Nature

South Loch Ness is wild, tranquil and beautiful, it offers a wide range of opertunities to see the wildlife of the amazing Highland Of Scotland.

Pine Martens, red squirels, a variety of bird life including the very rare Slavonia grebe and deer are just a few. 

 

 

Northern Lights

Northern Lights
One of the most natural spectacles, it might surprise you to learn that the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis can frequently be seen from Northern Scotland and given South Loch Ness's dark skies it's an excellent place to view this amazing display.







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Moray Firth Dolphins

Moray Firth Dolphins
The wild and unpolluted seas are more than just a blue backdrop to fine scenery - they offer a good chance to see wildlife such as whales, dolphins and most commonly, seals. The bottlenosed dolphins of the Moray Firth are perhaps the most famous cetacean species in the northern waters – it is estimated that there are approximately 130 dolphins in the pod.

Chanonry Point, between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle is reputed to be the best place to see dolphins from the shore.
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Bird Life

Bird Life
With its mix of lochs, native woodlands and moorland, South Loch Ness holds a rich and varied birdlife.
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Astronomy / Night Sky

Astronomy / Night Sky
One of the most magnificent sights in all of nature is the night sky peppered with stars, distant planets and streaking meteors.

Luckily for us, Scotland has some of the largest expanses of dark sky in Europe making it a perfect destination for eager stargazers.  It is also home to Europe's second Dark Sky Park, the first of its kind in the UK, as well a myriad of Dark Sky Discovery Sites. These are places which experience low or practically non-existent levels of light pollution, revealing  ink-black skies filled with dazzling stars.

Photographs Copyright and used by kind permission of Jamie Fraser Fernweh Photography.
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Wildlife

Wildlife
South Loch Ness is a haven for wildlife. There is of course what you'd expect in the Scottish Highlands, deer, red squirrels and pine martens, but there's a host of other animals, birds and insects to discover in the natural beauty and rural tranquility of South Loch Ness
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Fungi

Fungi
Much of South Loch Ness is covered in woodlands, perfect habitat for all sorts of different fungi, from large bracket fungi to delicate little mushroom types found on the woodland floors.

They can be seen all year round, however the autumn is the best time to see the greatest variety and the various paths around Inverfarigaig is a great place to search.
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Flowers and Trees

Flowers and Trees
Take to the trails at Farigaig Forest to spot colourful wildflowers, butterflies and req squirrels, and for impressive views over Loch ness and towards a dramatic rocky outcrop topped by the iron age for of Dun Dearduil. Wind your way to the view points through a mix of broadleaf woodland - at its most vibrant in autumn - and conifers of all ages, including some soaring specimens by lovely Lochan Torr an Tuill. The forest here is a haven for red squirrels and badgers, as well as a host of woodland birds, and in summer dragonflies whizz across the water at the Lochan.

If you wish to go further afield for a day trip, there are several areas of spectacular woodland within easy reach of south Loch Ness...

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Deer & Stag Spotting

Deer & Stag Spotting

There are three deer species in South Loch Ness.

Two are native i.e. Red and Roe Deer with Sika deer being introduced early 19th century in several areas.

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