Walking and Wildlife

There are a number of lovely walks from our house that all can enjoy. Loch Muick is (pictured). This area of the Cairngorms National Park is rich with many paths and trails to suit all abilities (view Walks). Under the new Access Policy, everyone is permitted to walk almost anywhere in Scotland but please take notice of the Access Code. There are also a number of 'tea-stops' in the area and Carole can give you guidance on the best ones to stop at!

The Countryside Ranger Service in the Cairngorms National Park offers alsorts of events and activities throughout the year.

We are very privileged to live in one of the last areas for the red squirrel and the Cairngorms National Park has more endangered species of animals than any other area in the UK . Soaring buzzards and fairly frequent sightings of the golden eagle and the elusive capercaillie can occur as well as the fish eating osprey (pictured) that nests at Loch Garten. More information can be found at Wild Scotland.

The onset of Spring is announced by the arrival of the curlew and numerous oyster catchers in from the coast to lay their eggs in the fields around us. The haunting cry of the curlew and the insistent pipping of the oyster catchers both disturb and enhance the peace. While watching deer graze on your evening stroll from Cummmerton, you may forget the stresses and strains of modern living and linger awhile longer.

"A beautiful piece of Scottish magic - we will keep it in our hearts" - guest from New York, USA.