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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.