Breakfast at Invercassley

Spoilt for choice “a good hearty cooked full breakfast”

One of the reasons for staying in a B & B is the prospect of a great breakfast in the morning which someone else has cooked for you, and will also clear away and wash up. I am sure when most of us are at home and dashing around in our busy normal life a slice of toast or bowl of cereal is all we can manage to fit in. However on holiday breakfast takes on a new meaning, its something to take time over, chatting with family & friends and enjoying extra cups of coffee or slices of toast. Its the chance to pour over guidebooks and maps to plan the days adventures, and pick up tips of hidden gems from the hosts.

Often the highlight is a good hearty cooked full breakfast to set you up for the day. Like many, as a child my parents would say “ eat as much as you can for breakfast , then we don’t need to buy lunch” and I am sure that still holds true today. At Invercassley we pride ourselves on our breakfast menu and try as much as possible to use home made or locally grown/made products ; eggs from our chicken and ducks, tomatoes from the polytunnel, meat products from the local butcher and crofts with plenty of toast made with homemade bread and jams/ marmalade from local producers . However if you are on a longer holiday , the thought of a cooked breakfast every morning can fill some guests with dread , and have them checking the waistband of their trousers every day. As a B & B owner you need to come up with something different to tempt the appetite and offer a real choice every morning. A popular favourite on our breakfast menu are pancakes , freshly cooked each morning with all you have to decide is whether they are served with crispy bacon & maple syrup or with homemade natural yoghurt and fruit. I like to say they are award winning , as the cups on my shelf from the Lairg Crofters Show are testament to, but that can put you under pressure especially when guests arrive saying that friends and family that have stayed with us have recommended the pancakes to try. Next up are the omelettes , made with a choice of fillings and with eggs collected that morning from our birds. Guests never fail to be amazed at how yellow our free range eggs make the omelettes look never mind how good they taste. For those looking for a more healthy diet we offer the option of a breakfast cranachan , based on the traditional Scottish dessert, with yoghurt replacing the cream and an optional drop of whisky for authenticity . Not forgetting those who hark back to childhood memories we can also serve boiled eggs with soldiers of toast standing to attention on the plate. Still that’s not all, with poached eggs on toast/muffins, croissants & brioche rolls, porridge, fresh fruit and yoghurt and cereals there is enough to give you a different breakfast choice for every day of your holiday. The hardest part will be choosing what to have.

New Year, New Start

With the threat  of Covid-19 still hanging  over us and uncertainty in the holiday industry , we are trying to look forward to and start planning for our 2021 season. We had such a positive response from our guests last year we have decided to continue with only letting one of our rooms for the coming year. However, that  we have decided to make the B & B part of our home into a self contained annex so that guests have all the facilities and privacy of a holiday rental but with the added bonus of having a home cooked breakfast delivered to them each morning. With this in mind we have embarked on some major work over our closed season. Our old main bathroom suite has been replaced and a new shower enclosure will also be fitted offering guests a large family sized bathroom in addition to their en – suite.  Our entrance/boot room will now become our dining area and a kitchenette is in the process of being fitted. This will enable guests to prepare lunch or light meals during their stay reducing the cost of eating out, or assist if covid restrictions still mean eating establishments are closed. At the moment we are surrounded with boxes , tools , pots of paint and lots of noise and dust but hopefully within a few weeks there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

To allay peoples fears of costs associated with cancelling holidays , we are now allowing guests to book without the need for a deposit and free cancellation up to 7 days of your stay. In addition if you book 4 days or more direct with us you will receive a 10% discount on your stay.

After 202O we think that everyone is looking forward to a holiday , and it looks like staycations will prove popular so why not book your 2021 stay now and have something to look forward to

Ash & Tracey

Sky at Night – Dark Skies of Sutherland

For those that love star watching the big open skies of Sutherland are perfect for watching the sky at night. The scattered population and small rural hamlets mean there is little in the way  of light  pollution, and North West Sutherland is known as one of the darkest sky locations in the UK and possibly Europe.  With cold crisp cloudless autumn and winter nights. its the best time to go stargazing . Why not go outside with your telescope and get some spectacular views of the astronomical sights around us ,including the beautiful Milky Way as seen by this photo taken by guest Chris Barkway. There are also two Dark Sky Discovery Sites just a short drive away in Lochinver and Tain

The Northern Lights or Aurora  Borealis are another spectacular sight on many travellers bucket list,  and as Scotland is on the same latitude as Stravangar in Norway  and the Nunivak Islands in Alaska its another natural wonder that Sutherland can offer. Again autumn and winter offer long hours of darkness and frequent  cold clear nights, and combined with a night of increased solar activity you could  be rewarded with the dancing colours across the night sky. Its a good idea to download one of the many Aurora apps which will warn you when the sightings are likely, but remember they are often at their visiable in the early hours, so best for night owls. Although we do not face North at Invercassley, a short drive up on the Lairg road or the hills around Altass will give you wide open views of the Northern Skies . Another great location is in Rogart , nr Lairg where one of the country’s top Aurora photographers is based and his photos can be viewed on social media pages.

So on your next visit why not wrap up warm and see what views of the celestial world you can find here in Sutherland.

Terrace-area-for B&B guests

A quiet place to sit and stare….. some progress made during the Covid-19 crisis

One thing that has come out of the current Covid-19 crisis, is that many of us have had the time to sit down and work through our list of jobs that we have always been meaning to do but never had time. Although our 1st draft list seems to keep increasing with new jobs that we have found, we have just completed our first project which was to create a terrace area for guests to use. Tidying up the overgrown grass bank at the back of the cottage we discovered a beautiful stone wall and built in flower bed, on which we have worked hard to clear out and expose the stonework. The paving stones were all cleaned and weeded, new gravel laid and the outside walls and woodwork all re-painted. Our aim was to create a Mediterranean style terrace, so our bench was painted a deep blue colour, and matching pots and planters were filled with bedding plants and placed around the edge. Although we can’t always promise warm Mediterranean sunshine, we hope that this will provide guests with a bright and  welcoming entrance to their accommodation. It’s also a great place to sit with a morning coffee planning the days adventures, or to sit in the evening and relax with a drink. We hope it won’t be long before we can welcome guests back to our home  who will be able to use this new area to relax in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Covid-19 Polocy for Invercassley B&B

COVID-19 Notice – Impact on B&B Facilities in 2020 & Bookings for 2021

Please note that due to the current covid-19 crisis we are closed until further notice. When government regulations allow us to re-OPEN, FOR the remainder of 2020 season we will be making the following changes to comply with social distancing and for guests and our safety.
*Only our stoats tail room will be available to rent.
*our willie gunn room will be converted into a dining room where a hot & cold buffet breakfast will be served to minimise contact.
*guests will have their private entrance and sole use of all the B & B FACILITIES which is in a separate annex to our home.
* Our wildlife watching trips will not be available.
*guests will be asked to make full payment before their stay by bank transfer or by card payment over the phone to limit contact.
between stays All rooms and surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and SANITIZED. all bedding and towels will be washed on a hot wash TEMPERATURE. rooms will be aired and left vacant for a minimum of 24hrs ***
**although we are now closed, our 2021 diary is open and we are
currently taking bookings for May – october 2021