five stars, gold green credentials and innovation accolade for Highland log cabinsWithin just four weeks of opening, a unique luxury Highland accommodation provider has secured two prestigious industry accreditations and an award for research and innovation, making it one of the top tourism destinations in the country.
High on a hillside between Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar in the Scottish Highlands, Eagle Brae provides superior-quality self-catering accommodation in seven Canadian-style log cabins powered entirely by renewable energy.
Upon welcoming its first guests at the start of September, the development attained gold status from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a feat which normally takes businesses several seasons to achieve. Assessors noted that every purchase had been carefully considered with respect to its ethical, recycled or environmental impact. They were also impressed by the log cabins’ minimal use of manufactured building materials, their use of traditional skills and impressive thermal performance.
Shortly afterwards, owners Mike and Pawana Spencer-Nairn picked up the SCDI (Scottish Council for Development and Industry) award for Research and Innovation after judges recognised their attention to detail and commitment to setting a new standard in green holiday accommodation.
Now, within a month of opening, Eagle Brae has been awarded five stars by the Scottish Tourist Board, an enviable and certification which is yearned for by guest house owners and hoteliers across the country.
Speaking of Eagle Brae’s success, Mike Spencer-Nairn said: “We came to the Highlands with the ambition of creating something completely unique. There are plenty chalet-type self-catering lodges, but Eagle Brae is unlike anything else available in the UK tourism market.
“The standard of quality and craftsmanship demonstrated is second to none, and our commitment to environmental sustainability makes it one of the greenest holiday destinations in Europe.
“These three awards are the icing on the cake for us. It has taken almost eight years of hard work, planning and development to get here. We are very proud of the finished result and we would like to thank everyone for their support during this time.
We won’t be resting on our laurels however. Now that we are up and running we will be working to establish an excellent reputation and building on the excellent facilities and services at Eagle Brae.” The Eagle Brae log cabin village is powered by an onsite micro-hydro scheme, with individual biomass boilers providing hot water. It also benefits from its own natural underground water source, making it entirely self-sufficient and carbon neutral.
Guests can choose from a wide range of activities, including fishing and hunting on Eagle Brae’s own private beats, archery, sled-dog rides, hillwalking and camera safaris. Quality wines, home-cooked meals and locally sourced meat are also available for visitors.