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Autumn has Arrived

Rain, a hint of snow and wind a sure sign autumn has arrived.

Big flood last weekend, the stock had all been moved to higher ground so all safe.  The amazing flood banks held so that kept a lot of our lower ground free from water, but we almost had the Allt Bronach Burn spilling out down the drive, but 3 bales saved the day!

Earlier on in the month we found a couple of swallow chicks that must have left their nest a bit early, hope they were ready in time for the big migration.

If you are needing some inspiration for things to do on your visit, Visit Cairngorms web site has an events calendar where local activities and events are posted, definitely worth a look

swallow chicks on steading door


Telephone lines are down, not by wind but rain!  A large tree limb came down and took out our landline!  If you need to get in touch please phone my mobile 07888717866 fingers crossed the BT engineers will be out soon!

Beautiful Beaches and Local Farmers Markets

A selections of goodies at the Kingussie Farmers Market

A wonderful selection of some of the goodies at the Kingussie Market, which will be in Kingussie on Sunday the 17th of September in the Gynack Gardens.  (Coming from the west the Gardens are just as you come in to Kingussie on the right opposite the Duke of Gordon Hotel.

For more information: Kingussie Market



Beautiful Blue hues of the Sea and sky at Arisaig

Ideas for road trips, the West Coast is not too far for a day visit from Gaskbeg.  Fort William is only an hour and Arisaig about 2 hours.  On the way to Arisaig you pass through Glenfinnan with the famous viaduct in Harry Potter and also some important Scottish History! The Beaches at Arisaig are absolutely amazing and well worth a visit.  The picture is Camusdarach beach.  It was the location for the 1980’s film Local Hero.  The beach and dune system extends for quite a distance between Arisaig and Mallaig and includes the golden sands or Morar.



Summer Wildlife

Tawny Owlet Sitting In The Sun With All His Baby Feathers
Owlet At Gaskbeg
Tawny Owlet Perched On Pickup Wheels
Baby Tawny Owl On Gaskbeg Farm Drive

We were lucky to have a couple of Tawny owlets this summer, they were very good at being in the wrong place, in the middle of the road or on my wheels! so we had to be very careful.   At night you could hear them and their parents calling each other, their parents kept feeding them for a while.  Last week I saw one flying and landing properly in a tree so I think that is them fending for themselves now.  If you like wildlife I would recommend The Highland Wildlife Park is only 15miles from Gaskbeg and definitely worth a visit.  They have artic fox cubs at the moment Spruce, Storm, Rosie, Dena and Toots not sure which this one is but looking very cute!I (Photo credit Highland Wildlife Park)

Artic fox cub Highland Wildlife Park

Spring, my favourite time of year

Spring the best time of year, everything bursting into life! The gorse is wonderful with its coconut fragrance, everything has changed from grey to green!  One of our lambing highlight was our quads, four beautiful lambs.

Our new wood chip boiler is working well after a few hiccups at the start, but fingers crossed its all sorted now.

We still have some availability for the Summer so please get in touch


Battle of Culloden 276 years ago today!

The last pitched battle on British soil, that changed the Highland way of life forever.  The Jacobites led by Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated in less than an hour by the much larger Government army led by the Duke of Cumberland.  Over a 1000 men were slain, the vast majority of which were Jacobites.

Ruthven Barracks built in 1719 for the Government troops - Red Coats

After the defeat, the Jacobites rallied at Ruthven Barracks (pictured above) before conceding.  The barracks are situated just out side Kingussie and well worth a visit.  Culloden Battle Field with its new visitor centre is a good day trip, it’s just out side the capital of the Highlands Inverness about an hour and 15 mins from the cottages.

Sheep dogs ready for work sitting on the back of the quad

We have just stared lambing and the sheep dogs are raring to go, this is a picture of 4 of our dogs waiting for the shepherd.  Meet (from Left to Right) Jim, Jock, Clarke and Joe.  Jim is the oldest he’s about 8 followed by Jock and Jim who are 4 and Clarke who is the baby at 2!

Laggan Coffee Bothy opens its doors again

Laggan Coffee Bothy display of delicious cakes

Fantastic news Laggan Coffee Bothy has re-opened.  Lots of info on their facebook page just search Laggan Coffee Bothy.   Definitely worth a visit if you are staying in Laggan or just passing through.

The Pottery on the Dalwhinnie road (A889) is also a good place to stop for a coffee and has some very nice gifts although a wee bit pricy!

Last stop for coffee heading west before you hit Lochaber is the Cafe at Wolftrax bike centre. I haven’t been into the cafe for a while but the last time I visited is was great good coffee and tasty cakes.

Fantastic February Sunrises

February brought some very windy stormy weather but also some settled spells which gave us some amazing sunrises and sunsets

The Laggan Coffee Bothy closed at the end of last year but we have been hearing that the new owners are planning to opening up again sometime in March, it will be lovely to have the cafe back and its will be great to see whats new!

We still have some availability at Easter if you need any information please do not hesitate to get in touch

Stargazing, lots of snow and of course some wind and rain!

January gave us some more very cold weather -10 but with that we got some beautiful sunrises and sunsets as well as crisp bright days and amazing starry nights.  Also lots and lots of snow, Craig Meagaidh cliffs were just laden with snow!

Cairngorm Funicular Railway reopens

Good news for skiers and mountain enthusiasts Cairngorm mountain railway has at long last re opened after 4 years of repairs!  The Funicular Railway is the highest railway in Scotland going up to the Ptarmigan Restaurant at 1065m.  Worth a trip to the top even if you are not a skier, but it can get very busy at the weekends if the snow is good!

Happy New Year

The top two left photos were taken at about 11pm and it was about -13, it was a great night for stargazing, quite impressed my camera (phone) managed to take photos in the dark! The next one is Ewan doing the late shift snow clearing in the wee tractor lighting up the tress.  The last top photo is Gaskbeg Farmhouse looking very Christmassy thanks very much to Alan Docker for the wonderful wreath.

The bottom photos were all taken today the last day of 2022, what a beautiful day blue skies but cold, freezing spiders webs on the gate to the cottages.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2023

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