"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."
John Muir (1838 – 1914), Scottish born environmentalist and founder of the national parks movement.
We purchased Morenish Mews in 2006 and from the start we determined to maintain the properties and grounds in an environmentally-sustainable way. We joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme in 2008 and since 2010 have been rated "Gold".
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact, we constantly review our performance and try to make improvements in the following areas.
Monitoring: We monitor electricity and car use and make savings wherever possible.
Energy: We reduce our carbon footprint by using:
- Solar thermal panels to heat hot water and solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity;
- A+++ rated fridges and washing machine;
- Low-energy or LED lighting in most areas;
- Minimum of 300mm of loft insulation;
- Double glazed windows and doors.
Water: Although we have our own water supply we attempt to conserve water by reducing the toilet flush volume. We also use environmentally-friendly cleaning products and washing machine powders.
Waste: We encourage our guests to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic containers, glass bottles and metal cans & foil and to compost raw vegetable matter. We also reuse former building materials found on site such as brick, stone and slate.
Purchasing: We consider environmental impact when ordering goods by:
- Using recycled paper or paper from sustainable sources;
- Buying Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar;
- Using local businesses to provide food for welcome baskets.
- We encourage guests to use our local community-based grocer, farm shop and wholefood cafe. And we provide each accommodation unit with a herb garden so that fresh herbs don't have to be purchased at all!
Travel: We promote the use of public transport by:
- Describing public transport options on our website;
- Promoting public transport in our leaflets and discussions with guests;
- Providing details of a wide range of local walks, cycles and non-car based activities.
- For links to public transport timetables see our "Location" page.
Wild Garden & Wildlife
The wild woodland garden, above the car park road and behind the main house, is a haven for insect life, especially butterflies and bees. We have some 200 trees in our two woodland areas, separated by a rushing burn (stream). A network of broad paths traverses the wild garden and forms part of our garden trail from which you can try to identify the 14 types of tree present on the property.
Badgers come into the garden but are rarely seen. Other visitors include red squirrels, stoats, hares, pine martens, foxes and voles. Red deer stags visit from autumn through spring.
Water-loving plants such as yellow iris and bog myrtle thrive around our pond. Frogs inhabit the pond but it is easier to hear them on a summer night than to see them. Recently several newts have also been seen in the pond.
The garden also hosts a variety of birds, beautiful butterflies, moths and bats. For a number years, until it blew down in a storm, ospreys nested in a pine tree on the ridge between Morenish Mews and the loch. They can still be seen occasionally, perching on dead larch trees towards the loch. Peregrine falcons can also be seen on these trees from time to time. Golden eagles may be seen occasionally soaring over the hills to the north of the road and buzzards are frequently seen from the garden.
Over the course of a year one can see quite a number of bird species in the garden. Birds that have been seen at least once include: heron and mallard; buzzard, kestrel & sparrowhawk; pheasant, partridge & woodcock; black grouse; collared dove; wood pigeon; great spotted woodpecker; swallow & house martin; pied wagtail & grey wagtail; wren; dipper; dunnock; robin; song thrush & mistle thrush; blackbird; great tit, coal tit & blue tit; tree creeper; magpie; carrion crow & hooded crow; jackdaw; starling; chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, bullfinch & siskin; yellowhammer; redwing; house sparrow; spotted flycatcher; willow and wood warbler. At night one can hear (and occasionally see) both tawny owls and barn owls.
Community: We participate in community organisations (Killin Community Choir; Loch Tay Community Interest Company; Killin & Ardeonaig Community Development Trust). We are active members of the Breadalbane Tourism Circle, encouraging visitors to come to the area.