Saturday, 7 January 2017

Join Aquila Ecology Scotland on a Birding Tour To Islay

Isle of Islay birding tour

Date: February 19th-23rd 2017
Join us on the idyllic inner Hebridean Isle of Islay for a 4 day birding and wildlife holiday and blow those winter blues away.
This is one of the best times to visit if you want to see a good number of geese, Choughs, Hen Harriers and eagles and there’s a good chance of otters and seals too.
Barnacle Goose ©Andrea Hudspeth


We will be staying just outside Bowmore at a well-equipped and comfortable lodge with views over heather-clad hills and a burn below where otters and Grey Herons can be seen. The lodge has 5 twin en suite bedrooms and a spacious living area with TV, DVD player and open fireplace. You will be catered for by us with breakfast, a packed lunch and home-cooked evening meal with the option of an evening meal out on the last day. Special diets will be catered for.
We will spend our days cruising around the island looking for places to stop and watch wildlife as well as using hides and taking leisurely walks on the RSPB’s Loch Gruinart and Oa Nature Reserves. We will also drop into Machair Bay to take a walk along this stunning white sandy beach. A slight detour to visit the Bruichladdich or Bunnahabain Distillery can be arranged for those who are whisky aficionados, whilst the rest of us look for otters and divers.
Target Species: Hen Harrier, Raven, Chough, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Barnacle and White-fronted Geese, Divers, Otters, Common and Grey Seal.
The price includes accommodation, all meals, ferry crossing and mini bus transport whilst on the island and from a pick up and drop off point in Scotland (to be arranged).

For further information please email on
Isle of Islay

Aquila Ecology is a member of the Loch Earn Tourism Information group. Based in St Fillans on Loch Earn.  Contact Andrea Hudspeth for tailor made walking tours in the area to spot the wonders of local flora and fauna.

  • Andrea Hudspeth
    St Fillans
    PH6 2NQ

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Changing The World One Blue Bottle At a Time - For Christmas

Exciting news from LETi member Alison Inglis, a  Tutor,  Therapist & Neal's Yard Organic Independent Consultant - Indian Champissage Scotland

Between 3pm Wednesday 30th November & Friday 9am 2nd December NYR Organic will be offering customers 20% off selected products whilst stocks last!

Email or text Alison with your shopping wish list of items that you would like to purchase during this period. You can view the range at shop/alisoninglis/area/shop- online/

Alison said " Included will be gift boxes (ideal for Christmas or to treat yourself) but these will be popular! We also have fabulous stocking fillers e.g., Remedies to roll, lip glosses, bee lovely balm, soaps as well as it being a great opportunity to top up on your regular skincare, body care, inner health - teas, superfoods & supplements & get together your organic medicine cabinet to stay healthy this Winter. 

I will be placing orders from 3pm Wed 30th November and all Thurs 1st Dec.  I am able to call for payment details - card or will accept bank transfer - and of course happy to help with any suggestions and recommendations.   Free postage on all orders over £20."

"Changing the World One Blue Bottle at a Time" this Christmas Season.

Alison also runs a pop-up rural shop selling magical (angel, fairy), fair trade, handmade Scottish and holistic (including Neal's Yard) products.  Visit the shop on pop up weekends at

The Enchanted Cottage
Dunollie Cottage,
FK19 8NY
Tel:01877 384659

You will come across the shop on the Scottish Thistle Award winning #BLiSStrail Balquhidder section mapped at between MHOR84 and The Balquhidder Village Hall.
Visit Alison's NYR Organic Online Shop Here: See the latest NYR Organic  Winter 2016 Catalogue at

Tel: 01877 384659 or 07796 327765

Monday, 2 May 2016

A View With A Room - Lochearnhead


New Deluxe Bedrooms -Clachan Cottage Hotel on Loch Earn

New Deluxe rooms available over looking Loch Earn

Visit The Clachan Cottage Hotel, Lochearnhead

New Deluxe rooms have been designed with the colours of the surrounding countryside - rich purples and greens - inspired by the autumn heather. When you’re looking out on the stunning views, you feel part of the landscape. There is every conceivable luxury to enjoy:whirlpool baths, steam rooms, power showers, under-tile heating, Nespresso coffee, mini bar, super king beds, luxurious leather furniture and of course, a view to amaze you.

