Scotland Island is located in Pittwater with extensive views over the Kuringai National Park. We arrived at Church Point within 60 minutes of leaving Sydney Airport, courtesy of Collaroy Airport Services. Access to Scotland Island is via either the ferry or water taxi. We took the ferry which was a mini cruise of the southern end of Pittwater. Pittwater took our breath away and we fell in love with Scotland Island, at first sight, with its rustic charm, laid back lifestyle of yesteryears and islanders who passed us by with friendly greetings. We were enchanted when we caught sight of Scotland Island Lodge and were made very welcome by our hosts Colin and Rosemary Haskell. A lovely vase of island flowers greeted us in our room which had its own en-suite bathroom. The room was spacious and clean with a little sitting area for extra privacy – although there was a cosy guest lounge available for our use. Tea-making facilities were accompanied by little extra touches such as a jar of home-made cookies which were so delicious that we finished the lot in one go as soon as we arrived! We sat outside in a delightful garden for lunch and ate delicious sandwiches and cake that Rosemary had made for us and later, after a walk around the island breathing in its clean fresh air, we arrived back to a wonderful gourmet dinner prepared by Rosemary. Rosemary is passionate about her cooking and she uses home-grown ingredients (when seasons allow) such as vegetables and herbs, courtesy of Colin who works very hard on their produce patch! Rosemary’s desserts were mouth-watering and even though we were full after the generous portions of appetizers and main course, the desserts were extremely hard to resist! After a good night’s sleep induced by the clean air, incredible peace and darkness on the island we woke refreshed to the smell of home-baked bread. Breakfast was sumptuous and served on the verandah with its lovely views and sounds of nature. Rosemary and Colin are the perfect hosts. If we were looking for privacy, we were left discreetly to our own devices, but when we wished to have a friendly chat, Rosemary and Colin took time off their busy schedules to chat with us. They are extremely well travelled and have had many years of experience running award winning bed and breakfasts. There were many activities available in the locality such as swimming and kayaking in Pittwater, trekking in the beautiful Kuringai National Park, with a packed lunch, exploring the many wonderful northern beaches and cruising on the Hawkesbury. We could be as idle or active as we wished! Although there are no cars on the island, with the exception of emergency and community services and a few local tradesmen, the regular ferry service or water taxi took us over to Church Point where local taxis or the public transport service took us wherever we wanted to go. Sydney is a mere 27 kilometres away. We were never bored. We stayed for four nights at Scotland Island Lodge and have been back several times. We are hoping to go back again to refresh our bodies, mind and senses!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An island retreat an hour north of Sydney. Rosemary and Colin invite you to experience the magic of Scotland Island Lodge. The delicious homemade food, comfortable accommodation and the attention to detail will make your stay memorable. All the city attractions, The Opera House and Harbor only an hour away, while you can enjoy the wonderful scenery of Pittwater and exciting walks to aboriginal rock drawings nearby, or maybe kayak around the bays. ... more less
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