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    A Rewilding Journey in the Cairngorms

    2 reviews

    Next Trip: 1st - 7th Jul 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Trip Type: Wildlife
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    Imagine a Scotland where nature is reawakened. Where the lost tapestry of Scots pine, rowan, birch, oak, aspen, alder and hazel that once draped itself across our hillsides is stitched back together. Where our land and seascapes teem once again with wildlife. Where nature-based enterprises support thriving communities. Where human connections to the natural world are strengthened in villages and cities. Where land and sea, people and wildlife, businesses and culture flourish together.

    This is rewilding. Rewilding in Scotland is part of a growing worldwide movement that seeks to bring about the large-scale restoration of ecosystems on land and at sea. Many exciting rewilding initiatives are underway in the Scottish Highlands that will see large areas of forest, peatland and wetland restored and revitalised. These are the places where sea eagles soar, pine martens forage and beavers shape forest and loch. These are the places where one day, lynx might stalk their prey again.

    Our journey will blend time spent in beautiful wild places, breathing in the air, listening to the silence. We will picnic alongside cascading rivers and seek out enriching encounters with wild animals. Along the way, we discover and learn about pioneering rewilding projects fighting back for nature and meet the inspiring people involved. At the end of each day, we return to our cosy lodgings where delicious, locally sourced food awaits, and our evenings conclude with several thought-provoking presentations and discussions across a broad spectrum of rewilding topics.

     

    Trip Highlights

    • Explore rewilding sites in the Scottish Highlands in the company of local expert guides.
    • Look out for eagles, beaver, osprey and more.
    • Relax in the comfort of a secluded lodge in one of Scotland's most beautiful glens.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrival

    Your guide will meet you at Kingussie train station in the Cairngorms National Park, and a short transfer takes you to our mountain lodge accommodation in beautiful Glen Feshie. After arrival and introductions, we will enjoy ‘Scottish’ cocktails, followed by a presentation setting the scene for our adventure. We’ll then enjoy our first evening meal together at the lodge. (D)

    Day 2 – Wild Glens

    This morning, we set off on a short pre-breakfast walk around our base and discover its 120-acre rewilding reserve. After a hearty breakfast, we take a hike to a secluded forest waterfall before immersing ourselves in the regenerating landscape of Glenfeshie. After decades of ecological decline, the native pinewoods here are bursting back to life and racing up the previously bare hillsides – a fantastic example of what nature can do, given a chance. We enjoy a picnic lunch next to the cascading river before spending time watching our local ospreys on a spectacular island nest. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 – Wild Deeside and Beavers

    Today is one of contrasts as we head east to the celebrated Mar Lodge Estate on Deeside. On the way, we pass through a very different landscape primarily dedicated to driven grouse shooting. We spend some time gazing out over the vast moorland and talk about the challenges with land management in this part of Scotland. Mar Lodge is a very different world to much of Deeside and we meet one of their rangers who shows us how and why the landscape here is recovering.

    Our evening meal is taken at a local restaurant before spending the evening witnessing the incredible work of one of Scotland’s most celebrated rewilding characters: the beaver. We take a few hours quietly watching this industrious wetland engineer and learn about the changes they bring about. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 – Working with Nature

    Today, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before visiting a local farm undergoing a transformation from sheep pasture to a rich mosaic of woodland, wetland and flower meadow. Nearby is another pioneering example where the owners are working alongside nature to produce healthy food that is supplied to the local community. Before dinner, we enjoy a guest presentation. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – Caledonian Pinewood

    The pinewoods of the Cairngorms are magical and mystical. Although the howl of wolves has fallen silent (for now), the forest is still home to red squirrels, golden eagles and pine martens. In Abernethy Forest, one of the largest tracts of surviving woodland, we join a ranger and learn about how, for the first time in centuries, the forest is now expanding, attracting new species, such as breeding white-tailed eagles. 

    We conclude our inspiring journey with a leisurely walk to a beautiful viewpoint looking out over the vast landscapes of the Cairngorms and reflecting on how the view may change as the influence of rewilding grows. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Depart for Home

    After a relaxed breakfast, we’ll leave the lodge and return you to Kingussie Station for the end of the trip. (B)

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    A Rewilding Journey in the Cairngorms

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This itinerary is based in a single location for the week, at a private mountain lodge in a secluded glen in the Cairngorms. The accommodation offers double and twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

    The lodge is unlicensed, so there will be an opportunity to stop at a local shop on the first day to purchase any alcoholic drinks you would like during your stay.

    Single Rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers however, you may be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we can check to see if one is available for you. There is no supplement for single rooms as we have exclusive use of the lodge, but availability is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6 are included in this itinerary. Included dinners are two courses as standard.
    Throughout the journey, varied produce will be served up in hearty and imaginative meals. Any special dietary requirements can, of course, be catered for.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 5 nights accommodation in a welcoming lodge accommodation
    • All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide/driver throughout
    • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Kingussie
    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    Your Guide will meet you at Kingussie railway station at 5:00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Kingussie station for 10:30am on the final day of your trip.

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Graded Wildlife Holidays 1-3
    All of our wildlife trips are graded Green and involve straightforward hiking with no major ascents, as well as other activities which are pitched at novice level. You can expect to be active for around 5 hours each day so you will need a reasonable level of fitness. Please note that there may be some early starts and late nights as we seek to maximise our chances of finding wildlife, although you can always opt out of activities if you prefer an early night or long lie in the morning!

    So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this kind of trip, ask yourself:

    1. Are you generally active and, for example, happy to hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places?
    2. Are you up for a challenge and trying new activities such as sea kayaking or boat trips?
    3. Are you looking for a wildlife trip which involves more than simply sitting in a hide?

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 reviews of Wildlife Adventures – A Rewilding Journey in the Cairngorms

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    Ria Robinson

    Reviewed on 19/10/2021

    Age: 30 - 40
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 02/10/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Great trip all round, thank you

    LR

    Luke Robinson

    Reviewed on 18/10/2021

    Age: 30 - 40
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 02/10/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    It was a fantastic trip. Very informative. Accommodation was great as was the food. Couldn't have asked for much more really. Some of the longer journeys were a little tedious, not helped by the current covid mask rules. However that wasn't in your control and is the nature of traveling around Scotland. Would love to come back and see the progress of the rewilding efforts.

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