I imagine if you are planning a trip (abeit at some point in future after Covid-19) you are not particularly looking to see Reindeer and Rocks in Scotland. In fact I would imagine most of you are travelling on holiday and have your own list of attractions you are planning to visit and why not.
However as I base these blogs on an A-Z listing of Things To Do from the house and I am currently working on Things To Do beginning with R today that means we are talking about:
Reindeer and Rocks in Scotland.
I probably don’t need to tell you that Scotland is a vast swathe of remote majestic Mountain beauty. Indeed if you are driving to us at Blervie House you will most likely come through Scotland’s second national park called The Cairngorms National Park. Consisting of high plateaux at about 1000-1200 above sea level with steep cliffs of granite. Forming an artic-alpine mountain environment with tundra-like characteristics. It is not uncommon to see snow on mountain tops on a sunny day even in June!
Which is why you will now find The Cairngorm Reindeer herd based in Aviemore grazing over 10000 acres of mountainside. These Reindeer were reintroduced in 1952 having disappeared from Scotland 800 years ago. Before that it was not uncommon to hunt both Red Deer and Reindeer at the same time. The unique sub-arctic qualities of the Cairngorms now provide a perfect home for reindeer – in fact this is the only place left in the UK able to support such an animal.
So if Scotland is to provide you with your only Artic experience why not spend some time taking a daily guided Hill Trip up the Hill to see the herd? Not only will get the chance to meet these inquisitive characters but you will also spend some time in heather on a real Scottish Hillside with breathtaking views.
Alternatively you can spend some time with the deer on a Paddock Visit. If you get the chance to feel their coats – they are so soft.
Rocks in Scotland
If you visit the Reindeer you will also see some Rocks. The Cairngorms National Park as you will see is majestic with it’s mountains and well known for both Munro bagging and Rock Climbing.
However if you drive slightly north and east of us here at Blervie House you come upon an incredible coastline ranging from flat sandy endless beaches to a coastline of sheer cliffs with unique caves or a different type of beach again with stunning rock formations easily visible on your afternoon stroll.
In fact these coastlines are so much part of Scotland think of Dunnottar Castle – no rocky promontory can be more dramatic than Dunnottar. Then again if you are taking the time to visit the Islands of say Skye or Orkney you probably have Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Hoy on your must see list.
However when in Moray take the time to see Bow Fiddle Rock. Located just off the coast at Portknockie, Bow Fiddle Rock is an incredible natural formation, formed by the sheer force of waves alone. Over time, some (1,000 to 541 million years) the pressure of the waves in the North Sea have sculpted this popular landmark into its unique bow-shaped formation, which makes for a great photo opportunity. Head to Portknockie, between Findochty and Cullen, and see this stunning landmark for yourself A natural sea arc so called because it resembles the tip of a fiddle bow. It is composed of Quartzite, a metamorphic rock which was originally quartz sandstone.
From us here at Blervie you can have a fabulous day out exploring the north-east Coastline, think small fishing villages, abandoned Castles, dolphins, fresh sea air, crashing waves, sand, small cafes, and sampling the local specialities notably Cullen Skink. Exploring the fishing villages on this Coastline is one of my favourite activities so aside a little time to explore.