The HPL team is absolutely delighted to introduce our newest member, Clare Johnston. Clare has been appointed to the newly-created role of HPL Operations Manager to help us deliver first-class standards across our expanding portfolio of lodges. Clare will be managing the day-to-day running of the privately-owned holiday properties, while HPL Directors Judith and Tanja remain the main contacts for owners, guests and enquiries. You can read more about Clare’s credentials here.
A regular visitor to the area, her love of the Cairngorms National Park and all it offers prompted Clare’s move here in 2014. With glimmers of summer sunshine reviving us this week after the long, cold winter, we asked Clare to tell us about her perfect summer’s day ...
“There are so many fantastic ways to spend a summer’s day in the Cairngorms National Park. With so much on offer it’s difficult to choose the perfect day out.
For me, the perfect summer’s day would begin with taking our dog Cas to Nethy Bridge for a morning walk. There’s something magical about walking alongside the river with the sun sparkling on the water and listening to the birds singing away in the trees. A visit to Nethy House Café afterwards is a must for delicious pancakes with bacon and maple syrup.
In the afternoon, I would head out for a cycle with my husband and son to Loch Morlich where we would hire a kayak or Canadian canoe for some fun on the water. Having the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop as you paddle out into the loch is just stunning and I love how peaceful it can feel sitting in the middle of the loch admiring the view.
Afterwards we would pay a visit to the Old Bridge Inn for a refreshing drink and catch up with friends, sitting outside at the picnic benches to catch the last of the sunshine, a lovely way to end a perfect summer’s day.”
Cas enjoying a dip in the River Nethy
Cycling in the summer sunshine with the perfect backdrop
Glass calm reflections at stunning Loch Morlich
How will you spend your perfect summer’s day in the Cairngorms National Park? Let us know!