The Covid 19 crisis has brought things to a halt here at Go Wild Highlands except in the kitchen! Ann has been trying out new recipes for our guests to enjoy when we are back on the water. These lemon and lavender shortbreads were a big hit with the tasters.
A blackcurrant, blaeberry and lemon cake didn't last long either! We are hoping to use berries from our own bushes and blaeberries foraged locally for that one.
Well it has been a busy year for us in 2019.
A first trip in February when the temperature reached 19C in Sutherland! Our last trip was an atmospheric paddle on the lovely Loch Migdale in November.
In between we took lots of guests paddling, camping and eating (we do a lot of eating!) on the Kyle of Sutherland, onto the beautiful sea loch at Loch Laxford, where we cooked on an open fire and explored the lovely Loch Migdale surrounded by ancient Scots Pine trees.
We hope you might consider coming out with us in the New Year.
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This year has seen the start of our wildlife evening paddles. The sunny weather with the long evenings has made for some incredible panoramic skies; the evening sunlight sweeping across the water in a gauze brushstroke of pinks and golds. This is really the place to be, to just slow right down and breathe in the silence intersected with the lone cry of a redshank or the drumming of a snipe.
The snow is just about gone, although we are due another blast of cold from the East again this weekend. No snow forecast, thankfully. Yesterday, however, one of my favourite heralds of Spring arrived - the Curlew. A lovely wading bird which spends its winter by the shore and moves inland to breed in the grasslands and moors around us. They will now spend a lot of time in the air calling for mates and declaring territories. I will now spend more time in the garden preparing the vegetable patch to the accompaniment of their calls. Wonderful!
What do you do when the country has ground to a halt and 17 inches of snow has fallen locally? Stay inside and bake a selection of sour dough loaves and trays of oatcakes and then photograph them for the website. The baking part is easy. The photography part took all three of the Family P quite a while, with lots of discussion, arranging, and re-arranging, climbing on chairs and general silliness! But we got there in the end. Have a look at our new food page for details of our local food suppliers.