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A perfectly magical Birthday trip out.


Just at the end of our road, our first photo stop on The Kyle-of-Tongue causeway. A beautiful scene with the sun still low, lighting the snow on Ben Loyal.

Snow on Ben Loyal and the sun warming out morning, a great start to a special day


This is my photo of Snow covered Ben Hope with Bruiser watching  Steve on the Kyle slipway taking the previous photo (above) of Ben Loyal.


The gorse is in bloom framing the shot.

Beautiful fresh frost on the winter grasses, we stopped here because Bruiser was squeaking so loudly at the Deer he watching through the window. He likes to get out of the car and sit and watch them for a bit. (yes very spoilt dog) .

Glistening Cold and frosted grasses.

This my idea of a perfect road. Small unobtrusive and empty. Definitely on of our favourites, and to tell the truth there are very few roads to choose from here in the Highlands, and most look like this.

The road to Altnaharra with Snow topped Ben Klibreck in the background

Our first sightings of Snowdrops this year. these are in the grounds of Dunrobin Castle where we went by kind invitation to pick up a Yew branch, we are very excited to start work on this beautiful wood which has a rich auburn centre and stunning growth rings, I hope we do it justice.

A trip to Dunrobin would not be complete without taking in this beautiful little Station scene. (it is a request stop) The new season castle opening times begin on the 1st April. I would suggest allowing a full day as there is so much to see and here.

Dunrobin Castle Station. This was built as, and remains the private railway station of the Sutherland family. However everyone can use the ScotRail trains which serve the station. Dunrobin castle is just a short 5 minute walk down a magnificent Tree lined drive from the station.

We drove home via the Loch Brora road, the sun lit our route and added some magical scenes on the water. This is an amazing capture by Steve, the photo is un-edited and created completely by nature.

Tree Magic! An amazing image of a tree and a sun flare on the shores of Loch Brora.


We love the swirling pattern caused by the waterfall on this long exposure shot.

The sun setting on the last stretch of the return home led tome great reds in our last photo’s of the day. With the Snow on Ben Klibreck completing the scene.

Between Altnarra and Lairg, in the shadow of Ben Klibreck is this lovely little waterfall – a perfect place for Steve to practice his long exposure photography.

And to complete a wonderful 2017 birthday, A bedtime Aurora. Both Steve and I had an Aurora end to our birthdays this year.

This was a lovely end to a fantastic day. A birthday aurora at bedtime. Perfect.

Catch up post. Mainly photo story.

I was so pleased to be invited to help (with the fleeces) In the clipping shed. The sheep were very pleased to be unloading the weight.

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

At the clipping shed

A short break at the clipping shed, Riona with her adorable Bo (Highland calf) and Bert (Bo’s very own pet lamb).

In the evenings I have been attempting to card and spin the wool. I have made a drop spindle and am at present getting the fleece to resemble thread! I learnt from youtube video’s and no 2 are the same so trial and much error! Time is the main factor.

We have had many visits from family and friends, sadly I have written the photos to our other hard drive and need to upload these before 7am (data allowance) So I will attempt another family and friends blog sooooooon!!

Here are some summer into Autumn photos.


Walking in the Highlands of Scotland


First snow of Winter 2016


Walking in the Highlands of Scotland




Amazing guests

These guys are professional photographers, check out their work.


Some things I love about the Highlands


The terrible two. Our lovely friends black labrador over for a visit.




One of our favourite ruins


Our lovely new fence on the croft. Thank you Tommy,


On the beach at the bottom of the croft.


beach Ben Loyal and Ben Hope


Walking in the Highlands of Scotland


From the back bedroom window.


Dunrobin castle.


Seals on the sandbank


Devils bit scabious sowing it’s seeds


Walking in the Highlands of Scotland


local wildlife


fallen from the nest but mum still fed and looked after it.


from the front bedroom window


most nights this week from the back bedroom window. The Aurora Borealis.


A trip down the west coast


First snow of 2016


Walking in the Highlands of Scotland


Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

Currently we are working flat out on the croft. We are building drystone walls, repairing tracks, fencing, planting trees etc. The daylight hours are short so sun up to sundown there is no time to waste having a break, drink, rest take photo’s etc. Another subject for the next blog. We are currently creating a track down our croft , which anyone who has visited will be aware REALLY needed attention!

Saffie is enjoying the company

Saffy is enjoying the company



Just June

The June photo blog is a bit late, we are already halfway through July… Hey ho!

One of the best things that happened in June was the first visit from eldest daughter and grandchildren, and how they have grown up in the last couple of years, from children to young ladies.




and now:


Young Ladies

We spent a lovely week together, and hopefully now that they have conquered the journey once it will be less daunting next time.

Missing family and friends is the hardest cross to bear when you up sticks and move hundreds of miles away to partake in a new life journey.

Saffy enjoying day 1 of her Turmeric concoction to try to help with her sore leg.

Turmeric face

Turmeric face

Field of view

Field of view

The view from Saffy’s newly bedded out shelter, whether she uses it is yet to be seen. She has no problem coming in when we go in there. Not so sure that she will use it to shelter from the extreme weather though, only time will tell.

We took a day out in the sunshine to visit Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, an incredible castle near Wick.

castle 2


and then on to see the puffins at Duncansby head


and Puffling


and of course see the Duncansby sea stacks, a favourite haunt of ours.

duncansby stacks

Cherries and Apples appearing on the new trees on the croft

cherries 2


One of our favourites, the beautiful Butterfly Orchid.


Bog cotton

bog cotton

Fragrant orchid and burnet moth


Not sure what this is so ID please?

id please 2

Bruiser having a majestic moment out on the Moine


Our first ever sighting of Red throated divers, so a very special day for us, they were on Loch Loyal.

red throated diver

We had to go out because Bruiser had his jabs – it’s only 70 miles to the vet! So we dropped down to Tain and had a little walk that included going over a pedestrian suspension bridge.

suspension bridge at Tain

Rainbows at the bottom of the garden.


Steves idea of a play on words…

Bruiser’s favourite tipple – a little drop of peat pool (a family favourite wine is Picpoul….. isn’t he funny?!)

peat pool

A Few other June photo’s showing off the Kyle!

The Kyle of Tongue Hostel looking splendid.

Youth Hostel looking spectacular

Sea Haar rolling in

sea haar

The sea haar later on, taken down on the beach.

Lovely furry little antlers

furry antlers

Being June we have also been chock-o-block with B&B guests – after the family left we only had 1 night off for the rest of the month – and we had to block that from the calendar so that it wasn’t booked out! Fantastic stuff!

We also received our 100th five star review, which we are incredibly proud of and can’t believe we have that many already!

Thanks to the Mackaays for the following – (can also be read here: along with all of our Guest room reviews)

“This was the best of the 7 AirBnB’s we stayed during our five weeks’ trip! Steve and Lea are wonderful hosts and have created a fabulous place to stay in the most glorious scenery imaginable. Every detail in the house has been crafted and set up for a perfect stay. Photos of the house and of the scenery are absolutely true to life. Steve’s breakfasts are a wonder and his service is impeccable. Enjoy the music, all who venture here! The ‘crafting and crofting’ lifestyle Steve and Lea have created for themselves and for others to enjoy is a delight. They are hospitable and generous hosts of the first order.”

You could not ask for a lovelier 100th review.




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