Team GLM journeyed up to John O’ Groats, the UK’s most northerly tip and home to our luxury holiday cottage redevelopment, to witness the Olympic Torch flame relay. A crowd of over 2000 people gathered just beside the Natural Retreats timber clad cottages to welcome the torch in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics.
The event was arranged by the official organisers of the Olympics to give the people in Caithness (and the local economy) the opportunity to celebrate this year’s biggest sporting event. The event kicked off with a parade led by the Caithness Junior Pipe Band (as you can view below) followed by the two torchbearers, Andrew Sinclair and Louis MacKinnon, lighting the torch in front of a very excited crowd of cheering people.
While up in John O’ Groats, team GLM had the opportunity to view the site progression since the construction of the self-catering cottages commenced nearly 2 years ago at this scenic tourist village. In less than 2 months, GLM will proudly deliver to Natural Retreats the first phase of the ambitious redevelopment of John O’ Groats comprising of 23 timber clad, luxury holiday residences, Storehouse and Outfitters.
After visiting the castle of Mey, dining with the extended Natural Retreats Design Team, and taking advantage of the areas outdoors activities, Ian had one last brilliant idea. Our final stop of the weekend was at the Balblair Distillery for a lesson on the art of whiskey production. After a whiskey history lecture, a guided tour and of course a taste test – we were back on the road to Edinburgh with a weekend full of events, fun, team bonding and memories behind us.