Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fire in Boleskine House

Firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze in the west wing of Boleskine House on Loch Ness this afternoon. Almost 60% of the structure has been in flames and not sure of the cause yet......very sad.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Snow around Loch Ness

Snow showers this past week making it very picturesque although quite icy under foot. The mountains around Loch Ness have a good coating of snow and the CairnGorm mountains must be having a good start to the ski and Winter sports season.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

'Bracken' the Roe Deer rehoused

We have recently rehoused a roe deer called 'Bracken' in the field beside Camerons Tea Room and Farm Shop. It is from the Fort Augustus Rare Breeds Park and needed a new home. The deer has a good area to roam in safely and a secure place at night.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wild weather

The weather has even showing off lately after a fairly calm start to the month. Storm Abigail hit during Thursday although we did brave the beach at Dores to look at the amazing swell on Loch Ness. Friday we had sleet and snow flurries so there is a light covering of the white stuff on the mountains surrounding the loch. Temps have plunged and it gets dark earlier.....always cosy to stay in with a wee dram though...Cheers

Sunday, October 25, 2015

First snow of the Autumn

'Parts of the north of Scotland have taken on a distinctly wintry outlook with some of the first major snowfalls of the autumn.
The CairnGorm Mountain resort reported plenty of the white stuff around on Saturday, with snow lying above 2,460ft (750m).
There were also reports of snow falling on the Lecht.
The Met Office said the Highlands could have some more snow on the mountains into the evening and overnight.'
As reported in the local news.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hazel nuts galore

Red squirrels are dashing about up and down the hazel trees with clusters of hazel nuts to either eat or bury.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Summer has arrived........never too late.

Beautiful late Summer weather with clear blue sky and warm, balmy temperatures here at Loch Ness. Wonderful red sky at night and visible star constellations. Warmest part of the U.K.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fruits of the forest

About this time of the year the hazel nuts ripen on the plentiful hazel trees in the area. Great fun to watch the acrobatic red squirrels climb out on a branch as far as they can and grab the hazel nuts. They often retreat to somewhere quieter and either enjoy their feast or bury them for the winter. They also enjoy the nuts of the beech trees. This does not stop them from visiting the various peanut feeders in gardens however.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Dores Bay

Enjoyed a stroll along Dores beach at the eastern end of Loch Ness and saw the Fingal activity barge moored in the bay. Some of the crew and passengers were in the local Dores Inn for refreshments before going back along the loch to Fort Augustus.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Sailing by on Loch Ness

Boats of all different shapes and sizes are enjoying life on the water of famous Loch Ness. The weather has been very changeable and is never boring. Today is rather misty which just adds to the mystery.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Boating life on Loch Ness

The weather has been kinder lately and more boating craft are taking to the water of Loch Ness.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Day out at Nairn beach

Enjoy a good day trip to the seaside resort of Nairn about a one hour car journey away from Camerons Cottage. Lovely sandy beach and a good bracing walk in the sea breeze. Good for families and dogs.

Monday, July 13, 2015

New wildlife in the area around South Loch Ness

The months of June and July are always exciting as we await the arrival of young creatures emerging from the woodland in the south Loch Ness area. They are always accompanied by a very watchful mother usually hovering in the background and allowing them to play and learn.
 Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
 Female pheasant with chicks in baskets !
Juvenile Red Squirrel
Young Roe Deer
Watch the video.....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Day trip to The Black Isle.

Enjoy a good day trip from Camerons Cottage to the Black Isle, about a one hour drive away across the Kessock Bridge north. Take a signposted right turn and journey on to the village of Rosemarkie and visit the Fairy Glen Nature Reserve. Take a leisurely stroll through the woods, alongside the babbling stream, looking at the wonderful wild flowers and listening to the various bird calls, until you reach the Lower Waterfall. A more strenuous climb will take you up to the double Upper Waterfall.

After the walk drive back to Chanonry Point opposite Fort George and sit at the picnic tables for lunch. If you get there as the high tide is just coming in then you may see the pod of Bottlenose Dolphins that inhabit the waters of the Moray Firth and dine on the salmon that come in on the high do check the tide times as they are well worth seeing.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Primroses and bluebells.

Although the wild primroses are still in flower much later than usual,the wild bluebells are starting to bloom as well making for a magnificent show of colours everywhere along South Loch Ness Side.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Loch Ness lambs

Lambs have been busy playing in the sunshine and like to explore their new surroundings in little gangs. Always good fun to watch.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

wild primroses

wild primroses are springing up everywhere and brighten up the forest floors and coat the roadside verges.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Red Kite spotted

Rare red kite spotted gliding gracefully over Loch Ness this afternoon before disappearing into the clouds. Snow showers today but now brightening up. The red kite has a very distinctive forked tail.

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.