Last week we stayed at The Dairy at Daviot for our first proper holiday as a threesome. We’ve made the trip to visit family in Cardiff a couple of times already and went to the Lake District for an extended family holiday but this was our first time away with just us.
It’s become a sort of tradition for us to go on holiday during the last week of May. It’s the week we got married in Santorini two years ago and the week of our babymoon last year. But it really started before our wedding as a way to avoid the high prices and hot temperatures of the summer months (Mik is a pale Scotsman so the amount of suncream we would need to take means it just isn’t worth travelling outside of the UK in June and July!). So we decided to continue our tradition and book a holiday for our second wedding anniversary.
The Dairy at Daviot turned out to be the perfect choice for our first holiday. We didn’t have to drive too far and the gorgeous cottage was in a great location for easily exploring the region. The Dairy is made up of 6 cottages, each named after a breed of cow, with a playground, cafe and ice cream parlour on site. Our cosy cottage was called Friesian and was exactly what we needed. Off the large hallway downstairs, we had a well equipped kitchen, a toilet, a useful cupboard for storing coats and the baby sling and a cosy living room with a patio door out into the cobbled courtyard. Upstairs were two spacious en-suite bedrooms.
Let’s talk about the baby proofing and accessories which is something we’ve never had to really think about on holiday before. The Dairy provided a high chair, travel cot, stair gates, baby plates and cutlery and a handful of toys and DVDs. All of the sockets were fitted with socket covers. A nappy bin and changing mat were also provided which was great as we didn’t have to keep moving stuff in and out of our changing bag. There were also a couple of nightlights which made moving around in the dark that little bit easier.
Baby Friendly Activities
During our stay, the weather wasn’t great – not a huge surprise really, it being Scotland. It rained a lot! It didn’t matter though as we still managed lots of the nearby walks, even if we did get a little soggy. As we had Dylan in the sling, we just did easy, short walks but there are so many longer, more challenging walks if you’d prefer. The cottage had a big folder full of suggested walks with useful details on where to park and how accessible they are for prams/wheelchairs.
We had one lovely sunny morning where we drove the 25 minutes over to Dores on Loch Ness for a walk on the beach which was stunning. We’ve “done” Loch Ness before so didn’t do the more obvious things like Urquhart Castle or a boat trip but these are easily doable from the Dairy as well.
During our travels in Scotland, we’ve driven through Inverness many times but never actually stopped there. The centre is just 10 minutes from the Dairy so we ventured in one afternoon for a walk and a pizza. It’s a small city but the castle and cathedral are really pretty and there are lots of places to eat along the riverbank.
Each day we took Dylan to the playground at the Dairy. He loves going on the swings so it was a shame that there were no baby swings. However, I took him on them on my lap and it seems that is almost as fun! He also enjoyed being bounced (gently!) on the trampoline and was intrigued trying to crawl across it. I bet if he’d been a bit older we wouldn’t have been able to get him out of the playground!
The weather wasn’t quite good enough to sit out while we were there but the courtyard has picnic benches dotted about which would be lovely in the summer. The only thing that would make it better would be a little bit of grass for crawlers to play on. Even if it had been sunny enough, I’m not sure we’d have been able to make use of the benches as Dylan wouldn’t have been safe or comfortable crawling on the cobbles. There are other grassy areas around the Dairy but not with benches.
All in all we had a brilliantly relaxing trip. There are so many things we didn’t get round to doing this time like the Strathspey railway, the Highland Wildlife Park and dolphin watching. I wouldn’t be surprised if we find ourselves back there in the future!