Rutting our way through mysterious Autumn


It is often voted visitors favourite time of year to come to Rothiemurchus. Cooler temperatures are matched by the beautiful autumnal colours with the added spice of a roaring stag bellowing from the hills above. The sun’s lengthening time to reach the sky has also caused some lovely mysterious landscapes in the mornings such as this misty sky at our Visitor Centre.


Our stags in the deer farm are currently in tip top shape. Having had all summer to feed themselves they are now grumbling amongst each other for dominancy as well as spending a lot of time chasing the hinds around! The weight that they have put on during the summer will all but be lost by the end of the rut.


Our weather has certainly been on form compared with the summer, This photo below taken from Loch Pytoulish shows the calm and clear conditions (with a bit of warmth!). It has allowed for a relatively straight forward harvest and for visitors during the holidays to get out and about without the worry of rain…makes a change from the summer!

Fishery Encounters


We like to see ourselves as a friendly bunch at the Fishery where people can pop in for a blether and a wee fish along the way. But when two roe deer trotted into the car park and started to make their way toward the Fishery Centre the staff took a second glance at what they were drinking! Joking aside this is not the first time this has happened. Deer, otters, squirrels and an array of birds are regularly seen by staff and anglers whilst at the Fishery. It is great to see that wildlife feel comfortable to be amongst us and it is working towards helping us achieve and maintain our aim of people and nature living in harmony at Rothiemurchus.


Summer may be over (although the weather now is better than the summer!) but the fun does not stop for the Fishery team. Trickle stocking the ponds within the Fishery is constantly on the agenda as is maintenance of our loch fishing including checking over the boat on one of our pike lochs….I know what your think…tough job eh?!!


Now now boys!

Deer antler

Our young stags seem to be getting practice in a bit early! Some of them may have shed their velvet but they are a bit early for the rutting party and most probably too young! These beautiful boys are located in our deer farm on Rothiemurchus. Over the coming few weeks, more and more of the males will shed their velvet marking the end of the growing season of their antlers. Their testosterone levels will be increasing and the anger management will once more become and issue with one another until we near the depths of winter. For those lucky enough to live near red deer listening to the early morning roar or the clatter of antlers meeting really makes autumn come alive.

Ranger Walkabout

These pictures may paint a summer picture but this lucky Rothiemurchus Ranger set out on an estate patrol in one of the very few days when the weather actually resembled summer this year! The Ranger team are responsible for checking the condition of the path network that weaves its way around Rothiemurchus. While out and about though there are obviously many more things to look for and enjoy including the successful growth of young Caledonian Scots Pine in amongst the older Grandmother Pine trees.


This beautiful river is where two rivers join to make the Druie River that in turn is a tributary to the famous Spey River. it is used for our family river tubing activity. Finally but certainly not any less beautiful the team are lucky to get close up to wildlife. Red squirrels are in great number in the this area and have been used to people for a very long time. They have the confidence to not mind path users in their habitat and appear happy to share it with us. We are proud at Rothiemurchus to always be working towards ensuring nature and people can live in harmony and if the squirrels appear to agree with us then that’s a pretty good start!

RiverRed squirrel

Wet but still wild!

Well there is nothing more to say other than summer has been like a starter motor failing to kick into gear properly thus far. A little taste of summer earlier on in June has been followed by temperatures more in line with spring!


Regardless of the weather wildlife has carried on as normal and there has been some good sightings of many species including two old time favourites, the red squirrel and otter. Both of them were captured out hunting albeit for two very different things – one a nut and the other a fish supper!


Piccadilly…Rothiemurchus Circus!

It is well known that the staff here do enough clowning around but when we were told that the circus was coming to Rothiemurchus we all thought we put on a good enough show already!


In what must be one of the best backdrop pictures the circus company could have wished for the 3 day event on Rothiemurchus was a huge success. The Netherlands National circus was a real pleasure to have here not only whilst setting up but the quality of the acts were also to be admired. We all wish them well for the rest of their tour.


It was also the 4th of July, ‘Independence Day’ where a group of Americans were over carrying out activities on Rothiemurchus. We thought that we would make them feel a bit more at home during their picnic lunch with a wee American celebration!