Eagle Brae is the stuff that dreams are made of. A series of grass roofed log cabins nestled up a dirt track in the deep wilds of the Scottish Highlands with only wild deer for company. 

Nicola and I spent the most amazing long weekend up in the Highlands, in the most picture perfect, fairytale log cabin I have ever seen. To be honest I didn’t even know places like this existed in the UK! So for all of us across the pond dreaming of the wildness of The States and Canada, well, there is a small piece of it right here in the Scottish Highlands. 

Anyone who knows me well enough knows I have trouble sitting still, and the idea of spending four days without leaving the cabin is absolutely unheard of, I just can’t do it. Or so I thought… for the first time in my adult life I sat still, I was truly present and mindful of how incredibly peaceful life can be. Without the usual pull of hiking out for sunrises, or leaving the house in search of photos and a change of scene, I learned the beauty of being present, mindful and content with what was in front of me.

Looking for more of Amelia’s life lessons? Read Road Tripping in North Wales: A Lesson in Slowing Down

We were blessed with an unseasonably warm Scottish summer and spent the days lounging on the deck, reading and drinking cans of cold cider. As the nights drew in and the temperature dropped, we lit the fire, snuggled on the sofa and watched chick flicks. Our phones were left inside and unnoticed as we chased the dogs around the estate, spotted deer grazing in front of empty cabins and listened in awe to the pure peace and silence. Eagle Brae has the amazing ability to make you forget the outside world, to truly embrace nothing but the simple everyday, cozying up on the sofa, hot coffee and your favorite music drifting outside.

Find more creative ways to travel slower with our Guide to Wild Camping in the UK