13 December 2018

House By The Loch

One of the best new words to emerge this year was ‘buddymoon’. Derived from the phrase buddy honeymoon it is also a word that reflects a subtle change in social mores as well as being a fun 21st century concept. For those not yet in the know, this is where a couple take their friends and family with them on a break after they get married. Unlike a few decades ago, many couples getting married now already live together and have already holidayed together with their children so the idea of a post marriage romantic break for two seems slightly old fashioned. Enter the buddymoon. With millennials now favouring intimate get togethers as opposed to the raucous stag weekends, that were the norm in the 90s, there is never a better time to take your friends on holiday.

House by the Loch is an incredibly sociable place to relax post wedding with your nearest and dearest. It has something for every generation, space for dancing, a cinema for teens, play equipment and a zip wire for the young ones, and hot tub for the grownups. The Dores Inn on the banks of Loch Ness is only a short drive away and will organise a mini bus to shuttle guests down for dinner and drinks for a more conventional celebration if one is required. There are also activities galore to be had in the area, whether it’s golf, fishing or paintball, all the traditional stag or hen shenanigans can be done at a leisurely pace instead of crammed into a single day and without the self-imposed single sex restrictions that might seem quaint to the younger generation.

Inver Lodge would be a fantastic choice for a winter buddymoon for a group of adults who are interested in the outdoors. It has 11 bedrooms and the dining room seats 22 people so makes a great place for a celebratory meal. The owners of the lodge can arrange a chef to come in and make something really special, alternatively, the bar can be supplied with a keg of beer for toasting the happy couple by the woodburning stove. Summer is obviously the most popular time to get married but due to its proximity to the Cairngorms and the most reliable skiing Scotland has to offer then Inver Lodge is at its best when the temperatures drop. There are also some amazing, low season, bargains to be had outside of Christmas and New Year.

Friends and family may not be able to travel long distances and take a whole week off work so a brilliant way to still include them would be for a long weekend at Strone House. Short breaks are available in mid and low season and its incredibly convenient for anyone in the central belt, also for those flying into Scotland it’s only a 45-minute drive from the airport. It’s the kind of place where you would just relax for a few days instead of being super active. If you were to rent Strone Cottage as well then over 20 people could be accommodated as well as 5 dogs. Loch Lomond is close by, as are the Arrochar Alps and The Cobbler but Strone is best enjoyed outside, in the hot tub or in the beautiful gardens where peacocks, ducks and hens roam free while you have a barbecue.

Another activity traditionally indulged in on a hen or stag weekend that would be much more fun on a buddymoon would be an excursion like a boat trip. With both sexes represented it’s an altogether more refined and gentler affair sitting more comfortably with contemporary tastes. St Kilda is an incredibly romantic spot but as you are unlikely to be able to visit on your own then it makes sense to be surrounded by your friends and family instead of complete strangers. It may be possible to have a private hire of a boat for a large enough group and make it a truly memorable day out. The quickest crossing to St Kilda is from South Uist where there is now a huge selection of top-quality accommodation on offer. Beachcombers and Rockpool are identical and sit just next door to each other overlooking the sea and between them they can sleep 12. Fine dining, golf and wonderful beaches are all on hand here, especially great for families and young children.