We've just come back from a lovely break at our favourite hotel, The Friars Carse near Dumfries. The photo shows the view from our bedroom. During our stay, we didn't need to leave our room to see: red squirrels (including one with a blonde tail!), an otter, pipistrelles, Daubentons and one other species of bat, hedgehogs and lots of rabbits (at night the lawn in the photo was covered in grazing rabbits). Swallows, house martins and sand martins were constantly flying around, about forty birds in total all the time, the swallows have three nests in the hotel porch alone!
Friars Carse is a great place to stay for a wildlife watching holiday. There are lovely river walks just near the hotel and lots of woodlands and lochs nearby that we always enjoy exploring. The drawback is that if you're vegetarian the choice of food is less than brilliant, but the hotel has just started selling locally brewed real ales, which is a great plus.
I'll blog more about our trip over the next few days, but I'll also be blogging from the Edinburgh International Book festival, which started yesterday.
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