Staring out of the dining room window as dusk began to settle, my observation of Ben-y-Vraike mountain began to take on a mystical experience. As night descended, so did the clouds. Yet these clouds seemed to manipulate the paint palate which made up the Scottish Highlands. As if having brush in hand – it layered ethereal colours onto canvas, in hues of mauve. The depth and tone changing constantly. I sat cross-legged in front of the large, wide windows. Enthralled by what I was seeing. Shannon the Guest House Manager told me later, when I spoke to her about the experience. “The mountain speaks to you.” It did.
I felt a desire to express through abstract painting what I saw. My latest manuscript, which I’ve been struggling to write, soared upwards like phoenix in my belly. Plopping words into my mouth and filling me with the desire to explode them onto paper. Like raindrops onto grass. Alas, I did not have the time or the opportunity.
Bed & Breakfast Rates
Rates for bed & breakfast are based on two people in a bedroom
Rates from 1st April 2014
Double Rooms are £140.00 per night.
Deluxe Double Rooms are £160.00 per night.
The Suite is £180.00 per night
I had arrived at Kinnaird Estate by helicopter a short while earlier – after a visit to Glamis Castle – childhood home of the Queen Mother. Walking up the lane towards the house I felt overwhelmingly lucky, to be spending the rest of my weekend in the luxe B&B of Kinnaird Estate.
My one night stay consisted of bed and breakfast the next morning, with fantastic estate views and the evening before spent playing a scandalous and unfortunate form of billiards on the huge table available. There is something homely and warm about it. Shoes were off very quickly.
There are many places to find privacy indoors and a mix of magazines and books available for you to curl up with. As well as umbrellas available for any wet walks you may want to take. The grounds are incredibly inviting and there is clay pigeon shooting available. Which I will tell you more about in my next post. Fly fishing on the River Tay, which is Scotland’s largest and best known salmon river and runs through Kinnaird estate. It also comprises of 2 miles of double bank prime fly fishing.
Situated just off the A9 in Pitlochry, Kinnaird Estate is 1.40 mins drive from Edinburgh. A mere 20 minute helicopter ride from Glamis Castle. 2 hours from Inverness & 1.30 mins from Glasgow. A train can be taken to Dunkeld but a car is needed to explore the area. (There is a car hire shop in the town.)