The trip was to celebrate our three-year wedding anniversary on Sept. 30. I can't believe it's already here again! Mike and I have so much fun being married, we love traveling and having fun with family and friends as well as escaping for adventures of our own. Through Inverness, we stopped in a little town known as Dores and ate dinner at the local Dores Inn, it was gorgeous and right on the water. Mike and I have had a really hard time finding a local restaurant in Aberdeen that serves genuinely good food, which is why I've been doing so much cooking. But this inn was fantastic! Mike went for the staple fish and chips, which was delicious with fresh lemon and tartar sauce, and I got the steak and ale pie... my first official Scottish dish. It was mouth wateringly wonderful, a mixture of steak, mushrooms and gravy baked in a mini crock dish topped with a puff pastry and cheesy mashed potatoes. It also came with roasted potatoes, carrots and onions, yum! (The Scots, as I've mentioned before, are big on their carbs.) We even sipped some whisky on the rocks, which made us feel like we blended in or something. The restaurant was cute and quaint with candle light, fresh flowers one very table, a stone fireplace, wooden chairs and tables, a low ceiling and murmured conversations... just like something out of the movies.
Our cabin was perfect, Mike did a great job tracking it down and getting it booked! The Loch Ness cabins are 10 min. past Dores and secluded just enough to make you feel like you've escaped into the roving countryside. Saturday we went for a 2.5 hour horse ride, I loved it!!! All the way to the top of the little moutain we were on, galloped around curvy gravel roads, through pastures of sheep and even passed a castle where we heard bagpipes playing. How much better does it get!?!
On Sunday we headed back, stopping in Inverness for lunch at the Filling Station, which we've decided is like the Scot's equivalent of a Chili's in the US. They have everything from salads to burgers to pizza and it's all pretty good for the most part. They also have popular local food, like meat pies and salmon AND they serve Coors Light! We figured that whenever we're having a rough week and need a little taste of home from a reliable restaurant, the Filling Station is the place to go.