Just spent an excellent week in Gairloch; Scotland never fails to provide a memorable experience.
Soon after we arrived so did the rain and gales. About 25 hours later the rain stopped and the rest of the week was much better with cold, clear, sunny days and frosty nights.
As we are members of the NTS we usually visit Inverewe Gardens when we are in Gairloch. Even in winter Inverewe is worth a visit and predictably very quiet. We met only six people and two of those worked there.
Inverewe Gardens are spectacularly good in themselves, but being on a peninsular in Loch Ewe the gardens have, or are close to, a number of different habitats – woodland, muddy shore, rocky shore, open sea, moorland and mountain and this is reflected in the wildlife seen.
A hide which overlooks the the loch is always open and can be used without going into the gardens usually has a good range of sightings.
The wildlife highlight for us while in the gardens was seeing two otters swimming in the loch and coming out on to the seaweed covered rocks in the photo.
Two other shots from a good day in the Gardens.