Blair Atholl Nature & Wildlife Bespoke Highland Car Tours 3991 <p><strong style="border: 0px; font-family: 'Roboto Condensed', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4f555b;"> Tours for up to 4 persons, are tailored to the clients tastes and interests.</strong> <span style="color: #4f555b; font-family: 'Roboto Condensed', sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"> &nbsp;They can include, history, castles, distilleries, wildlife etc, or why not just sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Highland Perthshire and beyond.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Roboto Condensed', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4f555b;">To ensure your comfort and safety your tour car will be a new top of the range 4x4 vehicle with all the usual 4x4 comfort and extra height ensuring great all roundviewing.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Roboto Condensed', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4f555b;">Why not let us take the strain whilst you relax and enjoy what Highland Perthshire and beyond has to offer! Tours can be tailored to your needs and times, (minimum 4hours).</p> <p>Email your enquiry to :&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> </div> Glen Tilt 3329 <div>Glen Tilt (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Teilt) is a mighty glen on the outskirts of Blair Atholl which cuts through high mountains all the way to Deeside. Glen Tilt offers a delightful mixture of vistas ranging from woodland to open glen and hillsides.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Glen Tilt was the site of a long drawn-out Victorian access battle through the Scottish courts when the 6th Duke of Atholl tried to eject a party of wandering botanists in 1847, access was later granted by the <a href="" target="_blank">Scottish Rights of Way Society</a>. An earlier duke had evicted a large number of residents from Glen Tilt, thus making way for sheep grazing and deer stalking, ruins of some of their homes can be seen today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>The River Tilt follows a geological fault through the hills for much of its length through Glen Tilt, entering the River Garry after a course of 14 miles, then receiving the River Tarf on the right, which forms some beautiful falls just above the confluence, and on the left the Fender, which has some fine falls also. The massive mountain of <a href="" target="_blank">Beinn a' Ghlò</a> and its three Munros Càrn nan Gabhar (1129 m), Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070 m) and Càrn Liath (975) dominate the glen's eastern lower half. Why not take the <a href="" target="_blank">Glen Tilt Trail</a>, suitable for walking and cycling.</div> <div><br />Marble of good quality was occasionally quarried in Glen Tilt, and the rock formation has long attracted the attention of geologists. One of the earliest was James Hutton who visited the glen in 1785 in search of boulders with granite penetrating metamorphic schists in a way which indicated that the granite had been molten at the time. This showed to him that granite formed from cooling of molten rock, contradicting the ideas of Neptunism of that time that theorised that rocks were formed by precipitation out of water. Hutton concluded that the granite must be younger than the schists. This was one of the findings that led him to develop his theory of Plutonism and the concept of an immensely long geologic time scale with "no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end".&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> &nbsp;</div> <div><iframe src=";autoplay=1&amp;start=1592" width="100%" height="600" scrolling="auto"></iframe></div> Red Deer & Roe Deer 3288 <div><strong>Red Deer</strong></div> <div>Red deer are Britain's largest native land mammal resident since the last ice age about 10,000 years ago. Herds of red deer are frequently seen in the upland areas of Highland Perthshire, although originally this creature was a woodland dweller living in the vast Caledonian forests that once covered much of Scotland. Red deer no longer have any natural predators due to the extinction of the wolf and lynx, therefore numbers are higher than ever before, approximately over 400,000 red deer are roaming wild in Scotland. Heather, grass, mosses, lichens and berries are the mainstay of their diet but they are also partial to tree seedlings and the bark of trees, thus creating a challenge for foresters! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>Antlers from the stags fall off each year in spring but a new pair grow in quickly, which have a furry coating called 'velvet' that peels off when the antlers stop growing. During the summer months&nbsp;deer live in the high open mountain areas to escape the worst of the biting insects, favouring areas that are cut by deep peat hags, in which to roll around to give relief from insect irritation.&nbsp;June is the calving time and the hinds tend to choose lonely corries for the birth.</div> <div>Calves can stand within ½&nbsp;hour of being born but for the first few days are left hidden in the grass, camouflaged by their spotted coats.&nbsp;Autumn brings the wonderous sound of roaring stags to many Highland Perthshire hills and glens as the rut gets into full swing. Testosterone fuelled stags are at their heaviest at this time of year and the roaring helps to establish seniority within the herd. When two stags are evenly matched a fight ensues, the winner securing the largest harem of hinds.&nbsp;As winter sets in and the weather worsens herds move down to lower ground in search of food.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>When watching these marvelous mammals we would suggest using&nbsp;binoculars as deer are naturally shy and blend in well with the colours of the landscape. During the summer when weather is good you can see them on the open hills, during the day they feed and rest on higher sunny slopes, then at&nbsp;night the herd will move to lower, more sheltered ground.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Red deer can be seen throughout Highland Perthshire -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Ben Lawers Natural Reserve</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Glen Lyon</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Balnaguard Glen Nature Reserve</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Tay Forest Park</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Birnam Glen</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Black Wood of&nbsp;Rannoch</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Blair Castle Deer Park </a>and <a href="" target="_blank">Highland Safaris</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div><strong>Roe Deer</strong></div> <div>Roe deer are the most widely spread native deer species in Higland Perthshire, they are much smaller than red deer and favour woodlands where they survive on herbs, buds, leaves and twigs. <a href="" target="_blank">Pitlochry </a>and <a href="" target="_blank">Dunkeld </a>have excellent way-marked walks networks where roe deer can often be seen darting through the woods or nibbling in the clearings. Woodland edges throughout Highland Perthshire are favourite haunts for this striking wild animal. Roe deer are less socialable than red deer, mostly sighted alone or in small group of 2 or 3.