One guest said, “Surely you can’t put a price on the view from here...? It’s outstanding!”

The Clachan has been busy once again! We’d like you to know what’s happening on the shores of Loch Earn.

The spring menu has just been launched - and as the new St Fillans to Lochearnhead walking route has attracted some hungry walkers, there is more emphasis on the ‘light bite’ side. The restaurant has just won another award as the Best Informal Dining Hotel in Scotland. Try our daily specials: Fresh langoustines simply served with lemon and soda bread or antipasti sharing platter with 3 meats, olives, chilli infused hummus, Highland Perthshire Oatcakes and our very own home grown salad garnish.

Six years ago we transformed an old inn into a boutique hotel with a world class restaurant and bar. This has brought with it an entirely different customer base and a strong leaning towards activities.

Lochearnhead has also changed, with the demise of the water sports centre. We have now geared up to provide our own activities for hotel guests. Alan has recently sold his engineering business and will now have time to indulge in his passion for water sports and cycling. He can often be seen
out and about with his wife Shirley as they are always training for some event, be it a triathlon or road bike race. So we have started by providing a range of bikes (including electric models) to ensure that even the not-so-fit can get out there and enjoy the local cycling trails.

If you stay in one of our rooms you can access a range of activities: Guided cycling tours can also be arranged for groups or individuals. Take advantage of the amazing variety of bike trails - with either road or mountain bikes.

Clachan Cottage Hotel
Lochside, Lochearnhead,
Perthshire FK19 8PU.
By telephone: 01567 830247
International: +441567 830247
By fax: 01567 830300
International: +441567 830247

Friday, 6 March 2015

All The Ingredients of A Fantastic Spring Fayre

If anyone knows how to celebrate Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015 its the MHOR group. Loch Earn Tourism Initiative member chef Tom Lewis and the MHOR team have come up with all the right ingredients for a fantastic Spring Fayre.  Look what they are up to on the 21st and 22nd March.  Date for your diaries folks.  Also look at our latest LETI chef recipe and other local food and drink events. #tastescotland

E:  T: 01877 384646


To celebrate the year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015 we are hosting our first annual Spring Fayre & Market at Mhor 84 on the weekend of March 21st/22nd.

Come and meet our suppliers who will cook for you and showcase their products ...brewers, butchers, bakers, divers & gardeners - all Masters of their craft.

Throughout the weekend there will be live music and djs...and its Tom's birthday! For more information contact



11am – 2pm: Spring Clean - Have a Spring clean and sell from your car boot in the car park here at Mhor 84. £5 (To be donated to Killin Mountain Rescue) to sell your wares. 

3pm – 5pm: MHOR Than A Barber - 
Get the chop and rid yourself of that Winter growth!

Live music and djs

Meet the brewers with a great selection of Scottish cask and bottled ales. Regular menu at Mhor 84 with a few tweaks…


11am – 5pm: Food Market & Picnic - Join us on Sunday morning from 11am. Indulge yourself with hand-dived scallops from Guy Grieve, oysters from Loch Fyne or cheeses from Tanny Gill - then take a seat and enjoy them at MHOR 84, picnic style, with a glass of champagne or Cry Baby Soda. 

Live music and djs

A Little Mhor about 84.
In April 2013 Tom and Lisa Lewis, Dick Lewis and his partner Mhairi Taylor (of Delizique and Cafezique in Glasgow's Westend) joined forces to create Mhor 84, the perfect pit stop on the A84, Cycle Route7 and newly-created Rob Roy Way. Food is served all day from 8am until 9pm satisfying everyone from walkers and cyclists to shellfish-loving galloping gourmets by offering all-day breakfasts, hearty lunches, cakes and pastries and a wide-ranging evening menu. Roaring log fires are lit inside and out and a games room keeps the young and young - at - heart entertained with a pool table and juke box, tv and wi-fi, toys and board games. There's live music every Thursday - "Thank Folk it's Thursday".

