HURRICANE BERTHA – WE SURVIVED!

More than 80mm of rain fell in 24hrs, mostly overnight Sunday, which is more than Nairn’s usual total for August! The bog below the holiday lodges was awash with water flowing over the top of both dams. I failed to get a photo as it was still raining when we rushed off to Inverness to buy a pump to dry out the flooded straw barn. By midday Monday the water level was well down so the photo op was missed. The sheep and cows looked bedraggled this morning, but they are all fine now. Here’s a roundup of local photos.

From BBC News - Dramatic scene near Nairn, but no pigs in the hole!

From BBC News – Dramatic scene near Nairn, but no pigs in the hole!

River Nairn at Merryton Bridge

River Nairn at Merryton Bridge

 

River Nairn on the right and look carefully to see the mushroom of silt washed into the sea.

River Nairn on the right and look carefully to see the mushroom of silt washed into the sea.

 

The pontoons in Nairn Harbour are almost at road level!

The pontoons in Nairn Harbour are almost at road level!

 

Back in the Hiddenglen Pip bounds in while Lexie hangs back. Wisdom comes with age!

Back in the Hiddenglen Pip bounds in while Lexie hangs back. Wisdom comes with age!

 

I love the understatement on this one from the BBC News - "The River Dulnain was affected by heavy rain."!!!

I love the understatement on this one from the BBC News – The River Dulnain was affected by heavy rain!!!



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RECYCLING IN NAIRN

Nairn Recycling CentreWe are passionate about recycling. Having provided recycling containers for our self catering holiday cottages since we started in 1990 we have become experts on what is thrown away and by whom. There are no class or wealth correlations as to what people waste and whether they recycle, in fact wealthy professionals can be the worst recyclers. They are well educated and can understand the environmental impact and should do better!

We are next door to the Nairn Recycling Centre which is clean, tidy and well run. However the Highlands of Scotland are a long way from the factories able to process the useful stuff. My only complaints are:-

  • The Highland Council does not allow local reuse of stuff.
  • It is 3 miles from the centre of Nairn and quite a bit blows off trailers enroute! All these journeys must reduce the environmental benefits.

I leave you with one thought, “However big the pile of sugar, however small the teaspoon, the sugar always runs out one day!”

BEER FESTIVAL? IN NAIRN? 29th MAR – 7th APR 2013

Nairn Bandstand

Nairn Bandstand courtesy of VisitNairn

What is this small Highland town coming to??? Well Nairn is growing to be one of the best holiday destinations in the Highlands of Scotland, expanding for several festivals and sporting events every year. This 5th annual event is the largest beer festival in the Highlands with a 100 real ales, dozens of malt whiskies, and seven live music gigs. Wow, see you there!

SCOTTISH OPEN GOLF AT CASTLE STUART 11-14 July 2013

CASTLE STUART

Courtesy of Castle Stuart

The Scottish Open returns to Castle Stuart for a third year. It is a great course for spectators and only 15 miles from Hiddenglen Holidays at Nairn. Castle Stuart is a very popular course with those taking a golf holiday in the Scottish Highlands. The Open is sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management.

WALKING HOLIDAY BASED NEAR NAIRN

Walking in wilderness

Walking in wilderness.

Thérèse loves walking, nature, poetry and helping people, and she is an excellent cook of all things Organic. She now combines all these skills by offering to guide guests on walks, be it just for an hour or two, a whole day or even to include camping out in the wild. It will be tailored to those taking part on the day, from an easy-peasy amble along a level riverside path to a marathon mountain adventure. A healthy organic picnic can be provided. Thérèse has walked all over, and even right across the Highlands, but because she has no safety certificates there will be no charge – guests will be welcome to make a donation towards costs at the end of the day. This is open to anyone, not only those staying at Hiddenglen.

This started casually when Thérèse guided a regular guest (24 weeks here in 6 years!) who loves waterfalls, but doesn’t have the confidence to go out on her own – her husband has a demanding job and is a bit of a couch potato when on holiday. Thérèse and this guest now go out for a day every time the couple holiday here.

WALKING IN GLEN AFFRIC

Glen Affric

Glen Affric

Glen Affric is a gem amongst four Highland glens opening to the River Beauly, less than two hours drive from Nairn. We were lucky to spend the weekend staying at a B&B in Cannich and miss the rain and snow that fell elsewhere. With deep snow on the tops we walked up the track pictured above and Thérèse carried on right around the base of the hill behind Glen Affric Lodge.

In the evening, while having a meal beside the log fire in the village pub, we fell into conversation with Iain from Cougie Pony Trekking Centre. He had a wealth of stories about riding across the Highlands using the ancient drove roads. If you want to see wild remote places riding at Cougie must be one of the best ways to do it.

NAIRN GAELIC CHOIR

nairn gaelic choirLast night we attended a ceilidh organised to entertain a group of Russian’s who are visiting the Highlands of Scotland. The Russian’s couldn’t stand the pace of Highland hospitality and didn’t show up, maybe whisky is stronger than vodka! However for those of us who went to the Royal British Legion in Nairn there was an excellent evening of entertainment and plenty of room to dance.
Nairn Gaelic Choir sang a lovely set of three songs. Except for the last one about Islay I can’t repeat the titles, I’m embarrassed to say, but they were beautiful to listen to. We were treated to an impromptu second set later in the evening. Nairn Gaelic Choir have won may prizes, last winning the Mod in 2011.