The Rumblie is a great base to explore the regions natural environment. You have many options from Bird Watching, local nature reserves, and a wildlife park.
Locally you can be lucky and see Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Otters, Red Squirral’s, Deer, Highland Cattle, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, and many many more. Options for more active options include Deer Feeding in Laggan with Highland Activities and in Aviemore with the Rothiemurchus Estate. You can also see the Raindeer on Cairngorm and watch working sheepdogs. To access the countryside you could opt for Sleddog rides or even Sedgeways to reduce your impact. If you want to see Red Squirrels and not in our garden then try the www.redsquirrelsofthehighlands.co.uk website.
In the garden of The Rumblie there a number of different birds can be seen. We encourage them to visit and have created a wildlife area that includes a bird feeding station. We have records of the birds visiting our garden each year from 2006. Some of our fav's are Tree Creapers, Wrens, Siskins, Goldfinches, and Long Tail Tits.
RSPB Osprey Centre at Loch Garten (31 miles away)
At Loch Garten you can see the Osprey nests from the centre and with live pictures of the action in the nest being relayed you can gain a real experience of their life. Staff are on hand to explain the action. Many of our guests have visited the centre and really enjoyed the experience. The Reserve is open all year, with the Osprey Centre open April to end of August and is well sign posted from Aviemore. Telephone Number 01479 831476. www.rspb.org.uk/scotland
Highland Wildlife Park (18miles away)
Set between Kincraig and Kingussie is the Highland Wildlife Park. This is Scottish wildlife past and present in the Cairngorm National Park, wolves, otters, bison, capercaillie, lynx and more. You can take a “safari” around the park and see the animals with an audio guide to assist. Open Daily from10am all year round. Tel 01540 651270 or www.highlandwildlifepark.org
RSPB Insh Marshes near Kingussie (13 miles away)
The Insh Marshes are the most important flood plain mire in Britain and have a very distinctive flora plus important populations of breeding and wintering wetland birds as well as nationally scarce mammals and invertebrates. Lapwings, redshanks, curlews, oystercatchers and wigeons all nest here in Spring and the Winter flooding provides roosting and feeding grounds for whooper swans and greylag geese. Insh Marshes are about 14 miles away from The Rumblie, just off the B970 near Kingussie. The reserve is open all year. www.rspb.org.uk/scotland
Scottish Natural Heritage
A great organisation looking after wild and natural places in Scotland. Simon at The Rumblie is a great supporter of them as he did work for them. As regards local Nature reserves we have Creag Meagaidh, Craigellachie, Insh Marshes, Glenmore, Abernethy, Invereshie and Inshriach. Some details are below but for more detailed information you need to check out the Scottish Natural Heritage own website.
A great place to discover the natural Scottish environment, lots of low level short walks and a nice long walk to the loch under the mountains. Many visit this reserve to walk the three high peaks but equally it is a great place to see eagles, and deer.
Invereshie and Inshriach (18 miles away)
An area of forests and hill ground with boggy pools, close growing forests and open land with grouse and eagles. Look out for twinflower blossom in summer and lots of roe deer, red grouse, Scottish Crossbill and mountain hare.
Craigellachie (25 miles away)
An area of mixed birch woodland, open gledes and tree fringed lochs with a craggy summit. The area boasts 350 different species of plants, peregrine falcons, common buzzard, red deer and frogs, toads and palmate newts. so very different from the other two reserves above.
Britains only herd of Reindeer roaming free in the National Park. There are currently around 150 reindeer, approximately 50 of them ranging the Cairngorm Mountains and the remainder on the Glenlivet Estate; the locations being some 30 miles apart. There is a daily visit to the reindeer, weather permitting, departing from Reindeer House at 11.00 am. There is an additional visit at 2.30 pm during the Summer months. During the Winter months, the visit may be dependent on whether we can find them. We said they’re free-ranging and we mean it!
Working Sheepdogs (18 miles away)
A unique experience at the Farm, not only to see sheepdogs working but also close encounters with Highland Cows, bottle feeding lambs, sheep shearing and Duck demo’s.
A Scottish Wildlife Trust site, although a little distance away it is worth a mention as it is just off the A9 going north out of Perth near to the town of Dunkeld. It is also another place or opportunity to see Osprey’s, red deer and red squirrels.