Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Shut that Door !

The sets of double doors are now being fitted on the Tea Room. They are reclaimed doors originally from Fort Augustus Abbey and blend in very well with the ambience required of the building.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Weather to please eveybody

Since the start of December we have had a real variety of weather patterns and each day has thrown up something new. Last week we experienced very strong gale force winds causing many trees to come down on electricity pylons in the surrounding area and beyond. Needless to say we all experienced a power cut for just over 24 hours but we were able to give our guests staying in Camerons Cottage a special 'Power Cut Kit' and, along with this and the wood burning stove, they were more than happy. They accepted the situation and secretly enjoyed the experience. We also had snow although it didn't lay for long. After that episode we had temperatures climb into double figures and it was also warm at night causing a beautiful pink sky in the mornings.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Squirrels getting ready for winter

The weather has been a lot colder this week with a dusting of snow settling on the mountains around Loch Ness and also on lower ground for a short while. The native red squirrels in the surrounding woodlands are preparing for the cold winter weather ahead. The red squirrel sheds its coat twice a year, switching from a thinner summer coat to a thicker, darker winter coat for extra warmth. At this time of year the red squirrels also displays striking ear tufts - a prominent distinguishing feature of this species - which can be between 2 – 3.5 cms long and give them their appealing appearance.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Highland cattle on your doorstep.

While staying at Camerons Cottage in the Highlands take full advantage of the unique area surrounding you. Sit outside at the table and chairs provided and watch the herd of Highland cattle drink from the nearby pond and feed on the lush grass. They are curious about you as well and will often come very close to the cottage fence!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Autumn colours

Beautiful colours of Autumn showing on the trees and foliage everywhere now. 
Loch Ness looks particularly stunning and the panoramic view from Dores beach is amazing. Autumn is truly a beautiful time of the year to visit the Highlands.


Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Joists completed

The joists have now been completed on the structure of the Tea Rooms and Farm Shop on Glenlia Farm.......lots of wood and hard work but luckily the weather remained fair enabling Andrew and a colleague to finish the job on time.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Work on the Tea Rooms & Farm Shop

More work continuing on the Tea Room and Farm Shop development.

The cement mixer arrives and pours the cement into the solum.....the area of ground under the floor of a building. Then it is all hands at work with rakes to quickly smooth out the mixture evenly.

Finished at last and now the actual structure can soon be started.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Fort Augustus

For a good day out from Camerons Cottage take a scenic car trip of about 14 miles to the picturesque village of Fort Augustus. Stop about halfway on your journey at the highest point of the trip known as the Struie - and look at the amazing panoramic view back towards Inverness.
Continue on the road down to Loch Tarff....used for one of the famous scenes from the film 'Local Hero' and drive alongside the loch.
Enter the village of Fort Augustus, park in the car park and stroll along to the Caledonian Canal.
Walk up the steps by the side of the Caledonian Canal and cross over on the lock gates to get a superb view of the canal opening out on to Loch Ness.
You could continue walking up to the top of the canal passing all the lock gates and stroll along the banks of the canal for some way. After a good walk return to the swing bridge and cross over the road. Walk down towards Loch Ness and watch the pleasure boats returning laden with happy passengers.

A very good day out with plenty of places to eat and drink.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Loch Ness Marathon 2013

The popular Loch Ness Marathon was run from the village of Whitebridge to the city of Inverness today. There was a very good field of runners donating to a wide variety of charities. Morag Cameron -  the owner of Camerons Cottage completed the course.
Well done everybody who took part.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Growing up

The building of the Tea Room and Farm Shop in the far field is progressing well and on schedule. The animals on the farm do not seem to mind the on going work at all and continue munching away. The weather has been fair and warm with very little rain.

Rummy- the working horse from the Isle of happily retired

Pipa the calf was born on the farm in June with mum Iris

Still wary of strangers

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Young roe deer

Roe deer with their young can often be seen in the fields by the cottage and in the surrounding area. The mothers are very protective of their offspring and are very aware of every noise....even the click of a camera lens.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Foundations laid for Tea Rooms

The foundations of the new Tea Rooms and Farm Shop for Glenlia Farm have been laid and we can now see the outline of the building. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wildlife update

The pheasant chicks are now nearly as big as their mother and are going their separate ways, although this one still seems to think it is still entitled to join the birds at feeding time much to their astonishment. A good hatch of greenfinches this year and the juvenile woodpecker is fending for himself. Swallows are still zooming around and seem reluctant to fly home to Africa.
The young deer have grown well but still stay very close to their mother in the surrounding woodland.
The red squirrels are tearing about during the day and some have recently been seen carrying bunches of hazel nuts in their mouths back to their dreys so possibly a second litter is due. The warm weather has helped everything to survive in comfort as well as offering a bumper food harvest in the forest.