My visit to the gardens, shops and galleries at Logie Steading in the North of Scotland.
I’m still getting Scotland withdrawal symptoms, so to cheer myself up I am going to share another lovely place I visited, Logie Steading. Located east of Inverness and 6 miles south of the Moray coast, Logie Steading is a small complex of shops and galleries set in the Logie Estate and also offers a gorgeous garden and river walks.
The weather was being typically Scottish when we first arrived (it was raining) so we had a good look around all the shops and galleries. There is a fantastic second hand bookshop, all very organised without taking the out joy of rummaging. The Art Gallery had a wonderfully wide range of items, from painting to sculpture, jewellery and textiles. Diva Designs ahd some of the most colourful and eclectic felted designs I have ever seen. But I think my favourite was Hellygog, a working studio and shop that had only been open a couple of weeks when I visited. Run by a husband and wife team they have their own brilliant work on show but have a growing selection of work by other local crafters and artists. They focus on re-using and recycling but do so in such a way that it doesn’t look ‘recycled’, if you get my drift. They don’t sacrifice quality.
Of course I had to sample what The Olive Tree Cafe had to offer and the tea and cake on offer was delicious! The rest of the menu looked excellent and I particularly like that they separate their homemade soups (all of of which are vegetarian and gluten free) into two categories; spicy and creamy!
The rain had eased to a light drizzle by this point so we ventured off into the house gardens. What a lovely surprise it turned out to be. Recently renovated, it was obvious that a lot of hard work goes into the walled garden and the more traditional landscaped lawn area. And they had lots of my favourite alliums in flower! And yes, that is me hugging a large tree. Photo credit: My Dad.
Finally we visited the farm and garden shop to buy some cheese for later and we just had to buy a souvenir plant to take back for my parents garden. Despite the rainy, grey weather visiting Logie Steading was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.