Have you ever felt the need to escape?
On Sunday, I grabbed my canoe and headed to Strathglass to enjoy the beauty and freedom of the Highlands. About 40 minutes outside of Inverness, the River Glass meanders along a grade 1 stretch of water. This peaceful and remote location can at times be so calm that you could view your own reflection in the waters. If you are lucky enough to visit in Spring, the coconut smell from the gorse and the silver sound of the wind on the water will wish you could capture this scent and essence of the highlands.
One of the best things about this river is the wildlife. Along the banks I witnessed the spring lambs, highland cows and dappled horses. I love to keep an eye out for salmon breaching as the river is a great place for trout and salmon. I also marvelled at the show from the local birds of prey. Seen from below the osprey has white or slightly brown underparts. The long wings are angled, bending at the ‘wrist’ which has a black patch contrasting with the white wing linings. This spectacular fish-eating bird of prey is an Amber List species because of its historical decline (due to illegal killing), and low breeding numbers. This means not only is it incredibly rare to see an Osprey but also incredibility lucky. There are only between 200-250 breeding pairs left in Scotland. Look at the RSPB website to see how you can help these beautiful birds of prey. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-and-wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/o/osprey/
Now you are wondering… how do I sign up for this trip? Do not worry if you are not lucky enough to live in the Highlands you can still give it a go. In Your Element is a local company who occasionally run trips to this. This is the link to their website: https://iye.scot/tours/early-morning-canoe-safari/
If you would like to learn more about canoeing in the highlands don’t hesitate to get in contact with our guides by calling the contact number.