Sunday 14 August 2011

Back Home!

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.

As ever, text in red contains hyperlinks which take you to other webpages, where you can find out more.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

How lovely you can look out the window of the hotel and see all the lovely birds and squirrels.
Enjoy the Edinburgh festival.

Happy week

Unknown said...

Sounds wonderful! Enjoy the festival.

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely view out your hotel room. Sounds like a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the wildlife. Seeing all those bunnies must have been a cute sight. Beautiful photo, I hope you have a great week.

Lucy said...

That sounds heavenly, I'd love to see an otter. Glad you had a good time, welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Wow - I'd love to stay there - lucky you!

Caroline Gill said...

What a wonderful place, Juliet. Would love to watch an Otter from the window!

Manish Edida said...

The view from the window was wonderful and enjoy the book festivel.

Annette Tait said...

it looks so serene and beautiful Juliet!