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The roe deer's rutting season takes place during July and August. Their mating ritual involves the bucks (male) chasing the doe (female)&nbsp;around trees, known as <em>roe deer rings</em>. The buck's antlers normally have 6 very sharp points and they too cast their antlers each year and grow new ones.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Winter can often be a good time of year for seeing roe deer, favouring low level woodland, they tend to be more active at first light and as darkness starts to fall.&nbsp;Roe deer enjoy the warmth and can often be seen sunbathing in the sunlit woodland clearings.&nbsp;In late summer male bucks can be heard barking, this is part of a ritual to claim their territory.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roe Deer can be seen throughout woodlands and path in Highland Perthshire - <a href="" target="_blank">Dunkeld</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Pitlochry</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Tay Forest Park</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Birnam Glen</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Atholl Estates</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Red Deer Stalking Session:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> <div>Stag - 1st July to 20th October<br />Hind - 21st October to 15th February</div> <div><strong>Roe Deer Stalking Session:</strong></div> <div>Buck - 1st April to 20th October<br />Doe - 21st October to 31st March</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Be Safe!</strong></div> <div>Deer are often seen alongside the A9 trunk road (especially just North of the Jubilee Bridge at Dunkeld &amp; around the Blair Atholl area) during the winter months at dawn and dusk, please be alert and watch for deer on the road as they can cause serious damage to you and your vehicle.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please stay well away from any deer calves you encounter whilst out walking, the mother is never too far away!</div> </div> &nbsp;</div> The Mighty Atlantic Salmon! 3285 <div>Salmon <em>(Salmo salar – Roman for Salmon the leaper)</em></div> <div><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div><em></em> <div>Watching a salmon leaping up a waterfall on its way home to spawn is one of nature's sights to behold. Records show salmon leaping at least 12 feet in determination to ascend a waterfall. In Highland Perthshire you can often see Salmon leaping at <a href="" target="_blank">The Hermitage</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Pitlochry Dam &amp; Salmon Ladder</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Soldiers Leap at Killiecrankie </a>and the <a href="" target="_blank">Linn of Tummel</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivers and burns throughout Highland Perthshire are home to many thousands of migratory salmon, some of which swim many miles into the mountains to reach their home pools to spawn and start another cycle of their amazing life story. The young salmon grow in our clean waters for a few years before starting their epic journeys to the salt water feeding grounds via the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Some of them reach the Davis Straight on the west coast of Greenland before heading home again, a distance of 6000 miles as the crow flies! On their return they battle their way past nets, killer whales, dolphins and the thousands of seals that prey upon them around the coasts. The survivors, a small percentage of those that hatched in our rivers return home safely to re-produce and provide thrilling sport for the angler fortunate enough to encounter them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Salmon fishing is available throughout Highland Perthshire from 15th January until 15th October although some beats of the River Tay remaining open until 31st October. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to peruse our Angling pages.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Salmon may arrive in the River Tay on any day of the year but of course there are peak times. Spring salmon are the earliest running multi sea winter fish. In most rivers the main runs start to arrive in March, but on the River Tay they can arrive much earlier but generally the numbers are fairly low until then. April and May are the hot times for spring salmon, these fish can be large, and in years gone by specimens around the 30lb mark have been encountered.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Salmon require a good freshwater habitat for successful breeding; pollution free water, accessible stable redds, and good water levels.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Catch &amp; Release </a>has been introduced on our rivers to aid the survival of the mighty Salmon, one of our treasured natural resources. Over the last 3 decades the number of salmon returning to our rivers from the sea has fallen by more than half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on river habitats visit <a href="" target="_blank">Scottish Natural Heritage</a>, the mighty salmon visit <a href="" target="_blank">Salmon &amp; Trout Association</a>, fly fishing visit <a href="" target="_blank">Lets Fly Fish with Ally Gowans</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>© image copyright of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Ally Gowans</a></div> </div> Powerful Osprey 3286 <div>Osprey <em>(Pandionidae)</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>The osprey is unique in that it migrates from western Africa to Scotland each spring and feeds mainly on fish. This unmistakable bird, a vision in black and white, surprised wildlife experts when it returned to breed in Scotland of its own accord in the 1950s after decades of apparent absence. Since then, the population has recovered and currently stands at around 200 pairs.</div> <div><br />The <a href="" target="_blank">Scottish Wildlife Trust </a>reserve at <a href="" target="_blank">Loch of the Lowes</a> is home to a pair of breeding ospreys which nest just 150 metres from the observation hide, over the years the pair have become much loved local celebrities. A <a href="" target="_blank">webcam</a> overlooking the Osprey hide is watched by many, this is a great way to watch nature at its best especially when the chicks hatch!</div> <div><br />Ospreys tend to arrive back at their nesting sites during April, just in time to lay their eggs, remaining here throughout the summer, returning south to their wintering grounds in August or September.</div> <div><br />Look up to the skies above Highland Perthshire through the summer months and you may get a glimpse of these spectacular raptors gliding through the sky, you will then understand why they have captured the hearts of locals and are now a Scottish icon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The powerful osprey can raise itself and a fish weighing as much as 2kg out of the water to its tree top nest. Ospreys only weigh about the same as a small chicken but have a very large wingspan, between 1.5m - 1.7m, and is adapted for living exclusively on fish.</div> &nbsp;</div>