Mountainview, like so much of the Highlands, was nothing more than a poorly performing commercial sitka plantation when we bought it in 2014.
Expert opinion at the time was that felling the sitka would be commercially viable in 2019-20. Sadly, in 2020 we were told it would likely be another 5 years before we could replace the sitka with a variety of thoughtfully planted native trees, bushes and wildflowers.
We subsequently got to work on an unplanted area, and with the advice of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the help of some volunteers, we fenced several acres of land and planted over 1500 trees which will provide shelter for wildlife.
The estate at Mountainview overlooks the majestic Loch Loyne. Known to fishermen as one of the best pike lochs in the Highlands, our lairds are able to enjoy the opportunity to explore the area and fish the loch whenever they visit.