Its been a good year for pine martens at Loch View Cottage. Its great to sit in the lounge and wait for them to appear.
Its been a long time since I fished at Loch View Cottage but while doing some winter upgrade work I stumbled across an old rod and reel and since it was such a good day I had a cast or two. The fishing from the rocks was good and the pollock were giving themselves up. I never caught any monsters this time but I kept a couple for dinner. There is nothing tastier than fresh caught fish in beer batter!
The old pine marten table was looking a bit sad after 5 years of being abused by deer, pine marten and various birds. hopefully they will like the new one and continue to provide entertainment for guests. New Pine Marten feeder for Loch View Cottage
Fiona and I would like to thank everyone who stayed in 2018 and a special thanks to those who got in touch after their return home to tell us about the wildlife they had seen or talk about their experiences of Ardnamurchan. Biggest thanks of the year goes to Dave Renney and Carol from Washington, Tyne and Wear who not only encountered the 'Big Five' of Ardnamurchan wildlife but left us this extraordinary wood burning to commemorate their stay. It now has pride of place in Loch View Cottage and will no doubt be enjoyed by many guests in the coming year.
You cant beat the feeling of anticipation as you wait for the ferry to deliver you to the other side of Loch Linnhe and onward to Ardnamurchan.
There is a lot of wildlife to see in Ardnamurchan and we usually tell guests that pine marten visits to the cottage are 'virtually guaranteed'. Last week though we had wildlife photographer Liz Cutting staying at the cottage and the pine martens got a bit coy, only visiting a couple of times after dark. A bit disappointing and very unusual but Liz was good enough to send us a couple of images from her stay here last year. stunning!
Many visitors to Ardnamurchan have the ascent of Beinn Resipole high on their 'to do' list. At 845M it may seem like a gentle stroll but its not something to be attempted lightly. Even in the summer the path can be boggy, adding to the time to get to the top and when clad in snow, like today, its best left to experienced climbers. On the right day though its a rewarding climb with a great view from the top.
There is nothing like loading the log shed with a couple of tonnes of firewood the get the muscles warmed up on a winter morning. This load of firewood should keep Loch View Cottage cosy until the weather warms up.
The first task for any aspiring Ardnamurchan gardener is to erect a high fence. The red deer and these feral goats can make short work of virtually anything that grows but they do brighten up a drive along the single track roads as they gorge on the greenery from the verges. They are beautiful animals to observe, as long as they are not in your asparagus patch!