Autumn outings.

There’s no reason to let the end of summer keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. Living on the Moray Firth, we are spoiled for choice for places to go, within two hours’ drive, including the Cairngorm National Park, exploring the rivers that empty into the Moray Firth and, of course, the Wester Ross mountains! In the last week or so, we have taken the Mini out to Gairloch and Poolewe (admittedly to attend one of those family events) and enjoyed some autumn colour along one of my favourite rivers, the Findhorn.

Admittedly, it was a bit of a West Coast day we travelled to Gairloch. Fantastic and very fresh weather.

Unfortunately, the nature of the family event prevented us from loading up walking gear and taking to some wild trails. However, compensation came in the form of coffee at the Mountain Coffee Company Hill Billy Cafe in Gairloch, a great location!

We frequently walk along the Findhorn river which flows through Logie estate, which is another must visit with its steading, Olive Tree Cafe and shops. The river path is steep in places, runs high over the river but also allows access to fishing pools and the warning sign is no exaggeration!

A beautiful river and Autumn colour this year is as stunning as ever.

The high, steep bank is prone to slipping as this temporary closure shows (above).

Several miles later, and Randolph’s leap is reached, with the river swirling through the rocks. The estate is noted for some pretty large tree species including many Wellingtonias – too big to photograph in their entirety so close up.
We turned back at Randolph’s leap to head for home and something to eat. We are fortunate that this fantastic area is only a 20 minute drive from the house!


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