Love them or hate them the 2012 Olympic Games are nearly here. If you are lucky enough to have tickets you are obviously looking forward to the event, to the hustle and bustle, the ceremony and the excitement surrounding the proceedings.
But what should you do if it’s not your thing; if you don’t fancy dealing with the crowds; if you would prefer to just catch the highlights on TV or if you want to include a holiday in your Olympic adventure?
Balintore has a beautiful clean beach. There is the Seaboard Sculpture Park where you can see the Mermaid of the North, and the Pictish Trail which includes the Hilton of Cadbol, Shandwick and Nigg stones.
If you are travelling from outside the UK and are planning to extend your vacation in order to explore this beautiful and diverse country of ours there is much to explore from a base at 8½ John Street.
The cottage is ideally suited for touring the Highlands. Visit Dunnet Head Lighthouse, the most northerly point on the British mainland, Castle of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home or make the scenic and dramatic drive over the mountains to Applecross on the west coast.
There are lots of things to do in July and August which are the traditional Highland Games months. Highland games come in all sizes. Many small highland towns hold annual games so you should keep a look out for signs at the side of the road as you tour around.
Larger games like those in Inverness (21st July) and the Tain Highland Gathering (9th August) often have participants from overseas. Not quite the Olympics but lots of fun.
The Black Isle Agricultural Show is a two-day event which this year falls on 1st and 2nd of August.
There are beach walks, forest walks, and cycle tracks all around. Morangie Forrest has a good selection of trails suitable for all abilities.
This area is heaven-sent for golfers. Tain Golf Club is only a 10 minuets away and the Royal Dornoch can be reaches in just 20 minutes. Links to these and many more accessible golf courses can be found on our web site.
News reports tell us that the cost of accommodation in London over the Olympics is expected to soar by up to six times the normal rate, accommodation web sites are loaded with rooms in homes and folks are even renting out their own homes for the event.
Have you considered renting out your London home and escaping ‘Olympic Fever’ by staying at 8½ John Street Holiday Cottage. Nestled in Balintore in the Seaboard Villages of Easter Ross in the Highlands of Scotland the cottage offers superior accommodation for your alternative Olympic break.
Whether you want to escape the crowds of London during the Olympics, or wind down after all the excitement of the events, 81/2 John Street offers superior accommodation with everything you might need for your stay. And just in case you don’t want to miss out on 2012 Olympic Games we have flat screen TVs too!