Photographers - Ffordes camera shop is only a few miles away!
The cabin is surrounded by fields and woodland which can be explored although bracken does make wandering through the woods a challenge in the summer! Many birds reside in the woods and hedgerows: listen out for the horrible screeching calls of the jays and the far more melodic call of the yellowhammer.
In the summer the woods are home to a number of warblers including blackcap, willow warbler and chiffchaff; swallows and house martins swoop over the garden and fields. Wrens are everywhere and there are great spotted woodpeckers, treecreepers and goldcrest.
In autumn huge numbers of pink-footed geese return for the winter months. Hundreds, sometimes thousands land in the fields making the most incredible noise. All year round look up and you may see red kites and buzzards. The woods come alive at night when the nocturnal animals come out to play. Badgers, pine marten, roe deer, fox and tawny owl are all in the local area but rarely seen except on trail cameras. Check out host, Karen Miller's youtube channel to see what happens whilst the world sleeps!
The garden is home to a huge variety of birds - you are very likely to see goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, siskin, blue tits, great tits, coal tits and long-tailed tits, robins, dunnocks, house sparrows, tree sparrows, blackbirds, carrion crows, great spotted woodpeckers, starlings, wrens, tree creepers... We've also had yellowhammer, reed bunting, stonechat, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, heron, field fare, brambling and red poll. There are at least three red squirrels who visit the garden almost everyday - Ella, Louis and Dizzy. Keep your eye out for them bouncing across the lawn to cache nuts.
It's only a 15 minute walk down to the Beauly Firth, a well known site for waders and, in the summer, osprey. In the summer the sunsets over the Firth are truly stunning. It's a beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by.
Both Inverness and Beauly are only 6 miles away, there are supermarkets, cafes and shops in both (do visit Corner on the Square in Beauly, the baking is delicious!).
Rogie Falls - stunning waterfalls in very picturesque location. In summer/autumn look out for salmon jumping - it's incredible to witness!
Tollie Red Kites - RSPB feeding station, see the birds up close as they swoop down. Plenty of little birds at feeders too. (currently closed due to Covid)
Chanonry Point - arguably the best place to see bottle-nosed dolphins up close. Visit on a rising tide May-September. Please note carpark is small and awkward, so you may need to park elsewhere and walk.
Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.
Even Further Afield
It's possible to go on a day trip to the West Coast and Skye.
The Cairngorm National Park & Aviemore are only an hour away down the A9.
The Moray Coastline is a fantastic place for birders.
Glen Affric - especially beautiful in the autumn, but worth a visit at all times of the year. The other Great Glens are worth a visit too.
Tarbet Ness - a fabulous place for birders.
(Images © Karen Miller. Top to bottom: jay in local wood, curlew flying along Beauly Firth, local badger, great spotted woodpecker, pink-footed geese in field behind cabin, rabbit kitten)