Our farm and accommodation in Nethybridge are ideally situated for touring the Cairngorms and the Highlands. Below are a few of the many things available:-
Fishing on the Spey ; Golfing ; Riding The Steam Train ; Distilleries ; Ospreys and Bird Watching ; Nethybridge ; Grantown-on-Spey ; Speyside Way ;
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Abernethy Forest: From exploitation to conservation
As you walk through the forest today, you will encounter a very different atmosphere to the hustle and bustle of industrial and agricultural activity which characterised the past.
From the 17th to the 19th century, the Lairds of Grant who became the Earls of Seafield placed great demands on the Forest of Abernethy. There were many and varied attempts to exploit the woods, in response to the needs of the war and building of settlements. This provided supplementary work for local people and, next to agriculture, was the most important industry in Abernethy. The resident population was at its highest then, but by 1870 the forest was cleared of people to make way for deer and wealthy shooting tenants.
Today the forest has several owners who manage it for different reasons. As you amble peacefully along, listen for the sounds of insects, birds and wildlife. Much of the forest is now managed for its conservation value, as it supports an important natural habitat for many special species, like Crested Tits, Red Squirrels, Caper Caillie, Scottish Crossbills and of course Caledonian Scots Pine Trees.