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    The Scottish Highlands

    43 reviews

    Next Trip: 6th - 12th Apr 2025 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip Type: Wildlife
    Accommodation: Classic
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    On a carefully crafted, fully guided adventure, discover the wonderful wildlife and beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

    From wild coastlines to mountain plateaus, ancient forests to sandy bays, explore by foot, by boat and by kayak Scotland’s diverse habitats and the plants, animals and insects they support. Led by an expert and highly knowledgeable guide, enjoy spending time on the beautiful Isle of Mull, in the rugged Cairngorms National Park and on the quiet coastline of Moray. By the sea, search for sea eagles, otters, seals and dolphins. Further inland, hike in the hills with the chance of spotting ptarmigan, grouse, dotterel and golden eagles. Lower down, ribbon your way through ancient pine forests, keeping an eye out for red squirrels, red deer and the incredibly elusive capercaillie.

    Along the way, enjoy cosy accommodation, delicious food, and lovely company as you celebrate the wildlife of the Highlands.

     

    Trip Highlights

    • Search for Scotland's largest birds of prey: sea eagles, golden eagles and ospreys.
    • Sea kayak with seals in a turquoise, sheltered bay on the West Coast.
    • Visit a wildlife hide at dusk with the chance of spotting badgers and pine martens.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

    Meet your Wilderness guide at Inverness Train Station this morning and begin winding your way south along the shores of Loch Ness. Stop to visit Urquhart Castle, a site that has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s history. Learn about its distinctly Highland heritage by exploring the iconic ruins and examining the remarkable collections of artefacts left by former residents. Continue towards the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, arriving at your friendly hotel, which looks out across the seaweed-strewn shores and shimmering waters of Loch Sunart. (L, D)

    Day 2 – Isle of Mull and Sea Eagles

    After a relaxed breakfast, catch the small white ferry to the Isle of Mull. Deeply indented by sea lochs and dominated by the impressive mass of Ben More (a Munro at 966 meters), Mull’s coastline both sheers into cliffs and flattens into round, sandy bays. Join your guide in a search for white-tailed eagles, known in Gaelic as iolaire sùil na grèineas –  the eagle with the sunlit eye. Once they have established their territory, they tend to stay there for life, so although rare, there is a good chance of seeing them when you know where to look. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 – Sea Kayaking with Seals

    Today, head out to explore the clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Arisaig. Sea kayak around hundreds of tiny islands, looking out for otters and many coastal birds, including guillemots, shags, fulmars, kittiwakes and terns. The seal colony here is friendly and curious, often slipping beneath your boat only to pop up on the other side to peer at you with their big dark eyes. A wonderful, sheltered place to paddle, there’s no need for any previous sea kayaking experience as you’ll be looked after impeccably by an expert guide. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 – The Cairngorms and RSPB Insh Marshes

    After breakfast, wind your way east into the beautiful bounds of the Cairngorms National Park. This morning’s drive is incredibly picturesque, ribboning its way along the banks of Loch Laggan and through a handful of small Highland villages. After a lovely lunch, arrive at Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve, one of the most important wetland areas in Europe and home to curlew, lapwing, redshank and snipe. Meet an RSPB warden and wander through the marshes. Learn about how the habitat is maintained, and spot birds as you go. Relax in your cosy accommodation this evening tucked in the heart of the Cairngorms. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – Mountains and Reindeer

    Today, head up into the Cairngorm Mountains for a stunning hike into the wild landscape. An excellent path from a high-level car park means you are instantly rewarded with beautiful views of slate blue plateaus and rocky, heather-strewn hillsides. The aim of today is to see Scotland’s only herd of free-roaming reindeer, a complete delight to witness grazing contentedly on grass, lichen and birch leaves. After returning from the mountain, enjoy a delicious early dinner before heading out into the inky, star-studded night to a wildlife hide. In the soft quiet of darkness, look out for badgers and the elusive pine marten. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 – Red Squirrels and Ospreys

    After a slightly later evening last night, enjoy a very relaxed start to the day. After a leisurely breakfast and fresh, hot coffee, join your guide for a lovely local walk that showcases some of the most beautiful scenary in the area. Look out for chaffinches, coal tits and red squirrels as you walk, chatting to your guide about the flora and fauna of the area. After lunch, head to a nearby Nature Reserve, stopping in at the Visitor Centre to learn about Scotland’s ospreys. A powerful bird of prey once hunted to extinction in the UK, they have a wingspan of about 150cm and pluck fish from beneath the surface with their curling talons. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 – Dolphins and Dunes

    As the sun climbs higher into the sky, leave the pine-fringed lochs and wind-blown summits of the Cairngorms behind as you wind north towards the coast. Arriving by the sea, hop on a boat and cruise out onto the water to spot the resident colony of playful bottlenose dolphins. Enjoy the fresh, salty breeze as you learn about the wildlife of the Moray Firth before returning to the mainland for lunch. This afternoon join your guide for a lovely, final walk of your trip, exploring sand dunes and soaking up the far-reaching views of this quiet coastline. Finish your trip at Inverness Railway Station. (B, L)

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    The Scottish Highlands

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    In Ardnamurchan, we stay at a small, family-run Highland guest house with one of Scotland’s best panoramic loch and mountain views. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi. The meals here are a delight, with a strong focus on locally sourced produce.

    We spend three nights in the Cairngorms National Park. Our base here is in a sleepy Highland village in a lovingly restored Victorian House. The guest house offers the highest standards of customer care, all in a welcoming and cosy 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. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £435.00 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch 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. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    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 11:00am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness station by 4:00pm 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 4.93 out of 5 based on 43 reviews of Wildlife Adventures – The Scottish Highlands

     

    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.

    JK

    Janine de Kretser

    Reviewed on 13/06/2024

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: Australia
    Trip Date: 18/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    A diverse trip, from the wilds of Ardnamurchan to the Cairngorms, visiting many hides and locations to see a multitude of wildlife, from eagles and ospreys to otters and pine martens. Excellent organisation and a knowledgable, friendly, capable, flexible and experienced guide - overall the trip exceeded my expectations.

    VH

    Valerie Philomena Howe

    Reviewed on 05/06/2024

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: England
    Trip Date: 18/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it lived up to its description. The small group set up worked well and added a lot to my positive experience together with the experienced guide.

    LF

    Lincoln Fishpool

    Reviewed on 04/06/2024

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: England
    Trip Date: 18/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

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