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Experienced Chef Returns to Head The Four Seasons Hotel Team - St Fillans

David Errington -Head Chef At The Four Seasons

We are pleased to introduce our ‘new’ Head Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans.  David Errington has worked with owner Andrew on various occasions as a temp chef, and eventually took up the post of Head Chef in 2003 and worked for two seasons. Since then, he has gained experience in various establishments in Exmoor, Somerset, Ireland and eventually back to sunny Scotland where he worked for three years in Kenmore, before returning again to the Four Seasons Hotel in June.

Here are some questions put to David on his return:-

  1. Why did you come back to the Four Seasons?
It is a great hotel in a great location and I am really happy to be staying in the Breadalbane area, where I have made so many friends over the past few years.  I am lucky to be able to do what I love in such a fantastic area.

  1. What inspires you / your cooking style?
I am influenced by nature, the abundance of fresh, natural produce available locally, and our outstanding landscape.  My cooking style is inspired by French Provincial produce, people who love producing, harvesting and cooking good quality ingredients, whether in this area or further afield.

  1. Where would you like to dine locally and why?
I would like to eat at one (or all) of the Mhor Restaurants.  Incredibly, I have not eaten at any, although I have  bought from Mhor Bread and Mhor Fish.  Clearly, the Mhor brand is a great success story locally!  So what am I waiting for?

  1. What would be your choice for your ‘last meal’ and who would you invite to dine with you?
My ‘last meal’ would be
Steak Tartare,
‘Baveus’ Omelette Arnold Bennet,
Isles Flotante. 
I would invite Marco Pierre White and Edwina Curry to dine with me J

"STILL" mirrored man sculpture beside The Four Seasons Jetty
 in the Garden on Loch Earn, St Fillans
by Lochearnhead photographer Melanie Lewis

Thursday, 17 April 2014

MHOR Festival 2014 - Monachyle Mhor 24th & 25th May

MHOR Festival MAY 2014
Another exciting line up for this years MHOR Festival on the grounds of Monachyle Mhor and the shores of Loch Doine, Balquhidder. A fun weekend of activities & antics, feasting & frolicking, music & magic.

Saturday 24th May 2014:

Raft Race
The MHOR Festival opening event is the Raft Race on Loch Doine with the theme of "Clans".  Who will pick up the £100 prize money?  Get building now and take part or cheer the participants on the day.

Plenty For The Children
Magwitch Monsters will organise a host of activities including; songs, dancing, musical instruments, traditional party games, giant parachute play, bubble time and Mini Commonwealth Games.

The MHOR Bake Off
This year's cake competition theme is "Commonwealth Cakes" - classic cakes inspired from any of the Commonwealth countries. £100 prize money for the winner. Enter your cake before 3pm.

The Great Scottish Feast
1 Meal with 5 Great Chefs cooking 5 Great Courses

  • Bugsy Malone Bar
  • Big BBQ
  • DJ's: Mash (Mixmag)
  • All Guns Blazing
  • Live Music: Eilidh Shaw & Ross Martin
  • Oyster and Champagne Bar /Pimms

Sunday 25th May 2014: 

Bake a loaf with Masterchef 1/4 finalists 
Bake or bring your best loaf. Two Masterchef quarter finalists will guide you through techniques for the perfect loaf of bread. Enter your loaf into the competition. £100 prize money for the winner 

Omelette Challenge
As seen on James Martins Saturday Morning Show - it'll be a cracking competition!

