Eagle Brae is the realisation of a dream, years of planning, hard work and investment for owners Mike and Pawana Spencer-Nairn.
Mike, whose family is originally from Scotland, was raised in Jersey, in the Channel Islands. After travelling to the Himalayan regions of India a couple of times, he fell in love with more than just the area. It was here that he met Pawana (pronounced Pubna) in her home village in Himachal Pradesh state – between Kashmir and Nepal – where her family run a guesthouse. A love story for the ages, they soon got married and set up home in Jersey, where their children Rowan and Ishbel were born. In 2005, Mike and Pawana left their Jersey home to fulfil their dream of creating the ultimate self-catering holiday experience in the Scottish Highlands.
Eagle Brae is set on an 8,000 acre Estate in Struy, Inverness-shire, which has been in Mike’s family since the 1930s. Today Mike and Pawana have made this breathtaking corner of the world a one-of-a-kind Highland getaway. Instead of your usual run-of-the-mill holiday chalets, everything from the logs to the linen has been lovingly hand-made and the family’s ties with the Himalayas can be seen throughout. It’s a place where guests are free to indulge in the privacy of their own cabins or take part in the wonderful activities at Eagle Brae.
Committed to creating a friendly, personal atmosphere, Mike and Pawana – together with their amazing team and enormous but friendly Bernese mountain dog Kyla – look forward to personally welcoming you to Eagle Brae.
Mike is Eagle Brae’s daddy! He loves his topi (Himalayan hat) and driving the Eagle Brae tuktuk, he does not like white plastic and wonky pictures. He cooks most of the Eagle Brae prepared meals and runs the office together with Ian. He’s constantly hatching plans for you all on how to make Eagle Brae better and better so you’re in good hands.
Pawana (pronounced Pub-na) is the queen of Eagle Brae. She has the most mis-pronounced name in the Highlands: Poomba, Padwana, Pubwana, Pa-wa-na, Pawanda, Poobna and even Pam to name a few! Pawana’s No.1 duty is making sure all the guests are happy and she has by far and a way the most infectious laugh at Eagle Brae.
Kyla, a Bernese Mountain dog is Eagle Brae’s canine employee. She does the rounds and charms all the guests through the French windows. She’s constantly flirting with waistline problems so guests are encouraged to try and resist her charm. She’s an expert at knowing who’s cooking what and she’s not fussy! Kyla is very friendly and is easily the most popular employee at Eagle Brae.
Kirstie is a star housekeeper who has been here since just after we opened. She lives locally in Struy and loves guineapigs, white wine, sausage dogs and tidy guests! Kirstie is a persecutor of tumbleweeds, dog hairs and cobwebs so all our cabins can sparkle for you every time. She is in charge of housekeeping and laundry.
Colin was one of the joiners who built Eagle Brae so he’s been here since before the start. He’s the only member of the team who lives on site so he’s in charge of the day to day running of your cabin. Colin loves telling stories and guests love Colin’s stories. He loves bacon, Tennents and bacon, he doesn’t like noisy ducks at 5am. If you have a problem at Eagle Brae, the chances are it will be Colin that fixes it for you.
Barnaby, Billy and Bhakra have been at Eagle Brae since before we opened. They were originally purchased as eco strimmers but have yet to go on the turf roofs. So now they earn their keep charming Eagle Brae guests. Bhakra is the naughtiest, Barnaby is the biggest, and Billy is the shyest and doesn’t like men! They love eating roses and chrysanthemums!
Ian is from Ireland and joined Eagle Brae in 2016 but he has been stalking Eagle Brae for years! Ian has lived in Williams Lake BC where the cabins were made, he has been to Pawana’s home valley in the Himalayas and so next stop Eagle Brae was his destiny. Ian works in the office 5 days a week and he plies his Irish charm and banter liberally around reception. You are unlikely to visit Eagle Brae without being Ianed.
Greg is the only true local from Strathglass in the Eagle Brae team so no-one messes with Greg! He is in charge of all the animals, the outdoor activities and the estate. Greg loves Irn Bru, ATVs and laughing, Greg does not like foxes. If you book clay pigeon shooting, fishing, black grouse safari, stalking or camera stalking it will Greg who takes you out. No-one knows the hills and the rivers as well as Greg.