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When you think of the Scottish Highlands and the food it produces you may think of beef or salmon, but what about cheese? Yes that’s right cheese! There are many cheeses that are traditional and unique to the Highlands and Islands.
Crowdie was made as a welcome addition to the limited diet of farmers and crofters throughout the Highlands. If there was ever any spare milk available, the cream would be skimmed off to churn for butter. The leftover milk was then left by the range to ferment and set like yoghurt. The curd was then put directly on to heat and scrambled like eggs. It was then hung in muslin or a pillow case to drain off the whey and then some salt was added. Ta da, you then had Crowdie!
Another lovely cheese is the rich and creamy Strathdon Blue. This blue cheese is made from the two remaining dairy herds in Caithness. The treeless flow country that overlooks the Pentland Firth and Orkney is home to traditional Friesian and Ayrshire cows that are the only breeds able to cope with the climate. This award winning cheese is produced by Highland Fine Cheeses, owned by the Stone family who have been cheesemakers in the Highlands since 1951. They are based in The Royal Burgh of Tain and alongside the Strathdon Blue they make Highland Brie, Black Crowdie, Caboc, Blue Monday and Highland Crowdie.
There are some lovely venues in the Scottish Highlands that you can visit and take a shot at throwing a pot!
If you take a trip to Loch An Eilein Pottery in Aviemore you can see a lovely selection of hand thrown earthenware pottery. Nestled in the Rothiemurcas Estate in the Cairngorms National Park, you can take your time watching resident specialist Penny Weir creating the pieces made of red earthenware and glazed in some beautiful blues, greens and rich turquoises. You can then browse what has previously been created or on Thursdays you can book a slot and throw your own pot, a charming item to bring back from your holiday.
For those who would rather just browse and watch the experts in action there is The Tain Pottery and Visitor Centre. Situated just south of the Royal Burgh of Tain, you can soak up the atmosphere of the potters hard at work and also view the Highland landscape that provides much inspiration to those hard at work.
Creating your own piece of pottery or bringing home something you have watched being made makes a lovely centre piece and talking point for your home. Getting away for a few days and finding an alternative way to relax on the pottery tour could be the holiday of your year!
Before you have even reached a destination, a drive along the A9 should showcase the majestic red deer. Scotland’s most commonly associated animal, there are around 300,000 in Scotland so you are never too far away from a potential spotting. The red deer is the largest land mammal in Britain and their hide is a dark red or brown colour during the summer and it changes to a darker brown or grey during the winter.
Taking a stop in the Cairngorms National Park could lead to you seeing two very different creatures. Believe it or not, there is a bird that migrates to Scotland each spring from western Africa and this amazing black and white bird is the osprey. There are now around 200 pairs in Scotland and it returns each April to lay its eggs where it stays through until September. For some great osprey birdwatching why not visit RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre.
You may also be treated to the site of a red squirrel. Now endangered in much of the UK, three quarters of the remaining population can be found in Scotland. With its lovely red coat, bushy tail and tufted ears it really is a charming animal.
These are just a few on the animals that can be seen while visiting the Highlands of Scotland. There is also the chance to view dolphins, seals, salmon, otters and puffins, amongst others.
There is something amazing about seeing animals in their natural habitat and you don’t need to go too far to see some wonderful sights. Look at our accommodation and book a holiday where you can watch our Scottish Wildlife at its best.