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Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks at Sunrise Jan 2019

Sunrise over the Ruins of the Ruthven Barracks on a beautiful January morning

Great place to visit just over the Spey from Kingussie.  The barracks you see were built in 1719 after the Jacobite rising in 1715, and then destroyed by the Jacobites after their defeat at Culloden.  The first castle that was built on this site in 1229,  it was used as a base by Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, the youngest son of King Robert the second of Scotland.

The Ruthven Barracks are open all year and are free to visit.


Happy New Year

Last Catch of 2018 Willie Laird with a Pike

This is Willie Laird who grew up on Gaskbeg with a good catch on Hogmanay.  The pike is heading straight for the Highland Wildlife Park for Hamish’s tea!

If you like polar bears here is some great footage from Channel 4 of the lead up to Wee Hamish emerging last year

Wee Hamish


Also  just a wee bit down the road from the Wildlife park is Landmark Forest Adventure at Carrbridge they are offering to renew season tickets at last years price till the end of January! follow the link or phone 01479 841 613

Landmark ticket renewal

Pink Sky in the Morning Shepherds Warning!

Sunrise over the Dalwhinnie hills

Spectacular sky this morning pinks and oranges lighting up the whole sky.  Hope the saying is wrong and its not a sign for the weather to deteriorate later in the day!

Still have availability in Allt Bronach for the New Year please get in touch for a price

Forget how many days till Christmas!

Sun just touching the Spey and the hill. Looking at a cold Cluny's monument

Forget about how many days until Christmas, there is only 17 days until the shortest day on the 21st of December! Then the days start getting longer and that is a very nice thought.

The photo was taken this morning at sunrise  from the banks looking over Gaskbeg and the Spey to Cluny’s Monument.

Gathering Sheep

Gaskbeg Sheep Dogs in the back of the Pick up raring to go gathering sheep.

Meet the Gaskbeg sheep dogs, Dan, Spock, Hank and Jim all desperate to get out the back of the pick up and start looking for ewes.  Started from the Cluny side – east of Gaskbeg – what a beautiful day

Cluny Estate neighbours Gaskbeg Start of Sheep Gathering 2018



Gaskbeg Rainbows

Rainbow at the end of the Gaskbeg Drive
Rainbow at the end of the Gaskbeg Drive

Oh well the rain did come but at least we got some fantastic rainbows!  going by the forecast Autumn is ending this weekend with snow forecast on Saturday, that will be a bit of a shock! hope they are wrong, I am not ready to say good bye to Autumn yet!

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