Literally the middle of nowhere

Jane and I were looking online to see where we might spend a couple of nights this week. So we checked out the Visit Scotland website for accommodation in the Highlands.


We found a nice place called Braelangwell House on The Black Isle, clicked on the “Location/Map” button and were faced with this sorry excuse for a map:

A map, showing a box in the middle of nowhere

What possible use is that?!

(What is perhaps even worse is that on my main PC I can’t even see the map, in Firefox, IE or Opera! The site is telling me that I don’t have JavaScript enabled. I clearly do! Some terrible scripting there methinks.)

Getting there

So instead we turned to the “Getting there” page. It offered two options:

  • Getting there from the Information Centre
  • Getting there by Aeroplane

We’d want to get there by car … and not from the Information Centre (wherever that is!!).

We’ve booked elsewhere.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

2 thoughts on “Literally the middle of nowhere”

  1. I don’t know when you posted this but I agree that Visit Scotland didn’t do the owners of Braelangwell any favours. In fact, ever since Visit Scotland redesigned its website, Ronnie and Laura Strange’s bookings fell drastically to a trickle. So much so that the house was advertisied for sale at £1.2 million earlier this year.
    Ronnie and Laura used to let a B&B in the garden of their former home in Worth Matravers, Dorset. My wife and I found it by accident one day and were entranced. When they sold up and moved to the Black Isle we were among the first guests who stayed with them.
    The house is a superb 8 bedroom Georgian mansion, formerly owned by the Horlicks family, and before them, the Urquharts. It is set in large grounds, containing an expanse of ancient woodland. They really know how to look after you and the rooms that they let are of superb proportions with ceilings at least 10 or twelve feet high (well, that’s how I remember them – I stand to be corrected).
    The map was useless – as a geographer it fails miserably by not showing directions to the nearest large settlements (it should have referenced Inverness and Cromarty) and the Cromarty Firth should have been labelled.
    If they are still taking bookings it would be well worth your while going for a visit.

  2. Thanks Reg. The house sounds lovely.

    We used Visit Scotland when we had a holiday cottage.

    We got only one booking through them in nearly two years. The guests trashed the house which was absolutely no fault of Visit Scotland, just unfortunate.

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