The Best Wester Ross Holiday Cottages for your UK Short Break

When it comes to British minibreak destinations, Scotland’s rural Wester Ross region, located in the Northwest Highlands, sets the bar pretty high. With picture-perfect vistas, amazing wildlife, and so much to see and explore, you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere better to spend a couple of relaxing nights.

You can stay in traditional lodgings, on the shores of Scotland’s famous lochs, spending your days hiking, exploring or just chilling out, and your nights enjoying characterful bucolic pubs with new friends. Here’s some of the very best cottages for you to choose from, allowing you to create the perfect Scottish getaway.

An Cos, Shieldaig

An Cos

An Cos image © An Cos Shieldaig

 

This luxury highland holiday cottage sits on the shores of Loch Shieldaig, and is not only breathtakingly beautiful and secluded but is also relatively easy to get to. Featuring luxury self-catering facilities, as well as local award-winning restaurants, there’s plenty of options when it comes to food.

This traditionally styled, but modern built cottage is perfect for a family, or a group of up to 10 people. The local village, Shieldaig, offers lots of different activities and sports, not to mention a top-notch pub. It’s also utterly gorgeous, and a conservation village.

 

 

 

Cruinn Leum Round House, Toscaig

Cruinn Leum Round House

Cruinn Leum Round House image © Unique Cottages

When it comes to finding a really unique option for your highland getaway holiday cottage, look no further. The Cruinn Leum Round House in Toscaig offers luxury, environmentally friendly lodging, with an original twist. As the name suggests, it’s a quirky round house!

With its ancient looks, spectacular views and luxuriously designed interior, this cottage was originally built as an artist’s retreat but has since proved incredibly popular with a holidaymakers. This is perfect accommodation for a couple or small family. Continue reading

How to Plan a Wedding in Cyprus

For a lot of us, the absolute dream wedding is a Cyprus wedding. The gorgeous scenery, the reliable weather, the local customs and culture you can incorporate, it just makes for a smoother, happier, easier wedding, while helping create a truly magical experience.

That’s not to say it’s without its difficulties, however. Planning a wedding abroad can be pretty tricky, but with a little research, and our guide, you’ll find yourself putting together your dream wedding in no time at all.

Choose the Perfect Location

By that, I don’t mean just pointing at a whole country and saying ‘there!’. You need to be specific, and ideally, you should have already visited the location you want to have your wedding.

That means expeditionary holidays to check out different locations and see where would be absolutely perfect, unless you already know the country well.

When it comes to actually choosing the location, do your research, and make sure it’s somewhere you really love. What’s the point of travelling so far from home if you’re not going to be finicky about the location?

Hire a Great Wedding Planner

The whole point of having a wedding abroad is being relaxed! That’s why we all go on holiday, after all, to get away from all the stresses and tensions of everyday life. That’s exactly why you need a quality wedding planner. Finding the right local wedding planner can be its own hassle, however.

When it comes to finding the right wedding planner, you need to make sure you talk to a range of proven local options, getting quotes and having chats with everyone. Read plenty of online reviews, and make sure you know you can trust them completely.

Weddings are a special, powerful day in anyone’s life, so it can be very hard to let go of the reins and allow the planner to take over properly, even more so if you don’t trust them completely. That’s why you need to find someone absolutely perfect for your wedding.

Use the Internet Extensively

When it comes to wedding planning, the internet is easily the greatest tool in the world. It’s a directory of millions of businesses, ideas, images, tutorials and stories. In short, it’s everything you need when putting together a really special day.

It seems obvious to state it, but just make sure you’re making full use of the internet, from wedding planning forums, to YouTube tutorials and guides, to Pinterest idea boards, all the way over to wedding service companies, there’s absolutely everything you need online.

If you’re looking at planning a fabulous Cypriot dream wedding, give us a call at +357 23 744195, or drop us an email at info@marriageincyprus.com, and at Aphrodite Wedding Services, we’ll help you craft an extraordinary wedding.

Useful Apps for Travelling

airbnb

Apps are becoming a useful tool for many things including travelling. Whether you’re trying to find a cheap hotel or a place to eat, we’re pretty sure there’s an app for that. So to make your travelling smooth and hassle-free, we’ve listed a few useful apps that can help you during your travel.

Airbnb

Whether you’re booking an accommodation a few days before your travel or in advance, Airbnb is your best friend for booking affordable accommodations. Airbnb tends to be private owners who hire a spare room or a flat to travellers in their area. They usually are cheaper than booking a room in a hotel and can sometimes be even less expensive than hostel if the flat is shared

uberUber or Lyft

You have probably heard of Uber which is one of the most popular apps for looking for a taxi near you. Uber is much more favourable and much safer than calling a taxi as you’ll be able to track where you’re going, and all information about the driver is visible. Uber also tends to be cheaper than a regular taxi. Just keep in mind that you’re more likely to find an Uber in popular cities rather than small locations. If you’re unable to find any uber, we recommend an alternative app which is called Lyft.

Airline App

Airline app is useful for travelling as it allows you to download your boarding pass digitally straight to your mobile devices. This app is super helpful for travellers who tend to keep their phone with them at all times. There would be no need for bringing any paper documents with you apart from your passport. The app is compatible with most airlines including British Airways, Thompson and many others. Another useful feature includes notifications alerts whenever there’s a delay or changes to your flight.

Why shepherds huts are gaining popularity with UK travellers?

Shepherds huts have been around since the 14th and 15th centuries. Originally they were used as temporary accommodation for shepherds looking after their flocks in the field. Hundreds of years laters, and Shepherds huts are once again popular but with a new purpose. Restyled as the new ‘middle class must-have accessory’, these huts are being transformed into beautiful accommodation that can be used for a variety of purposes.

Shepherds huts are extremely versatile, which makes them popular with travellers. They include the essential home comforts such as heating, cooking and washing facilities all wrapped up in a traditional style shepherds hut – this makes them very appealing to travellers looking for something different.

Why shepherds huts are popular today?

The British people are in love with the charm and versatility of shepherds huts. One of the major reasons for their popularity is ‘glamping’, the recent concept of luxury camping. Due to the financial instability caused by recessions and Brexit, many people can’t afford to go abroad for a holiday. Instead, they are choosing UK-based holidays, and glamping allows people to get away without spending large amounts of money on accommodation. As the popularity of glamping has increased, the facilities have evolved to include new favourites such as Shepherd Huts and sleeping pods. You can still take part in the regular outdoor activities enjoyed by many on a camping holiday, enjoy the natural views and avoid the crowds. These huts give you all the same benefits of camping but with some of the home luxuries you wouldn’t expect. Modern shepherds huts are very well designed. There are double glazed windows, a strong roof, en-suite bathrooms, a fire pit and other luxuries. For the tranquility and peace it offers, the shepherds huts are becoming popular holiday lodgings in the UK.

Many British people now enjoy spending their holidays in a shepherds hut. They like to go to a seaside or rural destinations across England, Scotland and Wales. Popular locations for staying in a shepherd huts include the Norfolk Broads, Lake District, Scottish Highlands and Peak District. As more people are holidaying in the UK, it also contributes positively to the British economy.

Features of a modern shepherds hut

In addition to holiday accommodation, modern shepherds huts are being used in everyday environments. Designed according to your requirements, huts can be used as an extra bedroom, children’s playroom or Summer house. You can choose roughly sawn woods like Cedar or Oak as the exterior, and painted wood finishes and corrugated steel are also used for the exterior. You can find these in different colors. You can customise the interior of the hut according to your own requirements. Modern huts are fully insulated to protect you from harsh weather conditions. These huts have everything you need for a modern living. Continue reading