Green Awareness 


The Brewers Cottage commitment to a greener future


The Brewers Cottage is keen to work towards a greener future and preserve the location for forthcoming generations. The conservation of the Scottish Highlands especially the Glen Affric area is paramount for us, and we would like you to join us in doing our bit towards a greener future.  

When we took over the cottage in 2012 the cottage already had a very natural cosy feel, principally due the work that had been done by the previous owners.  In a bid to become even more energy efficient we have built on the work of the previous owners by adding energy efficient radiant heaters, a new more proficient power shower in the bathroom, and in a bid to reduce heat loss the roof space and some of the walls have been insulated, in addition low energy light bulbs have fitted throughout. This work is ongoing please bear with us.

Outside in the garden we are working hard towards creating a wildlife friendly environment with the addition of more bird boxes, bat boxes, bee houses and bird feeding areas. The pond unfortunately was, we felt a hazard, and as such was drained over the winter and replaced with insect and bee attracting flowering plants. More planting is due to take place over the coming years. We cannot make everything  happen overnight, please bear with us as we continue to make subtle but beneficial improvements to the cottage. We have added numerous fruit trees and bushes which we invite you our guest to help yourself to during the fruiting season. 

Please aid us in encouraging wildlife into the garden by feeding the birds at the various feeding stations, and note your sightings in the wildlife journal so that other visitors know just what to look out for at various times of the year. 

However... in working towards a greener future WE NEED YOUR HELP! As guests at the cottage we hope that as well as enjoying your stay you can help contribute to us becoming more energy efficient, and green aware.
If you find the cottage is too warm for your requirements the radiant heaters can be individually turned off, please don’t leave electrical items such as the TV on standby, and switch electrical items, and lights off in rooms you are not using. An outdoor washing line and wet weather drying area has been provided for your use.

The cottage operates a septic waste tank and for that reason we fully encourage the use (where possible) of eco-friendly products, we also request the responsible disposal of infant and personal hygiene products.


Please assist us further by recycling - plastic, paper, cans and cardboard can all be placed in the recycling bin outside, glass however needs to be taken to Cannich for recycling, or taken home with you. Vegetable and fruit peelings, teabags, and ashes from the log burning stove can be added to the composting area in the garden - which we will eventually dig back into the flower beds. In the interest of hygiene, and the welfare of young children visiting the cottage please clean up prudently after your dog – dog waste must be contained in a sealed bag before being placed in the outside refuse bin. 

                                             

We understand that many of you will have traveled a long way to reach the cottage, there are numerous lovely walks from the cottage and we would encourage you to leave the car and explore on foot, alternately cycles can be hired from the campsite in Cannich. A safe storage area for your own or hired bikes can be found at the rear of the property. We can highly recommend the riding stables in Cougie for those who prefer four legs to two wheels(Booking is essential.  There is also a bus service into Inverness which will readily collect, and return you to the bottom of the drive! 

And lastly you will take home more than just photos and memories by getting involved there are many organisations and charities working hard to secure the long-term future of the Scottish Highlands – they all appreciate your support and involvement, you will feel a sense of involvement, and a part of the community by following their efforts. The Brewers Cottage currently supports the work of three charities: The RSPB, The John Muir Trust and Trees for Life.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT helping The Brewers Cottage become a little greener and conservation aware - we genuinely appreciate your assistance.


The Brewers Cottage Tomich, Near Cannich, Beauly. IV4 7LY

 

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