Guestbook

Thanks to The Drey guests for their kind words left in the visitor book, here are a selection - it's much appreciated!

Linda and Sandra 14th-18th February 2024 (winter wildlife 3 day photography tour)

Had an amazing time, The Drey is so comfortable and cosy. Karen is a brilliant hostess and we loved all our photo trips and got some excellent images thanks to Karen's knowledge of the animals. Karen is an excellent wildlife photographer who is always happy to pass on her knowledge, but without any pressure. Many thanks for a wonderful stay Karen. PS The Friary chippie (Beauly) is excellent!

Grant and Lisa10th-13th February 2024 (crested tit session)

Thank you so much Karen! Our stay has been fantastic. The cabin is cosy, all the furnishings, kitchen ware and books are really well thought through. The bed is super-comfy. The cabin has such a homely feel with incredible views! Seeing the cresties was amazing! We hope to be back soon.

Matt and Nathan 1st-5th February 2024 (winter wildlife 3 day photography tour)

We had an amazing time! All the animals were great, particularly the mountain hares, and your guiding was awesome - we learned so much.  Thank you so much Karen for the great winter tour, and I hope we'll be back again soon.

Liz 22nd-26th January 2024 (winter wildlife 3 day photography tour)

Thank you Karen for a wonderful Highland winter workshop.  got to see all the species that I wanted to photograph despite the wind and rain. I chose you as a guide as a rising star and I was not disappointed. Always having your clients interests foremost. The Drey is a lovely cabin, comfortable and had everything I needed. Thank you again.

Brenda and Craig 8-10th December 2023 (crestie session)

We had a fantastic workshop with Karen photographing the wonderful "cresties". Thank you for introducing us to wildlife photography and for creating such a relaxed and easy atmosphere. A brilliant birthday gift for Craig - he didn't want to leave! The Drey is a lovely and comfortable cabin. We loved all the thoughtful touches and squirrels dotted around. We'll be back soon!

Helen 5-th-8th December 2023 (2 days wildlife workshop)

Thanks so much for your hospitality and sharing your photography skills and knowledge of wildlife. Really loved spending time with and photographing your red squirrel family, and with the cresties up the hill. Very pleased with the results! Sub zero temperatures were a challenge on day one but also made for some stunning scenery. Sad to have missed the hares on day 2 due to the gales but it's a good excuse to come back again! Have loved staying at The Drey, it's a lovely cabin in a beautiful area. Look forward to seeing you again next year!

Heather 27th November - 4th December 2023

Another fabulous visit to The Drey.  I loved the welcome to that the Highlands has given me - glorious views if seriously cold. But also the welcome from Karen who made it my home from home while I was between homes. I'm delighted to be moving to the Highlands and look forward to my time here.

Annette 22nd-26th October 2023

Dear Karen: I have loved everything about the Highlands since I was born and it is very satisfying to see how much you do also. Your works are wonderful and make me smile. The Drey is just what I was needing. Thank you!

Neil and Margaret 12th-15th September 2023

We have both enjoyed staying at The Drey. Neil has learned a lot with the photography sessions taking pictures of red squirrels, crested tits, bank voles and salmon. I will book another course and see you in 2024.

Kate 31st August - 5th September 2023

Thanks for a fantastic 4 days spent with some amazing little animals. The salmon jumping was a bonus at Rogie Falls. Hopefully I can return at a different time of year. Thanks heaps Karen.

Caren and Ian 27th-30th August 2023

We really enjoyed our few days in this lovely "peedie" hideway. So nice to have a break from the internet, TV and daily life to focus on nature and hopefully improving my camera skills. Thanks Karen x

Saud and Emma 14-16th August 2023

Surreal, beautiful cottage with idyllic views. So peaceful and quiet up here. We never thought we'd be staying at such a beautiful scenic cottage in the Highlands. We have experienced such warm hospitality from such a talented warm soul. We know that the Scottish tradition is pleasing and needs more recognition. It was a lovely stay at your cottage and everything was perfect. I loved our breakfasts, the rainy morning and the most comfortable bed! I also enjoyed your books. Thank you so much!!

