This is taking up the subject of KIA Retreat 2012 discussed in KIA Retreat Summer 2012. After not seeing many responses to this idea so far I think it might be useful to assume this retreat may happen later this year, therefore not necessarily during the summer. I would like to suggest Foyers by Loch Ness as the place to host our meeting.
Foyers has its own magical history including nearby Boleskine House owned once by A.Crowley. Apart form this it’s simply a wonderful little village located by river Foyers and amazing Falls of Foyers falling 100f into the river carved gorge. The views for the loch are also beautiful and there is an access to the loch in Lower Foyers. There is a lot of nice wood walks and a trail along the shores of loch Ness. Little cafe in Upper Foyers serves lovely scrambled eggs with smoked salmon amongst other things, and not bad coffee too.
I made a short video from the last time I was there with Anton. It should give you an idea about this place:
Here is the poem about the Falls of Foyers by Robert Burns:
Among the heathy hills and ragged woods
The roaring Foyers pours his mossy floods;
Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds,
Where, through a shapeless breach, his stream resounds,
As high in air the bursting torrents flow,
As deep-recoiling surges foam below,
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends,
And viewless Echo’s ear, astonish’d rends.
Dim seen, through rising mists and ceaseless showers,
The hoary cavern, wide-surrounding, lowers.
Still, through the gap the struggling river toils,
And still, below, the horrid cauldron boils.
I am sure this is convincing enough to everybody so I looked up some self catering accommodation offers in Foyers.
Here are our options:
Lodges on Loch Ness in upper Foyers.
Self catering lodges sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms two double and one twin bedroom. The website mentions hot tubs and heated veranda in each lodge. Price for September and October is lodges that sleep 6 people. £625 for a short break 3 nights arriving Friday and leaving Monday morning per lodge. The price drops to £545 in November. The deposit of £200 has to be paid and details of each occupant must be given 6 weeks before arrival . Here is their website for more information:
Situated on Glenlia Farm sleeps up to 5/6 people and it has benefit of a wood burning stove. There are also Highland cattle on the farm Usually rented on weekly basis at price varying between £395 -£645 but shorter breaks may be available and we could get a quote via email or a phone.
Foyers Bay Lodges.
Lodges located on the grounds of Foyers Bay House in Lower Foyers. They can accommodate 4 adults, price include breakfast and there is a possibility of ordering a dinner in the hotel restaurant. Lodges are rented per night at a price of £120 in Sept-Oct and £100 in November. The minimum stay is 2 nights which could be an advantage.
This one could be good if more of us would like to go. It can accommodate up to 23 people and minimum group is 16. House has 12 bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, library and drawing room.
The price per week for group of 16 from September on is £2100 and for 23 people £2600 but shorter breaks are available.
Well, I’m looking forward hearing from you all. Who’s up for it?