Natural Environment


On calm days, in late October, the mountain resounds with the roaring of red deer stags rutting. In parts of the estate the heath is dotted with dwarf birch and a mosaic of dwarf shrubs go from the shiny reds of the cowberry and bearberry, through the dusty blue-black of the blaeberry to the glossy black of the crowberry and mountain bearberry.


As winter brings a dusting of snow to the high peaks, you will be lucky to spot the ptarmigan in its winter white plumage or the mountain hare. On a clear winter's day the views from the summit are outstanding with the whole of the Moray Firth spread out beneath you.


The summit of Ben Wyvis is carpeted with grey-green woolly hair moss, but tread lightly as this important habitat is easily damaged. You might spot male ptarmigan displaying to captivate their mates and golden eagles soaring above.


Flocks of dotterel stop by on their way to more northerly breeding sites, and some will stay to breed with the duties of hatching the eggs and tending the young handed over to the male birds. On the lower ground the mosses are also rich and lush in summer and butterflies and dragonflies like the large red damselfly and golden-ringed dragonfly are found around the burns and pools