Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring at last

The snow melt and heavy rain caused Loch Ness to become very high. Lower Foyers river burst its banks both sides as well as many other rivers in the area. Loch Oich had trouble with a weir collapsing and breaching the Caledonian Canal and repair work will take a lot of money and time. Large boulders came loose and blocked the A82 causing this main road between Inverness and Fort William to be closed for repair all weekend.....nice and quiet for us. Today the weather is beautiful and the sun is shining and the sky is blue......real Spring like and hopefully the worst is now behind us.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Skiing in the Highlands

The five ski centres in the Scottish Highlands - Glencoe, Nevis Range, Lecht, Glenshee and CairnGorm are doing bumper business due to the very snowy conditions during January and into February. It snowed overnight even at lower levels and it is still snowing now.
Check out the Winterhighland site for more detailed info on the ski centres.

CairnGorm near Aviemore is always a good day trip with plenty to see and do. Take an exciting journey on the funicular railway to the top.



Watch the fun on the slopes and check out the restaurants and shops.



Take the trip back down on the funicular to the car park.

Friday, February 06, 2015

February snow scenes.

The month of February started with constant snow showers and very cold temperatures. The snow is still laying here in Upper Foyers although it has disappeared in villages nearer Loch Ness .. maybe being nearer the water is warmer. Temperatures are due to rise this coming week so hopefully the worst is all behind us and we can look forward to Spring.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Camerons Tea Room on 'Countryfile' TV 25th Jan.

Be sure to watch Countryfile this Sunday, January 25th...BBC 1 at 18.30 pm when they celebrate Burns Night in the Highlands. 
John Craven and the TV crew pay a visit to Camerons Tea Room for a chat and a spot of haggis home cooking. Watch out for Morag.
Their BBC website states the following:-
'The team are in the Highlands of Scotland following in the footsteps of poet Robert Burns. John Craven is at the Falls of Foyers finding out about the great man's Highland tour. Foyers on the banks of Loch Ness is a stronghold for the elusive red squirrel - John discovers why'. 
'He also visits Killiecrankie, where he meets a fiddle player inspired by the work of a contemporary of Burns, musician Niel Gow. And he discovers how this landscape shaped the first battle of the Jacobite risings.
Ellie Harrison meets world-renowned photographer Colin Prior. Along with a group of local poets, she learns how to take inspiration from the landscape via the lens. She also heads into the Cairngorms where she takes the reins, learning how to drive a pony and carriage.'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Winter arrived this week with a good layer of snow at lower levels around houses and completely covering the mountains around Loch Ness. The temperature dropped and everything became a challenge. In all this the birds needed to be catered for, often in great numbers. The red squirrels uncovered their secret supply of beech and hazel nuts they had hidden during autumn and sat and ate in the snow.
Watch the video from South Loch Ness.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Pine martens in the area

Pine Martens are in the South Loch Ness area. They can be quite bold and enter gardens looking for food and refreshments, even during the daytime.