Liz 11-13th August 2023 (review from AirBnb)

Staying at the Drey was idyllic. The countryside that surrounds the cabin is picturesque, with birds tweeting and cows grazing nearby. The cabin itself is very cozy and extremely comfortable, with everything we needed. We ate the porridge and drank tea Karen provided, and really appreciated the firm bed. We ran into Karen on the morning we were leaving and had a lovely chat, and she gave us some recommendations for the next leg of our trip. The cabin location is perfect, outside the town of Inverness but a short drive into town for everything you need. Cannot recommend highly enough

Sirpa and Lasse 7 -10 August 2023

We enjoyed Squirrel Therapy and staying in the cosy and beautifully decorated The Drey. We'd like to come again!

Kendal and Heather 27th-30th July 2023

Thanks so much for having us Karen! We've had such a lovely time here at The Drey. It's been the perfect base for Belladrum - we've had a ball!  Hope to be back to properly explore sometime soon.

David and Margaret 18th-21st July2023

Ditto our comments of July 26-29th 2021! Still a fabulous little retreat and thank you heaps Karen for fitting us in at such short notice. Your squirrels were almost a life-saver when Chanonry's dolphins were, themselves, on holiday!

Jonny and Erin 13-18th July 2023

Couldn't have asked for more! Lovely cosy stay in a beautiful area. Cabin was very comfortable and fully equipped for all we needed. Would happily recommend to all. Thanks Karen!

Dave and Cindy Smith 20th-23rd June 2023

A lovely and comfortable cabin - it felt like glamping! So beautifully quiet and far from the madding crowd. Trips to Fort George, Findhorn and Glen Affric were all quirky and wonderful. Revisiting some places after 50 years, and discovering new ones. A terrific 3 day holiday.

Mike and Inci June 2023

Thanks for a lovely stay and two fantastic days of photography. The "squirrel therapy" worked a treat and we are leaving feeling relaxed, uplifted and full of new knowledge about Scotland's wildlife and how to photograph it. The cabin was also very comfortable with everything we needed and a great mattress. Maybe see you for some winter shooting.

Ian and Marion 12th-14th June

What a wonderful place! The Drey has been the perfect place for us. It is deceptively spacious, with all we needed (comfy bed and chairs, lovely shower, fridge and lots of electrical sockets for recharging stuff), while without superfluous things like a TV to clutter it. It was lovely and quiet with superb views over to the sea. Marion took many sunset pictures! Marion had an amazing time watching and photographing the squirrels under Karen's expert guidance. The location of The Drey is convenient for so many other activities. I enjoyed walking the two trails at Reelig Glen while Marion was "squirreling". We also squeezed in an afternoon at Chanonry Point watching the dolphins which we thoroughly recommend. Thank you Karen for creating such a lovely Highland retreat.

Alison and Crawford 24th - 26th May

We had a wonderful time staying in The Drey. A perfect get away cabin with everything you could need. Thanks so much to Karen for sharing her love of squirrels with us. We had an amazing morning watching and photographing all the wee characters. To top off the day we saw two badgers feeding in her garden - thanks Karen!

Cora 7th-16th May 2023 (return guest)

The Drey has everything, cosy, snug, great bed, warm duvet. Wildlife in abundance. Loved our talks, your advice and tips. You are a great guide and always go the extra mile.

Alison and Ian April 2023

Thank you for a wonderful stay. We loved seeing the red squirrels and the badger! Such a wonderful spot and lovely cabin. We'll be back for the cresties next year hopefully.

Regan and Lauren April 2023

Great little stay away in a beautiful cabin. Stunning area. Thank you, we will be back!

Leyka 6th-8th April 2023

The perfect get-a-way from the city. Just what I needed, and more!

Vivienne 22nd-26 Mar 2023 (squirrel therapy)

What a great stay! The squirrels and red deer were incredible and The Frey was such a cute and safe place to stay. I loved all the views! Already can't wait to return!

