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Stargazers benefit from Dark Sky Status

We are pretty remote here at Pinewood Steading with very few neighbours and no near villages, or towns. So we have pretty much dark skies.  You can often find us out in the garden looking at the stars and Milky Way. And on special occasions, looking at the Northern Lights!

Milky Way

Dark sky Milky Way

So, we were especially pleased to hear that the nearby Abriachan Forest Trust has gained Dark Sky Discovery Status!  The award was made on 23rd November 2017 by the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. The Trust was granted ‘Milky Way class’ Dark Sky Discovery status. This certification puts Abriachan on the map as an excellent place for stargazers to go. Abriachan benefits from its remote location and altitude.  Only the sites with very clear views of the Milky Way galaxy receive the Award. So, whether you’re gazing on them from our garden, or taking the 10 minute car jaunt across to Abriachan, we are sure you won’t be disappointed!

To add, if you are really keen on catching the wonderful sights of the Northern Lights, check out this super blog Can you see the Northern Lights in Scotland? from Holiday Scottish Highlands & Islands.

It’s a winter wonderland!

We love this time of year – it’s like a Winter Wonderland! Well, we’ve had snow early this year; the first came in early November and as I write this, it’s been snowing for days.  It’s supposed to last for at least another week and then well into December and beyond.  I am sure it’s going to be a white Christmas!  It almost always snows in January, and particularly February. Many of our guests want to book for when it’s snowing and of course, we can’t forecast that. But I think if you visit this winter, you will have a high chance!  Here are a few of our recent snow pictures. Enjoy!

Larch in winter

Snowman with Emma

Pinewood Steading and snowing

Snowy morning sunrise

Red Squirrels in the Garden!

We’ve started to see a few more red squirrels in the garden recently.  But they’ve been hard to capture on camera.  Jimmy saw one at the bottom of the garden, running along the low wall.  Then he zipped up into one of the trees.  But luckily today I caught one out of the corner of my eye at the top of the drive! He stopped to look at me in the branches of the tree…

Red squirrel in tree

Red squirrel in tree

And then he seemed to pose! He must be busy collecting moss, grass, lichen for his nest – called a drey. I hope he stays warms for winter!

Red squirrel sitting in a tree

Red squirrel posting for a photo!