This may sound a little mad, but my partner and I are just back from a mini getaway – staying in a yurt in the woods just outside Elgin. It averaged about zero degrees, there was snow, rain, wind and ice, but we still managed to have a wonderful time. Our yurt was situated in Aldroughty Woods and is owned by Marius, who is wonderfully friendly and hospitable and went the extra mile to ensure that we had a pleasant break. Our yurt had everything we could possibly need, and more! It was fully kitted out with candles, games, CDs, a fruit basket (which also happened to include my favourite chocolate!), an endless supply of wood for our stove and the warmest, cosiest, most comfortable bed I have ever slept in!
It was the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding towns and countryside. We visited the aquarium at Macduff, looked out for dolphins at Spey Bay (unfortunately the tide was out so none were to be seen), wandered around the sleepy coastal town of Lossiemouth, and even went on a day trip to Aberdeen where we explored the maritime museum.
It was such a relaxing, slow-paced holiday – mainly because it took about half an hour to boil the kettle for a cup of tea! – but once the stove was roaring, the wine was poured and the cards dealt, it was bliss!
If you ever get the chance to visit Elgin I highly recommend you stay at Aldroughty Woods! The website for full details can be found at http://www.aldroughtywoods.co.uk/