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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

A Very Special Heifer makes 6800g at the Jalex Sale 28th December 2022

A Very Special Gaskbeg Heifer – Sold at the Jalex Select Heifer Sale for 6800g on the 28th Dec 22

She was born on Gaskbeg in June 2020 and sold to Blair Duffton in August last year.  He brought her on and took her back to Thainstone and won the Champion Native, he described her as one of the best animals he had ever brought to Thanistone.

Sired by Gaskbeg Royal Producer more affectionally known as Ted

Wonderful snow for skiing, but the Funicular is still closed – give backcountry skiing a go?

After having a very mellow mild November, -10 plus this morning was a bit of a shock !  We haven’t had much snow just a covering but further North and East there has been quite a bit of snow, enough for some good skiing, unfortunately Cairngorm Mountain  is not open yet! according to their website they are hoping to be open soon and their season passes run from the 21st Dec.   If you are feeling fit you can walk or use skins on your skis and ski up to the top and ski down very quiet runs!  Tiso in Aviemore offer equipments hire (£35 per day Ski touring package).

A November to remember

November has been an amazing month (apart from the last week which has been more like normal November weather) the temperatures have been phenomenal for this time of year.  The top photos are of the drive at the beginning of the month just hanging onto the last of their leaves.  The Rowan tree has lost all its leaves leaving just the berries, what a feast for the birds!

The farm has been very busy getting the tups out, and getting everything ready for the cows coming in for the winter.

 

Autumn colours galore

What an amazing autumn we have had temperatures up to 14 and not going below 8 at night quite astonishing for the end of October.  The changing of the clocks is what really signifies winter though, it was really getting dark by 5.30 today!.

Just about to start gathering in the ewes off the hills, hopefully Ewan and all the dogs will be heading out to the high tops at the weekend, so I hope the weather stays peaceful

A wee note for anyone travelling between Laggan and Newtonmore, the road has been re surfaced which is great but they have left very dangerous ‘tar cliffs’ at the edge of the road which could cause serious damage, please be very careful.

Beautiful day to end July

A beautiful day to end July, and to go for a swim in the Spey.  House martins in full feeding frenzy to keep up with their growing chicks, and some cool ewes who are very happy to have their coats off.

We still have availability in August so please get in touch.

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