Autumn Escape

As summer comes to an end in Scotland (not entirely sure if it ever really started) and summer holidays to warmer climates seem like a life time ago, I have started to look at ideas for one last holiday before the end of the year.

Last year, in October we headed off to Iceland for a magical escape that I will definitely not forget in a hurry. However, it got me thinking, do we really need to head so far away to achieve the same relaxation and sense of adventure? Could there be something just as great still in Scotland?

Everyone, let me introduce you to a wee place at the very top of mainland Scotland known as John O’ Groats!! The answer to my questions.

A tiny hamlet set amongst a stunning and rugged landscape that allows for a complete escape from hectic every day living. It is here that you will find the new multi million pound Natural Retreats Resort known as ‘The Inn’.


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Over the last two years the hotel has been carefully restored, and a new Scandi style extension was added which provides a dramatic splash of colour against the rugged and wild coastal landscape. Tucked away in an area of outstanding beauty and wild Scottish landscapes, I was amazed at the choice of accommodation available and the stunning interior design. Can we please discuss how gorgeous all of it is!!

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All of the apartments and lodges at Natural Retreats in John O’Groats are contemporary and sympathetically designed, using local materials from Scottish larch to Caithness stone, the design includes interior elements with a Scandinavian vibe. Along with antler chandeliers, wooden flooring and panoramic views, you’ll find light fixtures created out of lobster pots and rope sourced from local fishing businesses.

I am so so so hoping I can get some time of work in October to book a relaxing weekend away to this beautiful area of Scotland. As the autumn weather closes in I couldn’t imagine a better place to snuggle up with my partner and appreciate the beautiful country I call home.