walking, there were icicles hanging in the gorge, and we had a light snow shower on the way round.

We had planned to drive on to Fort Augustus, but a bad traffic accident had blocked the route, so we returned to Inverness.

Lunch was at the Pizza Express. Rob had Giardina pizza followed by Cafe Reale dessert (figs, marscapone cheese and coffee). Rob ordered 'chips' and got polenta chips as a side order, which he didn't like. I had a rather oily Goats' Cheese Salad, and ice cream fudge sundae, with a Peroni beer and macchiato coffee. The bill came to £37. We had a bit of a shock at first because the waiter had added a third main course to our bill, making it £47. It was expensive enough without that! The restaurant looks a bit tatty, with chipped paintwork and food on the floor; our first choice of desserts was not available, and then we had the problem with the bill. We decided that we probably wouldn't go back there again for those reasons.

After a brief look round the shops, we bought some nice food from M&S for dinner and headed home to relax for the evening.
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