Shivering Sheiks
Live Music- 50's R&B

A Play A Pie and A Pint
From Glasgow's Oran Mor "arguably the best-vale cultural event in the country" Sunday Times

The legendary Brian McAlpine and Session A9 -back again by popular demand

  • Food and Beer Market
  • Hog Roast
  • Live Band: Rail Fan
  • Mash (Mixmag) & Joshua (Stayfresh)
  • Oyster and Champagne Bar /Pimms

There's Something for everyone and MHOR.  

Travel and Accommodation?
  • Dedicated parking on site
  • Local taxi Highland Glen Travel Lochearnhead or Kingshouse Taxi's
  • Arrange to camp out in the MHOR field with your tent or camper van
  • Check in at Monachyle Mhor or MHOR84
  • Click to enquire about alternative area accommodation here.
NB: Under 14's go free
More information:
Tel: 01877 384 622
Monachyle Mhor Farm
FK19 8PQ

Monday, 14 April 2014

Strathyre Music Festival 24th and 25th May 2014

Jenny Reeve

The Strathyre Music Festival is hosted by local Balvaig Music Group and takes place on 24th and 25th May 2014. 

The Festival has attracted Celebrate Lottery funding towards the costs of delivering what is now widely considered as the Largest Community based Festival in Scotland in 2014. This accolade is even more remarkable for a small community of only 200 residents. This was recently acknowledged by a motion read out and supported by 33 Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Muckle Flugga
Strathyre is the first village in the Scottish Highlands and also resides within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

The Festival is set at several venues in the heart of the village of Strathyre and enjoys the beautiful natural amphitheatre backdrop of Ben Ledi, Ben Sheann and the Two Munro’s Stuc A Chroin and Ben Vorlich. 

The Deadly Winters
The Festival boasts no less than 260 participating musicians representing 53 Solo artists, bands and choir members. The small communities of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead hold a wealth of local talent and many will participate in the Festival. The Festival is an essential event that pulls the local community together in a sense of common purpose and helps with an essential contribution to the local economy, which relies almost entirely on tourism. The Music Festival is helping to restore Strathyre’s position on the map as popular Tourist stop.

Callander Pipe Band
Kenny Higgins chairman of local music Group Balvaig, stated; “We have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Music Festival and we are delighted at the quality of the artists that have agreed to support the event. Demand has been so good we have a sizable waiting list and already bookings for 2015.

Kenny Herbert
The Festival line up includes: The Deadly Winters, Adrian Spina, Stefan van de Sande (Netherlands), Jim Lee and the Edge of Chaos Orchestra, (W.Sussex) Kenny Herbert and the Applebeggars, Muckle Flugga, Dwight and Jo-ann Pereira (Malaysia), Kim Seymour, Chief Chebe African drummers (Ghana) Plus many other impressive acts. Jazz & Blues are also well represented with Callander based Jenne Mcclure Jazz band and Edinburgh’s top Jazz band “Jazz main” led by Nick Gould. Renowned drummer, Phil Ragsdell and the Big Band Rhythm section for Glasgow based GCBB.  Riverside Ceilidh band and Jock the Box will round of the Festival on the Sunday evening with a Big Ceilidh Party Celebration.
K T O'Neil

Festivities start with the Festival Market and it’s special “Commonwealth” theme opening up from 10:00 am with local Crafts, Food and local produce, Music Workshops, busking, face-painting, Juggling and many other attractions likely to appeal to visitors of all ages.
Jock The Box 

The opening ceremony at 11:30am on Saturday 24th May will be preceded by Callander Brass band, Forth Bridges Accordion marching band and Callander Pipers heralding the start of the Festival Celebrations. A special surprise is also planned as part of the opening ceremony.
Wine tasting from Barefoot Wines on  Saturday 24th and the Sunday 25th May. 14 other Stalls with a wide range of  Food and Goods on display. A special opening ceremony will take place on the Saturday at 11:30 am and a large crowd is expected.

Further enquiries:
Kenny Higgins, Balvaig                     
Tel: 01877 384660

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