A Quarterly update
Well,the last few months have flown by rather quickly. I did manage to catch our biggest rhododenron in full deep pink bloom when I got back in Mid May from Inverness and the Isle of Skye but then Argyll joined in with the rest of the country in the long, hot, dry spell and the rest of the blooms shrivelled a bit rapidly – but the grass did keep growing. Visited Mull & Iona with folk from Miami; Iona was at its most beautiful surrounded by clear sparkling water
and even the Miami-ites hardly needed their fleeces.
It’s been a busy season of touring and some of the highlights have included; exploring Hebridean islands, catching the early morning shadows and shafts of sunlight amidst the craggy peaks in Glencoe, enjoying the dramatic Bruar Falls (just a stone’s throw from the House of Bruar Retail emporium !) and forest walks above Tain with panoramic views over the Black isle & Cromarty Firth. At this point I would add a small confession that this year was the first time I had really visited the extraordinary Baronial Pile that is Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland, ancestral home of the Earls & Dukes of Sutherland – in a decade of touring, Scotland still has these surprises in store – like Dunrobin and its splendid 19th century bathrooms, amongst other the many other treasures.
Now, we all know that the micro-climate of the Highlands of Scotland and its West Coast is rather unpredictable – and often a little damp even in the height of summer – but it is such a beautiful region that my clients have never been put off. And what’s more, with the great hot, dry weather that we enjoyed this year there was a little extra bonus….the midges that can normally make their little irritations felt between late May & late August were noticeably unnoticeable ! If the gradual influence of a changing climate might mean that hotter (& drier) summers become a more usual feature then just possibly the midges will be frazzled in the heat so now you have even fewer excuses for not making plans to visit this part of the world.
Hoping to welcome many of you to Scotland in 2019 !