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Calm during the pandemic

I am sitting upstairs and looking out over the Sound of Sleat. Its low tide and the sea is like glass. Across the water one can just see the tiny community of Airor on Knoydart, one of the most remote areas of Scotland. It is hard to think this beautiful scene reflects a calm that is not felt anywhere in the whole country as we are all stand frozen in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is also hard to even imagine that the whole world stands still in the face of the threat from this tiny beastie when looking at the placid scene. I wonder if it knows how it has humbled human beings…

Lyn and I have isolated ourselves for almost a month now. It is so strange, even here in this quiet place. I spend some time on my photography ‘chasing the light’, as I call it and Lyn is keeping herself busy making stuff for our grandchild who is due to arrive in June. One way or another, this is going to be a year to remember.

We are busy with a difficult task concerning our bookings for 2020. As things have shut down and the future situation is unclear we are doing a rolling cancellation of bookings as things unfold.

Winter – Spring 2020

We realised that we have been neglecting our blog but here is some of the latest goings on here at Speuran Mora Studio: We had some early morning visitors after a long absence – they did not have to book! At this time of year they struggle for food so they had a nibble at our plants. It has been a very wet winter so the arrival of the daffodils are such a welcome sight.

Nature reviving

Nature reviving…

We are so pleased that wildlife is increasing on our property since we planted all the trees and have produced a small garden. Butterflies are returning and we have a resident toad in our compost heap! We also allow much natural habitat to remain in place and that helps too. We and our guests have recently seen hedgehogs and Nadia captured a picture of a young one. She also took this interesting shot of deer peering over the top of the hill.

Road Upgrade – October 2016


We are so pleased that we have had our road tarred, despite the expense!

When it was just a gravel road, the slope was such that all the small binding material was washed out by the rain. It was becoming like driving on marbles! Even our Suzuki was struggling and we were often concerned about the difficulty our guests may be experiencing.


We were amazed at the speed of the tarring and how it was done with this huge machine. Once it was done it was ready for use 4 hours afterwards.


We are not crazy about splashing tar about; it does not fit with the rural feel but this was necessary. The guests seem to enjoy using it and it has taken a lot of worry away.

Being here…

People really seem to enjoy coming to the studio; they are saying the kind of things that show it’s not just the physical place, but being here in its totality. It is so peaceful and quiet you just cannot but help relaxing. It is a place where you can lose those cobwebs and if you are coming from a stressful environment, a place where you can get your spark plugs clean again! We have had folk returning and loving it a second time. For us, it makes it all worthwhile; we want people to feel at home and to relax, breath in the champagne air and unwind…

The last signs of winter and Emerging Spring?

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14th March 2016


We are emerging from the wettest winter in ages. Our hill was sodden like a sponge cake and, with the wind some of our tree stakes and tubes were actually blown over!

Talking about the trees, well there has been phenomenal growth.

When planted, the saplings were just 6 inches tall. Now some, in particular the oaks are topping the 1 meter height of the growth tubes! We have had to rig up a collar of chicken wire to prevent them being damaged by the deer. And that brings me to another topic.

The culling season ended at the end of November, and so did the visits by the small group of deer that used to be a regular thrill for us and all our guests. We assumed the worst, not helped by the fact that a neighbour saw the stag’s body on the back of a truck. The story that went with this was that it had got its antlers caught in some electrified fencing and thus had to be shot. But I am happy to report that a small group of deer are nervously coming back onto the property.

There are signs of a change in the weather as our crocuses and daffodils are flowering and the sheep have returned to the hill getting ready for lambing.

We are also very pleased with the short video constructed by the Cuillin Collective for our website. We hope you are all enjoying it!

The feral cats we feed have attracted a third member. All are neutered.