Carolyne 7th - 10th Feb 2023 (squirrel therapy)

Absolutely loved my stay doing Squirrel Therapy. Coop and Alfie [red squirrels] were adorable and posed beautifully. The Drey is amazing - comfortable and cosy.  I will be back. Keep up the good work. Thank you!

Adele - 25th Jan - 5th Feb 2023 (winter wildlife booking, then stayed on)

Thanks so much for everything Karen. The Drey has been such a nice place to spend time. Very comfortable, nice view and well supplied. I just love all of the sweet red squirrels everywhere. The guided photography was wonderful. So glad we went out to photograph the mountain hares in particular, it was a very special experience.

Sophia - 21st - 25th January 2023 (winter wildlife booking)

Many thanks Karen for a great few days away. I enjoyed the peace of The Drey and it was very comfortable. Your guiding was excellent and I hope to be taking away some photos of the animals we saw - mountain hares, squirrels, cresties, deer and the ever cute voles. 

Gill & Frank - 26-8th November 2022 (crested tit session)

Thanks for everything Karen - brilliant time!

Andrea - 24 -29 October 2022

Beautiful cabin, very well maintained and was kept extremely tidy and clean. Very thoughtful and helpful host - Thanks Karen!  Was touched by the gestures such as keeping the heating on before my time of arrival. Beautiful and easily accessible location [Andrea came by and used public transport during her stay]. Enjoyed my stay, waking up to nature. Would definitely love to make another visit and without doubt recommend to anyone travelling to this region. Thanks again!  Also loved the fact the cabin has books and board games - nice touch!

Danny and Kiki 18 - 20th August 2022

Thanks for a really lovely stay at your place. We hope to come back one day

Robbie and Sandy 12-14th August 2022

Thank you for a wonderful stay at The Drey. Such a peaceful and tranquil escape from London. We were super lucky with the weather too!

Trish 2-5 August 2022 (wildlife guiding days)

Thank you Karen for an amazing experience. Loved my workshops. You're so knowledgeable re photography and wildlife. Convinced you had eyes on the back of your head the way you spotted everything. Loved the squirrels, dolphins and dragonflies. The Drey is fab and love the "real" houseplants - nice touch.

Debbie & Lynda 28 - 30 July 2022

Two best friends on another Scottish road trip. Fab wee stay at The Drey and will definitely recommend and return when back up this way.

Emma 22-24 July 2022

What a great wee place to stay! So peaceful, I wish I could stay longer - would have loved to see the badgers! Thank you!

Margaret 4-9th July 2022 (wildlife guiding days)

I may be a little in love with both The Drey and red squirrels! Great place to stay, and fabulous wee creatures. Thank you for the experience! I hope to be back

Zoe & Mark 17-19th June 2022

Karen, The Drey is just fab!! What a brilliant idea and I am so happy for you that it worked out as you had planned! We loved the comfort, the style and the attention to detail. It was a pleasure to spend time with your squirrels in such a natural setting. Thank you for your tips and for helping me to get those different shots I was hoping for.  See you next time!

Heather 12-15 June 2022

Another return visit to The Drey which never fails to impress. Spacious, comfortable and so well thought out. Thanks so much for your hospitality.

Owen 23-25 May 2022

What can I say. Had a wonderful stay at the cosy and comfy Drey. Even had a bed long enough that my feet didn't stick out the bottom! The photography workshop was fantastic and it was great to meet all your furry friends. Great guide with loads of knowledge on the local wildlife and more.

Jane 1-4 May 2022

Fabulous stay in the cabin, really comfortable with everything needed for my stay. Absolutely loved the squirrels and have some great photos. Lots of other really useful tips to help my photography. Pity the dolphins didn't put on a show, but I'll be back!!

Hannah & Tom 22-24 April 2022

Thank you for a wonderful stay Karen. I really enjoyed the guiding experience and my heart is so full after seeing and photographing both red squirrels and mountain hare!  I count myself very lucky and thank you for sharing them with me. And the cabin is wonderful too! Thank you on all accounts.

Kate & Ed 11-14th April 2022

Thank you for a really lovely stay! it was great to finally meet your squirrel squad - look forward to returning and spending more time with them.

