As the days grow longer and signs of spring begin to show, colourful flowers emerging from the dormancy of winter bring brightness and hope. When out on walks and exploring Moidart and Ardnmaurchan there is an abundance of wildflowers at this time of year to be found. I think guests are generally pleasantly surprised by the variety and quantity they see.
On the walk up to Blain lochs the hillside as you walk through the woodland part is full of beautiful yellow off primroses, scattered all over the hillside.
During lockdown we tried to use our weekends as productively as possible and get in as many walks as possible, to keep up our fitness for when we would back to changeovers!
Ben Resipole was done on a Saturday back in early March. It had been a good few year’s since either of us had climbed it and Coll decided last minute to sit this one out. However, it would be Oran’s first big climb.
Exploring the local history in Mingarry and surrounding area.
This January we have been in lockdown like the rest of the country and we have used our daily exercise, especially at weekends, to go and explore the ruined villages not far from Garmoran.
Using the blog this month to answer a question that is often asked by guests before they arrive
“What fishing is available in Moidart and Adrnamurchan?”
Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t just need to be about walking, beaches and the wildlife in the area, you can enjoy these with the added benefit of fitting in some fishing.
Dog friendly at Garmoran Square
We are always delighted to welcome well behaved dogs on holiday at Garmoran Square. We think pets are an extension of the family and shouldn’t be left behind or left out of the fun. We love dogs but unfortunately don’t have the time to have our own at the moment so always enjoy seeing the variety of different breeds that visit Garmoran, as this will help us decide upon which is right for us, when the time is right!
We are now painfully aware of the harmful impact of plastic pollution on our beautiful environment. What can we do to reduce our reliance on plastic is a question we have asked ourselves here at Garmoran as we start as new season? Here are 5 things we are going to do to reduce our plastic footprint
Family friendly Outings when at Garmoran Square
We are often asked that we would recommend for families to do when staying at Garmoran Square, so here is our family friendly outing recommendations – tried and tested by young Master MacDonald!
Turing right out of Garmoran an into Moidart -
Jane Cumming found the perfect place for those wanting to take a break from the rat race – The Press and Journal Thursday March 15, 2018
We were desperate for a short break. A couple of days away for some peace and quiet to recharge the batteries. But where would we find somewhere that would give us a change of scenery and opportunity to unwind?
We didn’t have enough time to travel anywhere where sunshine was guaranteed and we wanted something more relaxing than a noisy city break. Could Scotland, and the West Highlands at that provide the answer?
Garmoran Square opened its doors for the 1st time in September 2006. Many of our guests ask what was the building used for before we converted it into the self-catering houses? We take that as a huge complement as it was a new build, built on a peat bog but styled to look alike a conversion of an old steading. We wanted it to blend into the rural country side setting.
Some Local History about Acharacle - The name comes from the Gaelic Ath Thorguil or Torquil's ford, following a battle in 1120 at a nearby ford across the River Shiel, between the Celtic-Norse warrior Somerled and the Norse invader Torquil. Here, Torquil was killed in the battle and his followers ousted from the area.
2013 was Visit Scotalnd's year of nature in conjunction with SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage). To promote the year of nature the advertising campaign Scotland's Big 5 was developed. On the SNH website it shows you were in Scotland you can see the BIG 5 plus gives a great PDF fact information brochure on each of the above. What it does not tell you are there are very few places that can boast to being able to see all 5.
Sorry for the lack of posts in recent months, The run up to Christmas is always a very busy time for everyone and that is no different for us here at Garmoran. Each year we decorate the houses with real 10/12ft Christmas Trees and decorate the outside with wreathes and lights. Mulled wine and mincemeat pies await the Christmas guests.