A beautiful, wildlife filled garden nursery and tearoom hidden away in the Scottish Highlands.
I have been lucky enough to visit the Highlands of Scotland many times, in fact, it is probably my favourite place in the UK. One place that I always have to go and visit when I am here, is the Inshriach Nursery and Potting Shed Tearoom, near Aviemore.
First opened in 1938, Inshriach Nursery is the sort of place you can wander about and lose all sense of time. Both the gardens and plant nursery are informally set out with hardier plants set out side in open beds and the more delicate and younger plants in lovely old greenhouses. The garden is set around a meandering stream, with winding paths inbetween the planting. The path rambles off through some trees towards picnic tables overlooking the pond.
Hidden inbetween the greenhouses is The Potting Shed Tearoom. Its an unassuming building, but don’t be fooled. Inside you will find some of the best cake you have ever tasted plus a large glass window for watching birds and squirrels right outside. The baking is not your average British Tearoom offerings. These are Norwegian influenced cakes, with light, moist sponge sandwiched with cream and rich fillings. Flavours include Apple, Peanut, Strawberry, Gooseberry and my favourite, Lindt chocolate! They always do a selection of wheat free cakes too. Hot drinks come in the form of a wide selection of teas and cafetieres of coffee, all served in mismatched china by cheerful and friendly staff. Outside is possibly the most elaborate array of bird feeders you are likely to find! It is fascinating watching the birds and red squirrels feed so close!
Just getting to Inshriach is an experience. From the skiing town of Aviemore you drive towards the Cairngorms and turn off onto the B970 at Rothiemurchus (also recommended!). The road twists and turns through the Inshriach Forest, with beautiful views over the valley. All in all, I highly recommend a visit!