Sandy’s stags deliver a real treat
I have always wanted to see the Red deer rut, and having watched it many times on wild life programmes decided that this year was the perfect time to witness it for myself. The obvious place to go was Scotland so we set off for Blair Atholl just outside Pitlochry and booked a ranger led trip up into the hills full of excitement and anticipation. We stayed in a woodland lodge on the Atholl estate which was extremely comfortable, and the staff booked us onto the Sunday morning tour. The Land Rover Defender was waiting for us and ready to go, promptly, and Sandy our guide was eager to set off albeit a little concerned that earlier in the day he had not seen many animals. The hills were alive with the sounds of walkers testing themselves for their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Sandy was an absolute gentleman and has worked on the estate for over 40 years he knows every inch of it and even had a minor role in the recent episode of Victoria where he was seen helping Prince Albert land a salmon (Sandy still holds the record for a 28lb fish caught a few years ago now). If anyone was going to help us spot some rutting stags then he was definitely the man to do it, and so it proved we saw dozens of animals and about ten stags, but we heard even more roaring as they strutted around the Glens and hills gathering up their harems. Sandy’s ability to spot the animals was little short of uncanny as he saw them much sooner than any of our party of four did, we stopped in several different places to watch these magnificent beasts and had plenty of time to take lots of photographs. The Land Rover was the perfect vehicle for the trip taking the bumpy roads up and down the glens with ease getting us as close as possible to the action. Just for good measure we also spotted a black cock and several buzzards affectionately referred to as TE’s (tourists eagles) we never did spot a real golden eagle but maybe next time we will be lucky. This was a fantastic experience made even better by the enthusiasm and knowledge of our guide.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the freedom of 9 acres of green open space, five star facilities and a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. The park is situated in the beautiful grounds of Blair Castle and is surrounded by the spectacular mountain scenery of Highland Perthshire.The park has over 280 hardstanding and grass pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. High quality Caravan Holiday Homes also available for let or purchase. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blair Castle Caravan Park Hotel Blair Atholl