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    The Scottish Highlands

    30 reviews

    Next Trip: 29th - 5th May 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From £1,735 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: Multi-Location
    Trip Type: Wildlife
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    This wildlife holiday in Scotland is a fresh way to experience the fantastic and diverse wildlife of the Scottish Highlands.

    Rather than being a list-ticking trip, it’s designed to be a fun and informative multi-activity trip across the Highlands.

    Led by our expert guides, we’ll seek out species such as dolphins, red deer and golden eagles as we explore Scotland’s wild places. And while we will visit a hide or two, most of the wildlife will be encountered as we enjoy activities such as boat trips, walks and even some sea kayaking. All activities will be conducted at an easy pace, so are suitable for everyone to enjoy.

    Trip Highlights

    • Dolphin-watching on an exciting boat trip.
    • Finding Scotland's largest birds of prey - sea eagles, golden eagles and ospreys.
    • Sea kayaking with seals in the West Highlands.
    • Visit a wildlife hide at dusk to see pine marten and badgers.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Loch Ness

    On the way to Strontian, we stop at Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle, the spectacular ruined castle on the banks of the loch. Rumour has it that Nessie resides in a sub-aqua cave beneath the castle, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled and may end this wildlife trip with a sighting of the most elusive creature of all. (D)

    Day 2 – Isle of Mull, Eagles and Otters

    From our hotel, it’s a short transfer to the pier where we jump on the ferry for the 15-minute crossing to the Isle of Mull. We’ll go in search of its famous sea eagles and golden eagles, as well as spending time on the coast looking for otters. Even the ferry journey offers the chance to look for dolphins, whales and basking sharks. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 – Sea Kayaking with Seals

    Today, we enjoy sea kayaking in the sheltered waters of the Arisaig skerries. This relaxed day will allow us to enjoy close encounters with seals, and perhaps even otters or porpoises. No experience is needed to enjoy the sea kayaking and you’ll be looked after by qualified, expert guides. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 – RSPB Reserve and Evening Hide Visit

    Today we transfer east to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, where we enjoy an afternoon stop at the RSPB Reserve at Insh Marshes. One of the most important wetlands in Europe, we can look out for many bird species such as lapwing, redshank and curlew. Roe deer can also be seen here. After checking into our hotel and having dinner, we head out for an evening excursion to a wildlife hide. As dusk falls, we hope to see species such as pine marten and badger. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – Mountain Species of the Cairngorms

    Today we explore the wildlife of the Cairngorm mountains. Accessing the mountains from a high-level car park at 2000 feet, we enjoy an easy hike into the Northern Corries, where we hope to see Scotland’s only herd of reindeer. We’ll also look out for red deer, mountain hares, ptarmigan and golden eagles – as well as enjoying the spectacular scenery. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 – Dolphins and Dunes

    Show-casing the diversity of the Scottish Highlands, a short transfer from our hotel in the mountains takes us to the coast where we hop onto a boat for a dolphin-spotting excursion in the Moray Firth, one of the best places in Scotland to see these playful creatures. Back on dry land, we’ll enjoy a beautiful coastal walk, exploring the sand dunes and nature of this often overlooked coastline. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 – Ospreys and Red Squirrels

    Leaving the hotel after breakfast we visit a nearby nature reserve where we should be able to see ospreys, red squirrels and a number of other species which inhabit this beautiful and ancient Scots Pine Forest. (B)

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    Wildlife Adventures
    The Scottish Highlands

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    29th Apr - 5th May 20238 places leftUNCONFIRMED£1,735Book Now
    20th May - 26th May 20237 places leftUNCONFIRMED£1,735Book Now
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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    In Ardnamurchan, we stay at a small, family-run, Highland guest house which has one of the best panoramic loch and mountain views in Scotland. The hotel was renovated in 2008 and offers comfortable rooms with free wi-fi. The meals here are a delight, with a strong focus on locally sourced produce.

    We spend 3 nights in and around the Cairngorms National Park. Our base here is at the beautiful Dalrachney Lodge, located in a sleepy Highland village called Carrbridge. Dalrachney Lodge offers the highest standards of customer care and service, all set in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

    Single rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. For this itinerary, a supplement of £285 per person will be payable where a single, en-suite room is required. Single occupancy rooms are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7 are included on this trip. The meals throughout this wildlife tour of the Scottish Highlands are a delight, with a strong focus on seasonal and locally sourced produce.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels
    • Most 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 Inverness
    • All boat trips and ferry transfers
    • Dolphin spotting boat trip
    • 1 Day guided sea kayaking including all equipment
    • Entrance fees to wildlife hides, nature reserves and historical sites as per itinerary
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 2:00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness station by 1:00pm on the final day.

    For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

    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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    Make This Trip Private

    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.

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    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 30 reviews of Wildlife Adventures – The Scottish Highlands

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    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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    Jonelle Banks

    Reviewed on 01/07/2022

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 11/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I enjoyed the added bonus of getting to shop from a few local artisan places. I like to support small independent people when I get the chance. I also liked the impromptu night at the pub to guide us in some whiskey tasting and our post hike beer to celebrate a wonderful day.

    SH

    Stephanie Hubbard

    Reviewed on 27/06/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 11/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I signed up for this trip because - well I'm a woman and was nervous, and wanted the guidance and confidence to explore that I thought the tour could give me. What I got was so much more! The comradery of my fellows, the care of our leader and naturalists made each very cool experience evenmore enjoyable! After years of being a single mom to a teen (I'm a widow) and being in a caring profession (I'm a therapist ) this trip, snuck up on me: I felt so cared for and well taken care of with Wilderness Scotland that even as I found the outings on the trip challenging in a fun way, I was so well cared for, the trip as a whole was truly refreshing. My trip with Wilderness Scotland and Sam was far beyond my expectations and really quite remarkable - I can't wait til my next one.

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    Sophie Copland

    Reviewed on 26/06/2022

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United Arab Emirates
    Trip Date: 11/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    An excellent week! A broad range of experiences and we were so lucky with the amount of wildlife we saw particulary the Sea Eagle and Osprey chicks and the elusive pine marten. The weather was also very kind! Had an absolute blast and would recommend the experience wholeheartedly. I was a bit nervous as a solo traveller but everyone in the group bonded very early on and much fun was had!

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