Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Aquila Ecology Activities and Events for Spring

Spring has sprung!

Spring will be turning into summer soon and we have been really blessed with an unseasonably dry and warm spell. The wildflowers are blooming, our Swifts, Swallows, Sand and House Martins have all returned to breed and bats have returned to their summer roosts.
Our local Golden Eagles are incubating eggs and Ospreys are being seen regularly fishing on the loch. So, time to think about your summer holidays- how about a short stay in St Fillans with a nature tour included? 

Extremadura Birding trip

We visited the beautiful Extremadura region of Spain last month and managed to jot up an amazing 127 different bird species in just 7 days! These included: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Griffon, Egyptian and Black Vulture, Montagu's Harrier, Black-winged Kite, Great Bustard, Rock Bunting and so many more.

We are currently taking expressions of interest for next year's trip, so please get in touch if you would like to join us by emailing

Check our interactive trip report below.

Marvellous Malta

In our last newsletter we promised more information on our upcoming trip to Malta this Autumn. The itinerary is coming along nicely and guests can expect to enjoy: a walk through a Mediterranean woodland; a trip to Gozo to include listening to shearwaters at night; cultural trips to Mdina and Valletta; visiting raptor viewpoints; evening bat watches; visits to BirdLife Malta Nature Reserves and evening strolls on the beach.

If interested, please email us:

Summer Events

On Wednesday afternoons from 5th of July until 16th August we will be running children's nature activity sessions at Comrie Croft.  In just 2 hours your kids will become experienced wildlife detectives able to tell you what animals live at the croft, what they eat, where they live and how they spend their days there. There will be fun practical activities and the chance of glue and glitter at some point :)

Sessions will cost £6 per child and are ideal for 7-12 year olds. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Residents and non-residents welcome, but booking is essential as places are limited.

If interested, please email us:

It's bat time of year again

Bat survey season is now in full swing and we're very busy conducting roost assessment and activity surveys. However, this is also the time of year when bat casualties come to our attention. Every year the Bat Conservation Trust's National Bat Helpline receives thousands of calls from concerned members of the public who have happened across injured bats, usually around homes and gardens. Luckily there are a number of Bar Carer volunteers across the country who are able to take in these bats and nurse them back to health (not all, but we try). Enter the little guy in the photo. Andrea got a call to attend a house with an injured bat on Sunday 6th May. He seemed to have something wrong with a finger and clearly did not want to attempt to fly. After a week of R and R he was transferred to a 'flight cage' and encouraged to fly which he did. He was released back where he came from on the following Thursday evening. A happy ending.

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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".