Monday, December 15, 2014

Snow arrives in the Highlands.

Snow fell over the weekend making Loch Ness very picturesque.The birds need extra feeding. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

First snow of Winter

The first snow this Winter fell over the weekend and covered the higher ground. All the ski resorts in the Highlands have a good covering which is good for the sporty people who enjoy going out in cold temperatures. More snow is forecast and strong winds for Scotland. Photos to follow.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Life in the leaves

Most of the leaves have now fallen off the trees in Farigaig Forest making a colourful carpet on the ground. The Jays are regularly spotted pecking at the leaves and chucking them about in their search for acorns, their favourite food. They also make a guest appearance on local bird tables and will eat any bird food put out. They are very colourful when they fly away usually accompanied by a shrill calling sound.

The red squirrels are often seen dashing about in the woods searching for any left over berries, hazel and beech nuts lying on the ground. They have now grown their winter ear tufts ready for the cold weather ahead.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just William

Friends were recently taking the previous walk mentioned [Camerons Cottage to Whitebridge walk] and had not gone far when they were surprised to see a very large wild black goat in the middle of the path. As they got nearer the goat casually jumped over the low wall and in to the shrubbery beyond where it continued eating. They could get quite near the animal and were amazed at the size of his horns which were at least 2 feet long. A local came by with his dogs and told us the goat was a local too and was known by the affectionate name of William....much posher than Billy! He has often had to shoo it out of his and his neighbours gardens....a brave man. He has also seen William with his harem of lady goats and young kids. This is when it is extremely wise to avoid getting too close as William will charge at any dog while protecting his family.On the return trip to Camerons the goat was standing in the centre of the path munching away, it was lunch time. Being a bit wary of the beast and the size of the long sharp horns they waited patiently until it had moved along and round to the right hand path leading down to the River Foyers. Sadly they had no camera but will be going again ready for action to take photos and maybe a video of this wonderful wild animal.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Walk from Camerons Cottage to Whitebridge.

Another local walk with photos sent in by our guests......thanks.
Leave Camerons Cottage, turn left along the farm track and walk to the road. Turn right and walk up the hill for a very short distance and take then next left turn along a lane passing several small cottages.

Stand on the wee bridge and take a look at the River Foyers plunging into the Lower Foyers Waterfall.
Carry on walking along the farm track, looking back at Camerons Cottage in the distance.

Go through the forest until you reach a metal gate. Here you can either stop for a breather and walk back, or, for a longer walk, go round the gate and carry along the track. There is livestock in the fields so a dog must be kept on a lead. A perfect walk for all dog lovers.
After a pleasant easy stroll the path runs beside the River Foyers again and the views are quite magnificent.

The path takes you through the Dell Estate and eventually to the small hamlet of Whitebridge where there is a welcome Hotel/Pub for refreshments.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day out at Loch Ruthven

Guests recently enjoyed a wonderful sunny Autumn day out at RSPB Loch Ruthven, a short pleasant drive from Camerons Cottage. They kindly sent in their photos to encourage other guests to visit.
This loch is the most important Spring breeding site in the UK for the rare Slavonian Grebe. Walk by the side of the loch and sit in the bird hide for closer observation and photos.In Spring and Summer keep an eye out for other bird species and the amazing diving ospreys.

For more information on Loch Ruthven.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Walk to the 'wee pond' from Camerons Cottage

Guests staying at Camerons Cottage recently enjoyed a walk through Farigaig Forest to the 'wee pond' and kindly sent in their photos. This is one of the many walks you can enjoy from the cottage.

From Camerons Cottage turn right along the farm track and then left along the marked path up into Farigaig Forest. Pass Easter Boleskine wetlands pond and admire the panoramic view overlooking Loch Ness. Walk through the forest to the small peaceful tree circled loch 'Lochan Torr an Tuill',also known as the 'wee pond' by locals,and rest on the picnic bench to soak up the view. On a clear day the reflections are wonderful. Lately the forestry have been clearing trees, making the area seem brighter and the water lilies are now reappearing. 

Continue walking up to the high view point overlooking the white cottages of Inverfarigaig village.Then stroll down along the forest track and turn right down to Farigaig Pier jutting out on to Loch Ness. Carry on the forest track to access Loch Ness beach and rest on the chairs provided. 
Keep going along the forest track to Foyers and home to Camerons.

The end of their day was completed with a stunning sunset disappearing on the hazy fields.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Loch Ness Lifeboat rescue

The Loch Ness RNLI operates a very important rescue boat on the unpredictable deep waters of Loch Ness which rarely gets above 5C at any time during the year. We get emails of their rescues as in the following report received today.  

'Injured dog and owner rescued after holiday plunge.
Dog falls 30 feet onto rocky beach which prompts Loch Ness Lifeboat rescue.

Badly injured dog rescued after rock plunge on Loch Ness.
English Bull Terrier “Stan” fell 30ft down onto a rocky shoreline whilst out on a walk with his owner, Ricky Simpson.
Ricky was able to clamber down to be with Stan as Ricky’s partner called the Coastguard.
Volunteers Howie Whyte, Joy Cameron and Garry MacLeod from the Drumnadrochit based RNLI took the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, Colin James Daniel to the scene and were able to extract both dog and owner and take them to Foyers pier.
The holiday makers were then cared for by Dave (aka Swampy), skipper of the Ros Crana Barge.
Stan was then taken to vets in Inverness who were planning to operate on the dog who had a broken rear leg and suspected internal injuries.
The three RNLI volunteers who were operational on this “Shout” have all been trained in Flood Rescue techniques, some of which were utilised during this rescue.
A video of the "shout" can be viewed below.
The incident happened on at approximately 10am on Wednesday 15th October.
We have been in touch with the dog's owner and it appears, after some detailed surgery and the fitting of a plate to Stan's leg, that the situation is looking more positive for the much loved family pet.'

Martin Douglas
Crew Member/Lifeboat Press Officer
Loch Ness Lifeboat
Contact 07788 414 254

For more information on the Loch Ness RNLI.