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!
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!
It is not only nature that is becoming more active at this time of year. Visitors and staff alike are out and about more ensuring that they are making the most of the fine weather in between all this rain that we have had to endure over the last few weeks, not to forget the almost winter temperatures as well!
Fishery staff have been out checking the boat on one of our lochs this week – a lovely spot for a bit of pike fishing. There are several options for fishing on Rothiemurchus including several wild lochs that are becoming renowned for pike fishing, the River Spey (speaks for itself) and our very own trout fishery that caters for all standard of angler.
Visitors were also out on the same day enjoying the fresh late spring weather. A few Bentleys that were part of a bigger rally decided to drop into our Druie café for a coffee and cake pit stop before carrying on with their day.
All in all life on Rothiemurchus is certainly heating up if only the actual temperature would as well!
The skies over Rothiemurchus and the wider area are a real delight during the spring and summer months. Many at Rothiemurchus finish the summer with crooked necks after spending much of their time outside looking up trying to spot ospreys. At Rothiemurchus we have spent many years developing our osprey photography pond where watchers and photographers come to hopefully watch the greatest hunter of them all, the osprey, dive and grab a fish. The hides are situated within metres of the action and the heart certainly increases in rhythm on-site and sound of the bird hitting the water at an almighty speed!
At this time of year the females will hopefully be incubating the eggs which leaves the males with the job of hunting not only for one but for two birds. Their job will only get busier once the chicks start to emerge and the number of fish required will certainly keep the adult male birds busy for several weeks and hopefully the osprey enthusiasts in the hides content aswell!
It is the month of all weathers, we all know that, but the change in 24 hours here on Rothiemurchus was pretty special!
One day, Ranger led activities and Fishing instruction was enjoyed in the sun by all with visitors wearing short-sleeved t-shirts, horses relaxing and basking in the sun and the flowers looking elegant with their fresh growth.
Fast forward 24 hours and there were few flowers to be seen being hidden under the snow, anglers were giving up for the day (although catching better than in the sunny conditions!) due to the onset of frost bite (well nearly!) and the wildlife were shutting up shop protecting themselves against the elements!
It is no secret the Fishery has been closed all winter due to flood damage. Several flood events during the autumn and winter meant that we sadly had to close the Fishery and wait for better weather to allow repairs to be carried out.
After a busy maintenance March we are delighted to say that we are back open for business as usual and as you can see from these pictures we have some rather large fish friends for anglers to catch this season. I am not sure from the picture if the fish is in control or the angler in this picture but one thing is for sure that fish is big!
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Fishery once more!
Well they do say Scotland is known for its rain and whilst many would disagree we undoubtedly get spells of it! Indeed on Saturday the rain poured and poured and coupled with snow melt gave the rivers no option but to swell up and fast. The end result in this corner of the world is that the River Spey and indeed its tributaries, such as the Druie, simply cannot cope and have no option but to go sideways resulting in a lot of Rothiemurchus going under water!
It has not been un-heard of for some of the Rothiemurchus staff to have to swap their cars for a boat and row themselves from their dwellings to get to the nearest main road!