Category: Wildlife

Linn of Tummel – leaping salmon

IMG_0448-1000-2The Linn of Tummel is a series of pools and waterfalls at the junction of the River Tummel and the River Garry. This is a stunning spot with classic Perthshire scenery. Access is relatively easy on a 1km path from the Garry Bridge. The path from the car park follows the Garry down to the point it meets the Tummel. Lots of great

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Highland Safaris

red deer feeding at Highland SafarisHighland Safaris is located in Dull, down past Aberfeldy towards Glen Lyon. This place is fantastic and encompasses all sorts of fun, from feeding the red deer herd in the new Red Deer Centre, to gem panning, to drop-at-the-top cycle rides and private mountain safaris by landrover.

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Loch Garten Ospreys

The RSPB osprey hide at Loch GartenLoch Garten is located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, just an hour or so up the road from Pitlochry. For decades, the RSPB have run an excellent Osprey Centre set up to give visitors and excellent view of an occupied osprey nest. As you can see in the above photo, the dead tree on

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Ospreys in the Cairngorms

Osprey in Scotland

We are lucky in Highland Perthshire that we are within easy reach of both the RBPB osprey hide at Loch Garten and the Scottish Wildlife Trust osprey hide near Dunkeld. Both experiences are excellent and afford a easy look directly into occupied nests. However, there are a number of ‘secret’ osprey nests within easy reach of Pitlochry, with one being only a couple of kilometers out of town.

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Oyster catchers in Pitlochry

Oyster catcher eggs in a nest

On a flat roof near to Knockendarroch Hotel we have been watching a pair of Oyster catchers set up a nest. They come back year after year to the same spot. It seems to be an ideal environment for them. They use the gravel from the roof to make the nest and the elevated position seems to keep them relatively safe from predators. This year they produced three eggs which you can see in the photo above and they all hatched – see below the three fluffy chicks at one day old running around the roof. Wildlife in the centre of Pitlochry at its best!

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Loch of the Lowes – Dunkeld

Yellowhammer at Loch of the Lowes
Loch of the Lowes is a superb wildlife sanctuary just outside Dunkeld. There are some great facilities for birdwatching on the loch and for getting a good look at the osprey nest on the other side of the loch. However, we really enjoy just watching the wild birds through the large viewing window in the main visitors’ centre. 

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Ospreys at Loch of the Lowes

Osprey Loch of the Lowes in Dunkeld

Loch of the Lowes is a Scottish Wildlife Trust bird sanctuary just outside Dunkeld, only a few miles down the road from Pitlochry. For a small entrance fee the public are able to gain access to two terrific wildlife hides with superb views of the Loch, and in particular, great views of a well established Osprey nest.

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Knockendarroch hotel & restaurant

Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5HT

Tel: +44 (0) 1796 473473


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