Watch the red squirrels and birds while enjoying a slice of heaven at the Inshriach Nursery’s Potting Shed in the gorgeous Scottish Highlands. This popular local attraction is, in my opinion, the cake-lover’s El Dorado!
Voted 'One of Britain’s top ten cake shops' by the Observer Good Food guide 2007, the ‘Potting Shed’ Cake Shop here at Inshriach Nursery is better than you could even imagine.
Immediately you enter the tearoom, you can’t think straight. You have just entered Decision World and at some point, the lovely lady behind the counter will need answers. You have entered homemade sponge cake heaven and you now have to make a choice... tea or coffee, while your eyes skim across the various cakes on a sort of virtual cake eating experience. Choose between a slice of creamy heaven with strawberries or a slice of even creamier heaven with seemingly every type of fruit known to man, woman and child. Having made your decision, the cakes are served on fancy china crockery complete with one of those little dessert forks. This is a cake experience second to none!
Having been supplied with goodies, off you go next to the feeding station viewing area as you load fork after fork of creamy sponge cake into your mouth, amazed every time at the lightness of the cake. Take a spot at the window and observe the comings and goings of chaffinches, siskins, greater spotted woodpeckers, blue, coal and great tits as well as red squirrels. Pine martens have visited too on occasion.
If you can’t resist beautiful plants as well as garden centres, you will be delighted with this great beauty spot. A ten minute drive from the Rothiemurchus Visitors Centre, the Nursery is situated within some of the best scenic forested settings in all the Scottish Highlands. Voted “Favourite Feeding Station in Scotland” by RSPB members, this is a plant nursery with a difference!
Back to sponges! The cakes are made, we are told, by the proprietor, one Mrs Gunn Borrowman, formerly of Norway. This lady should be recommended for an OBE for services to the cake loving public. We are a people who always seem to leave a cake eating experience under satisfied. Look no further fellow sponge-eaters, Jack Drake’s Inshriach Nursery awaits you. Check out the website for more details and remember, the nursery is closed on Wednesdays (cake making day, perhaps?)
Jack Drake’s Inshriach Nursery is situated off the B970 as you travel toward Loch Insh from Aviemore. (For GPS users, the postcode is PH22 1QS)
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Aviemore, a popular location for last minute snow and mountain wear ‘must haves’ for holidays in the Cairngorms. A little piece of Highland paradise, Aviemore stretches along one high street and is found off the A9 (along the B9152) towards Perth.
One of the top three mountain ranges in Scotland, the Grampian Mountains tip the balance with magnificent Ben Nevis and the wildlife rich Cairngorms.
A more perfect location than Aviemore, for a holiday or weekend break, does not exist. Ideally situated within the Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore sits on the doorstep of an area packed with fun and exciting things to do and see, the Rothiemurchus estate. With water sports at nearby Loch Morlich, sailing at Loch Insh, skiing up the Cairngorms and hiking through the Glenmore Forest Park, you’ll never be left wandering what to do next.
Water-sports paradise, Loch Insh, found in the charming Highland hamlet of Kincraig is situated in the path of the River Spey in the Strathspey and Badenoch region.
Another treat in store for visitors to the Highlands is that of stunning water sports idyll, the Loch Insh holiday resort.
RSPB Osprey Centre Loch Garten
In the heart of beautiful Abernethy Forest, at a location shared with stunning Loch Garten, lies the brilliant Osprey Centre. Packed with wildlife, bird and tree life, Loch Garten is famed for its resident Ospreys during the months of April to August.
Rothiemurchus is situated in the Badenoch and Strathspey region in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Rich in wildlife, views and activities, it has been a popular holiday resort and centre for over two hundred years. Within half an hour’s drive of Inverness Airport and at a moment’s notice, it is possible to find yourself swapping your everyday life for an active Highland holiday weekend.
Thinking of staying in the heart of the stunning Cairngorm National Park on the Rothiemurchus Estate? If you fail to find somewhere suitable here, you could try Aviemore, Kincraig or Boat of Garten and still enjoy the benefits of a central location in Speyside.
Loch an Eilein
Loch an Eilein, Gaelic for ‘Loch of the Island’, is a popular visitors’ attraction in the Scottish Highlands.