I love the Scottish summer- it's my favourite day of the year! It's also a big disadvantage though, because so many people in the Highlands flock to Landmark Adventure Park. Stupidly, we did the same.
Landmark was SO busy, with a 45 minute queue to enter (for non season ticket holders) - and lengthy waits for most of the attractions. So, to pass the time until the crowds dispersed, we headed for the restaurant. WRONG DECISION AGAIN! It was mobbed too, with a 25 minute delay for hot meals. So we left!
We left the car at Landmark and strolled along the Main Road in Carrbridge in search of an eatery of some kind - this is when we found the calm oasis calling itself The Cairn Hotel.
We had children with us so chose to avoid the public bar, but made our way through to the deserted restaurant and say at a table in the window. In no time the waitress appeared with menus and took our orders. The kitchen staff must have been very efficient as our food arrived super fast. Two of us chose fish and chips, and the others went for burgers and chips. The burgers looked lovely and were very tasty I'm informed. Personally I found the fish and chips a little disappointing as I went for the lunch option, rather than the full option. This meant just a half fillet of fish, which I think should have been stated at the time. My only other criticism was that the food was served on cold plates, consequently the rustic style chips were cold too quickly for my liking. However, when the deserts came the hotel redeemed itself. They were superb and of generous portions.
So, on balance, I think you should enjoy the fun of Landmark, but eat at the Cairn Hotel - you can always return to the Landmark after your meal as you can gain access easily using the 'stamp' on the back of your hand.
I hope you have a great day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An authentic Highland inn, full of rustic charm and the perfect base for a tour of the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorm National Park. Our award winning real ale & whisky bar is the centre of our community, providing a genuinely welcoming atmosphere and a great source of information on what to see and do in the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cairn Hotel Carrbridge, Scotland