Lyndale Journal

BY SEA TO THE GLENELG BROCHS

  The Skye to Glenelg Ferry Crossing Recently we had friends staying and took the opportunity to take scenic drive and  a unique ferry ride to show them the brochs over on the mainland at Glenelg. I have previously written about the  broch nearby to Lyndale, Dun Suladale, but the Glenelg brochs are in a better condition having […]

SCOTTISH NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

  Scottish Nature Photography Awards Lyndale is a great destination for photographers, and we are proud to sponsor this competition with a prize of a weekend stay here for the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2014. The Scottish Nature Photography Awards celebrate nature, wildlife and landscape photography in Scotland. The Scottish Nature Photography Awards Photographic Competition 2014 is […]

SKYE WEDDING AT LYNDALE

    Skye wedding at Lyndale We often have guests who spend their honeymoon here at Lyndale. A Skye wedding is very special – the Island is a wonderful venue. This week we have had a lovely couple Manon and Patrick from Luxembourg along with their 2 young children staying with us in the Gate […]

Fantastic Fungi in the Woods at Lyndale, Skye

Fantastic Fungi in the Woods at Lyndale Bracket Fungi, growing on one of the trees in the woods here Lyndale.  It’s one of several species that grow here.  It’s a shame they’re not edible, as they grow very readily here  The conditions here are good for  species such as Ceps, Chanterelle and other edible fungi […]

Highland Games

Portree Highland Games The sun shone for the Highland games in Portree this afternoon. Opened – as always – by the Isle of Skye Pipe Band, wearing their new kilts made with the Isle of Skye tartan.  It is a great day out for families and visitors, and it’s always better when the sun shines. […]

SUMMER VISITORS – SWALLOWS

Swallows are regular summer visitors to Lyndale.  I often wonder how many generations they’ve been coming to our woodshed for.   These wee guys are going to need to get stuck into the midges before they head off back to Africa. It never ceases to amaze me that the adults fly this far north to […]

THE WEATHER HERE ON SKYE? IN A WORD – IT’S HOT, HOT, HOT!

Do we have a weather fixation?  Well, yes – a bit!  Today’s weather is perfect for all sorts of activity, or inactivity, if that’s the way you prefer spending your holiday time.  A swim off the rocks late afternoon, perhaps? Or reading that last chapter of that really good book you brought to Skye with […]

ORCHIDS in the meadow

The meadow at Lyndale is full of grasses, buttercups and orchids at this time of the year.  With darkness so scarce just now, each plant is making the most of the longer daylight hours, and the lower lying areas of Skye become lush, verdant and green. Perhaps less obvious than the others, the butterfly orchid […]

Bluebells & sunshine in the woods.

Auld man’s bell, glockenblume, ring-o-bells and wild hyacinth are all names used for bluebells. In Scotland the hare bell is known as a bluebell!  The official name is  Hyacinthoides non-scrpta. , and the UK has around 50% of the world’s bluebell population. We have our share here in the woods at Lyndale. Bluebells – the […]

RHODODENDRON

RHODODENDRON   This rhododendron near to the house is always the first to flower. Many of the others around the house are rhododendronon ponticum which is very similar, being more purple in colour. Introduced by the Victorians  for its’ attractive flowers R.ponticum can invade a site. It has a detrimental effect on earthworms, birds, plants and […]