Old Milton borders the Insh Marshes, an RSPB protected area that covers 10 square kilometres of the River Spey floodplain between Kingussie and Kincraig.
The area is a particularly important wetland, supporting populations of breeding waders including: curlew; lapwing; redshank; and snipe. It is also the temporary home of the Whooper Swan which arrives from Iceland in October and stays until the spring. The proximity of the house to the wetlands will provide much joy to ornithologists who can watch the valley unfold before them from the comfort of the drawing room or the vantage point of the 8th tee.
Closer to home, various conservation projects are underway to ensure the ecosystem, rich in
flora and fauna, is preserved for future generations.
We have recently planted 5,000 new trees, including wild cherry, alder, aspen, and mixed native shrubs, which will surround a woodland walk with stunning views up the Spey Valley. We have also expanded the small lochan, home to a territorial Osprey, and are protecting much of the estate for wildflower meadows.
Combined with ensuring no pesticides or chemicals are used in estate maintenance, an observant guest can spot many species of moth and butterfly while exploring the grounds, including the rare Northern Brown Argus and the Northern Emerald Dragonfly, recently spotted on the 6th tee.
Come and see Old Milton and the surrounding wildlife for yourself! Check availability and get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.
Photos by Katrina Watson