Colin & Linda 29 March - 2 April 2022

5 star stay. Thank you

Liz & Sarah 10-13 March 2022  (Squirrel Therapy booking)

Three day of "Squirrel Therapy" has worked, we are returning home very refreshed and relaxed. Thank you Karen for looking after us and introducing us to your red squirrel family, as well as the cresties, snow buntings and long-tailed tits. Well thought out workshop, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Ruth & Christopher 12-15 Feb 2022  (Squirrel Therapy booking)

Thank you for a great stay and introducing us to "Patty" and her friends as well as the deer with the snow we ordered! The Drey is a perfect, very comfortable base for the area.

Liz & Debs 1-4 Feb 2022  (Squirrel Therapy booking)

Thanks for a wonderful stay, Karen. We've had all the weather and been snug in The Drey through snow, wind and rain. It has been wonderful to have had time getting to know the squirrels with you as our guide. Also to go further afield to see the deer. Thank you!

Chris and Paul Wray 16-20 December 2021 (Squirrel Therapy booking)

Had a wonderful time on the squirrel therapy, the squirrels showed well and posed perfectly. We both got some great images and video. Karen's very welcoming and helpful. Thanks for sharing your furry friends with us. Hoping to return in 2022.

Alison and David 2-5 December 2021

Lovely, comfortable cabin and a great location for getting out and about

Heather 28-30 November 2021

Yet again, a lovely relaxed stay in the superb Drey. Thank you!

Wendy 8-10 November 2021

Wow! Karen, I have really enjoyed my stay in your beautiful Drey. Thank you for your guidance with the use of my camera, I have learned so much. This is due to your teaching skills. I am happy and proud of my pictures - the best I have even taken. Thank you for introducing me to your squirrel family. They are delightful. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Hans & Philomene 21-27 October 2021

A nice and quiet place for a stay of 6 days. A beautiful cabin, very comfortable. I loved the workshop and take home some nice memories and beautiful pictures of the squirrels.  Karen, thank you!!

Linda 17-20 October 2021 ("Squirrel Therapy" workshop resident)

Lovely, relaxing 3 days spent here - cabin is so comfortable and the squirrels superb! Thank you!

The McCourts 11-14 October 2021

Thank you Karen for another lovely stay. It was wonderful to revisit the squirrels.

Ally 24-27 September 2021

Thank you Karen! The Drey has been a perfect stress-free bolthole from "high octane" classical music concerts in Strathpeffer this weekend. I've been extremely comfortable - and there's way more space than I anticipated.  I even had breakfast OUTSIDE on Sunday in the sunshine.  Hope to be back again.

Kay 19-21 September 2021 

The Drey's absolutely wonderful. Karen thank you for making me feel so welcome. Everything you need is in The Drey. Super comfy.  The photography workshops were fabulous. I learned a lot of new tips and my time with "your red squirrels" was a delight. Thank you so much.

Chris 6-12 September 2021

Thank you Karen. I have absolutely loved my stay here at The Drey.  It's perfect and you've been a wonderful host. The workshops have been fantastic and I've learnt such a lot, so thank you. Oh, and your squirrels are a delight.

Gill 3-6 September 2021

Thank you Karen - it was magical and the cabin is perfect.  I'll be back to see the badgers!!!

Kath & Charlie 23-25 August 2021

Thank you Karen. The Drey is a wonderful relaxing place to stay. We thoroughly enjoyed the squirrel workshop. We will most definitely be back x

Neil & Sarah 16-18 August 2021

Lovely location, great and peaceful. Will be back!

David & Margaret 26-29 July 2021

Thank you Karen - a fabulous little retreat from life's daily grind. Anywhere that has bunnies can only be good!

Andy 18-21 July 2021 

LOVED!! my time here. Great space and the workshop was fabulous. So many squirrels and dolphins

Heather 2-5 July 2021

What a lovely cabin. So well equipped and welcoming. Thank you.

The McCourts 4-6 June 2021

The Drey is a lovely space to spend time away. Very comfortable and relaxing. Spending time with the red squirrels was the best.  Thank you very much Karen.



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