Wildlife

Nigg Bay (RSPB)
An extensive area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland on the north of the Cromarty Firth. Large numbers of bar-tailed godwits, wigeon, knots and pink-footed geese use the bay for feeding and roosting in winter. This is a natural site with unimproved paths and trails - the access around this site may not be suitable for all visitors. If you have concerns, please contact the reserve or regional office before your visit to discuss your requirements.

Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve (SNH)
This shallow tidal estuary of the River Fleet offers great wildlife viewing opportunities. Waders and duck feed out on the mud at low tide and eider duck dive for mussels.

In summer arctic and common terns fish the shallows and ospreys are seen regularly. In winter large numbers of wigeon graze the eelgrass on the tidal flats. There is a good footpath through the pinewood on the north shore. Here you may see Scottish crossbill, crested tit and red squirrel.

Ecoventures
Take an exhilarating boat trip to view the best of what the Moray Firth has to offer. After a short introduction, board the high speed RIB heading out into the Inner Moray Firth where one can encounter the resident colony of Bottlenose Dolphins. Also look out for Harbour Porpoise, Common and Grey Seals and the occasional Minke Whale.

Black Isle Wildlife & Country Park
If you are interested in animals and birds or just countryside, you will enjoy a visit to this quiet corner of the Black Isle, an ideal place for all the family. Come and feed the friendly ducks, geese and swans on the many ponds. Make contact with our friendly goats and stroke the cuddly rabbits. See the pot-bellied pigs, rare sheep and cattle.

How To Get Here

Pitcalzean House. Location of large self-catering property

Indeed our children, having been recent devotees of Downton Abbey, adapted to the lifestyle and decided to offer the company afternoon tea in the library on a daily basis, with silver service and wonderful cakes. We rather liked it! One small grand daughter offered to buy the house forever!
E.L. Aberdeen.

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About Pitcalzean House

This large self-catering property is available for exclusive use. Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House with a distinguished past. It is one of the finest large properties available to rent on the NC500. This self-catering property in the Scottish Highlands is available and is perfect for large groups, family holidays or reunions. The property is available as a corporate meeting venue in the North of Scotland.  Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House available as a Wedding Venue.

You will get a personal co-ordinator to help with the catering, hold your own ceilidh and help reccomend local activities. Pitcalzean House is a large property  available for exclusive use which sleeps up to 38 in the house and cottage.

With its own party barn this property is ideal as an exclusive party venue.

Pitcalzean House, Pitcalnie, Near Tain, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV19 1QT

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