Sunday dawned with a beautiful crisp clear blue sky as forecast so we packed a picnic and drove to Glen Affric via Inverness, alongside the Beauly Firth and turned off down Strathglass to the village of Cannich. From here we followed a single track road passing through amazing scenery and looking down on deep river gorges for about 8 miles to the car park at the end of Glen Affric. Had a lovely relaxing walk by the river and into one of the oldest Caledonian Forests in Scotland where we were very fortunate to see a male and female Scottish Crossbill, the only truly native species of the UK and a bird confined only to the Highlands of Scotland....our first exciting sighting of this quite elusive bird.
The scenery all around us was just stunning with snow on the mountain tops and the River Affric was gushing along after all the recent rain. After our walk we drove back along the road for a few miles to a new picnic site we had spotted earlier and enjoyed our lunch beside a very peaceful loch. This day trip is about 55 miles from Aspenwood Cottage on Loch Ness and took us about one and a half hours to get to Glen Affric on a very pleasant run. So sit back and enjoy some of the scenes we saw.....
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Just returned from a few days break in Edinburgh.Visited the castle on a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed many pleasant relaxing strolls round the city with some lovely meals out in the evenings.
We had previously booked online to see the new arrivals at Edinburgh Zoo...the two pandas from China. It was amazing to watch them close up as they methodically munched their way through their bamboo breakfast.There is a panda movie soon so watch this space.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
The weather forecast was right and the snow came on cue at 9.30 Monday evening and continued for most of the night. On Tuesday morning we did not have any in the area around the house but it was on the higher ground opposite and covered the mountains. During the day the temperature rose slightly and it began to melt at lower levels. Cairngorms had a good foot of snow and the ski centres were very busy. In the early evening the dark clouds vanished and the sun shone brightly in the blue sky........brilliant.
Happy Easter everyone.
Monday, April 02, 2012
The Osprey Centre at Loch Garten is not far from the bustling village of Aviemore, a pleasant journey of about 45 miles from Aspenwood.
This nature reserve is not only important for ospreys. The rare native pinewoods are home to some of Scotland’ s rarest wildlife including scottish crossbills, crested tits, otters, pine martens and red squirrels. You can also stroll along the various forest walks and gaze across beautiful Loch Garten.
From our house we have seen ospreys flying overhead and hovering over Loch Ness and even diving into the water so we will wait and watch with great anticipation.
Snow is forecast for this evening so we hope they have built a really snug nest.