For our honeymoon back in 2017 we decided to head up to the Highlands of Scotland. We had a certain criteria that needed to be met. We didn't just want a lodge, we wanted a log fire, a hot tub and to be close to mountains.
Wolf Lodge in Carrbridge ticked all the boxes, it was a cosy 2 bed lodge with everything we wanted.
From outside we could tell this would be an amazing lodge to stay in.
One of the days we were lazing around seen us taking a walk into the village of Carrbridge to discover the Old Packhorse Bridge. The bridge was built in 1717 and is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands and the River Dulnain flows beneath it.
One of the many places we went to was Loch Morlich. We decided late one afternoon to do the circular walk around the loch and with it being mid November the sunset was a nice way to end the walk.
Framed by the snow capped range of the Cairngorm and surrounding forestry, I was quite contented just standing on the beach, breathing in the cold November air and just being in the moment.
Sun was setting as we neared the end of our walk around the loch and we were treated to watching the sun set over the hills and loch.
I am a total sucker for the hills and lochs, throw in a sunset and I am not moving from there until I have photographed it from so many different angles and stages of the sunset.
Despite the coldness, this was definitely one of my favourite moments.
Stunning views shared with my beautiful wife.
Cairngorm and the Northern Corries
One of the main reason behind choosing the location of our honeymoon was the fact that it was in driving distance of a Munro. Well several Munro's in fact.
We had planned the route having picked to go via the northern corries, packed the rucksacks and headed off to the Cairngorm Ski Centre car park.
Again it was a cold brisk November day but it was not raining which is always a bonus when out on the hills.
Vicki's first Munro
I was told before we went that the Cairngorm plateau was really remote and rugged and I was not disappointed. On a serious note I was glad we had packed both a map and compass and a hand held GPS unit, for we got slightly disoriented and required GPS help to reacquaint ourselves.
We had planned on doing both Cairngorm and Ben Macdui but with this being November and it being winter conditions we were losing daylight fast so decided to scrap that plan, Ben Macdui will still be there next time we go back.
For being my wife's first Munro she loved every aspect of it except for when we stopped at the summit for something to eat. It was a cold and very windy point of the day. It was that windy by stove wouldn't light so we had no hot drinks or soup and settled in for a quick sandwich before heading back to the car.
The hot tub and log fire was a welcomed sight when we got back to the lodge.