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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Newtonmore November 1st 2016

After a very busy period I finally got time again to make a next blog post! And what one it is, because I have seen a lot again and have been to many places. So, let’s start where I ended in my last blog, I have been to Beinn Eigh and it was very wet, but great! It basically rained down for the whole week that we have been there, causing a swamped polytunnel and very wet feet. Yep… because Nadine was so smart to take wellies with her who were not watertight and of course part of our job was outside in the rain! What we mostly did was replacing young scots pine that were ready to be planted outside, what a teamwork we did there! 20.000 plants in 3 days, I’d say that is ... read more
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pebble Beach!
And seagulls obvs

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Newtonmore September 27th 2016

So after a few weeks I can say that I have enough to tell again to write a few pages full of my daily buisness, gosh I am interesting :P WARNING: lots of talk about ponies coming! So past weeks have been a lot of working at the reserve. I have gotten the task of taking care of the 2 ponies of the reserve! The 2 ladies are called Kilda and Soay (pronounce like Soway). Soay is a moody bitch when she wants to be and there have been numerous moments already where she pulled me with her just to get to that extra nice bit of grass, stubborn much?! Kilda is a bit less experienced, sweet but naughty when she has to be caught in the field, luckily Nadine here is smarter than a highland ... read more
a nice view with Kilda
Meet Mr Frog
Another view!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Newtonmore September 8th 2016

So I arrived in the country, that is so wild, and so hostile, that even the Romans didn't dare to cross it! Yes, you know I can only mean bonnie wee Scotland with that. (Btw I am referring to Hadrian’s Wall, that is still viewable and available for sightings in North-England) Might have to do with those blue painted crazy fellows walking around here back in the 100rds :P The travels itself are worth a whole separate chapter. I left home on time to go to Schiphol, not expecting so much traffic even for a Monday morning! It really was manic but luckily I arrived on time, and after the usual waiting for customs and security it was ready for take-off. In the cutest airplane btw, not many times that I have sat in a plane ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Newtonmore July 12th 2010

Day 32 Newtonmore to Boat of Garten 33miles 1026miles A bright and sunny morning and just a short run into Kingussie where I restocked. Moving on, I joined a minor road to cross the valley before joining the B road which heads up the east side of the valley towards Aviemore. Stopping for a breather and a photo of the Ruthven barracks landmark I heard a shout of greeting from my companions of the previous night. The road was very quiet in traffic terms which gave plenty of opportunity to enjoy the views of pinewoods, across the Insh marshes and the tumbling river Dromie which I crossed by a fine old stone bridge. Most of the woodland was semi-natural with lots of scots pine with an understorey of juniper. Not dense woodland but open with ... read more
Ruthven Barracks near Kingussie
Glen Dromie
Insh Marshes

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Newtonmore September 11th 2009

Friday 28 August Bags and Breaky 7am Leave 8am We hopped on the bus and sadly, drove out of Edinburgh. There was lots of beautiful scenery as we headed up to the highlands. We stopped at St Andrew’s Golf course. This is one of the most famous and old golf courses around… and I couldn’t give a toss. It was great to see how excited some of the golfers were on the trip though. It was drizzling and wet, so some of us headed up to the café and had a glorious hot chocolate - filled with cream and marshmallows. We drove a short way to Pitlochry for lunch. It was a lovely, quaint town, perfect for a tourist lunch stop. I had a toasted ham and cheddar Panini. I bought myself some celtic earrings from ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Newtonmore July 19th 2006

A nice hot shower before bed helped me cool off a bit so I slept well through the night. We enjoyed a rather sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel. We had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, broiled tomatos, cereals, oatmeal, orange and tomato juices and the ever-popular baked beans. In Italy and France I found most of the breakfasts pretty lacking while I've never gone wrong in Germany and Austria. It seems that in the UK it's hit or miss. One morning you'll have a huge buffet and the next you might get a stale roll and some Cheerios. But for the most part on this trip we got pretty decent breakfasts. Once again James was very willing to offer Gail a myriad of possible diversions from our appointed tour route. I swear if we did all ... read more
Don't blink or you'll miss Glasgow
Firth of Clyde
Lovin' Luss

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Newtonmore April 30th 2005

Saturday had us on the B9152 to Kingussie for the Highland Wildlife Park. It had a variety of animals that included polecats, red deer mouflon, pine marten, capercaillie, artic fox, snowy owl, elk, bison, sheep, horse and cattle. First was a drive through the park with an audio CD. Then we got a guided tour for the Forest Habitat where the guide fed a pine marten and then went in a cage to feed the wildcats and polecats. Kind of scary. We finished the rest on our own. The Highland Folk Museum has 2 parts; one in Kingussie which we visited first, and a larger one in Newtonmore. This one opened in 1944 and had indoor collections like old furniture, household items, tools and buildings including a Smokehouse, Clack Mill and Blackhouse. There was also a ... read more
Red Deer
Mother duck
Waltzing Waters




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