The Surrounding Area
Brin Herb Nursery is set in beautiful Strathnairn under the dramatic backdrop of Brin Rock. We sell herb plants, wild flower plants and plants for wildlife and have a Cafe in the old converted schoolroom and a Fine Food shop. We are within easy driving distance of a number of popular tourist areas as well as having first rate accomodation in the locality. To get here follow the directions (and map) on the home page but as a rough guide we are: 25min from Inverness, 20 min from Loch Ness, 40 min from Fort Augustus, 40 min from Aviemore and an hour and a half from Fort William.
The surrounding area is abundant with magnificent scenery and in a such quiet rural setting the tranquility gives endless opportunity for studying the diverse variety of flora and fauna. There are many forestry tracks and minor roads in the area which are popular with cyclists and walkers alike and allow a range through gentle to strenuous activity levels. Brin Rock, the boulder at Loch Ruthven and the crags at loch Duntelchaig also offers some excellent climbs (see below)., and on a hot day Lochs Ruthven and Coire offer refreshing swimming opportunities (it does sometimes happen!). Fishing is also a popular pastime and both loch and river fishing are available.
The Loch Ruthven RSPB reserve boasts one of Scotlands major breeding sites for the Slavonian Grebe, as well as giving visitors a chance to glimpse other rare birds such as the Osprey, Red Throated Diver and Capercaillie. Another popular area for watching some of Scotlands wonderful wildlife is the hill road between Farr and Garbole (in the upper Findhorn valley) where Red Deer, Mountain Hare and Grouse are common and those lucky enough may see Mountain Goats and Golden Eagles.
With such dramatic rock formations as are common in Strathnairn there is as abundance of challenging rock climbing. Our own Brin Rock has numerous routes as does Stac Gorm, which has easier access and also has a good boulder on the path up to the Tynrich Slabs. The crags at Duntelchaig are also very popular and include the famous Dracula Buttress.
News & sitings:
Wild goat on Brin rock, by Neil Mackenzie whilst climbing on 7th July 2004. The first known (to us) siting since the 1970s