Walking and biking in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, near Shenval B&B Walking and biking in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, near Shenval B&B Walking and biking in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, near Shenval B&B

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Local events around Loch Ness and Glen Affric are regularly highlighted in our Shenval B&B News here.
Away from the main thoroughfares of the Highlands of Scotland, Shenval organic Bed and Breakfast is in no way a backwater as our other Activities, Highland Games, Entertainment and Outdoor pages links in the left hand column clearly illustrate. Traditional Scottish and Celtic music, festivals, exhibitions, also get a wee mention in this page. Enjoy…

One of the green tourism pursuits available from Shenval B&B is birdwatching. Only a short drive from your B&B accommodation at Shenval B&B, the RSPB’s Tollie Red Kites site provides close-up views of our most graceful bird of prey, with equally stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis. Food is put out daily by a team of local volunteers and you can enjoy your birdwatching from the comfort of a specially-converted farmstead building. The visitor centre is open from 9 am to 5 pm but there is open access to the outdoor viewing screens. Feeding time is 2.30 pm in summer (BST) and 1.30 pm in winter (GMT).
For directions to the site see http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/tollieredkites/about.aspx
Shenval B&B TripAdvisor  Service Excellence award winner
"Based on consistently high ratings for service", TripAdvisor® have declared Shenval B&B 2016 Winner for Service Excellence. This certificate is awarded to qualifying accommodation listed on TripAdvisor that maintain a high overall user rating between 4 and 5 points and a high volume of recent and quality reviews. Thank you to all our guests who have rated us so highly.
 2013 will be remembered as the midge-free year and a year of drought in Shenval with no precipitation to speak of from the end of January till mid October.


January 1st had us blink and not because of any hangover: a mermaid welcomed us in Balintore on the shores of the Moray Firth, north of Inverness. Does Shenval B&B provide a hallucinating experience?


In February, only  a short drive from Shenval B&B, Glen Affric always has wildlife encounters in store for the early visitors: overwintering  whooper swans ruling the calm waters of Loch Affric and red deer stags claiming the Caledonian pine forest  as their own


Early March sees us on a rambling day discovering new territory and capturing the whole of Loch Ness on camera at Beinn a’ Bhacaidh, not far from Shenval B&B

Mermaid of the North, Balintore by Shenval B&B

 Loch Affric whooper swans near Shenval B&B     Glen Affric Caledonian forest stag, near Shenval B&B

            Loch Ness panorama near Shenval B&B, Beinn a'Bhacaidh

Coupled with high winds the very dry weather brought more than 200 wildfires across the Highlands at the end of March and dust-bowl storms in Nairn and Moray in April.

Dust storm in Nairn not far from Shenval B&B







May at Shenval B&B was highlighted by a concert night thanks to our guests who had brought their guitar, song sheets and amateur talent. Traditional Scottish and Celtic music, sing alongs and good laughs were had by all. Shenval B&B ceilidh night





Loch Kishorn from Applecross hilltops In June, just over a couple of hours’ drive from Shenval B&B our hillwalking in the hills of Applecross and Ullapool (Cul Mor) did provide two sunny outings and outstanding views of hills and sea. Suilven  and Canisp from Cul Mor

How environmentally friendly is Shenval B&B?  We do welcome wildlife in our garden, for example. A totally unexpected newcomer to our Shenval B&B organic garden in July has been a leveret which delighted our breakfasting guests with his early morning antics throughout the summer and well into October.

Early August provided an unusually rich wildlife watching  week from our own doorsteps: the fast growing leveret is having a weed-clearing feast in the prehistoric hut circle in our back garden on the 5th and 7th,  A redkite is seen hovering over Shenval on the 8th, a stoat comes right up to our kitchen doorsteps on the 9th and a roe deer has an early morning stroll just across the road from our front door on the 10th.

Shenval B&B garden hare


December despite its short daylight hours can bring some stunning light like this captured over Urquhart Bay, Loch Ness, 10 minutes from Shenval B&B Loch Ness Urquhart Bay near Shenval B&b at dusk



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