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Wildlife Adventures – The Scottish Highlands

  • 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

 

  • 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

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?

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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. This is subject to availability as per our booking terms and conditions.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
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/

Trip Details

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 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)

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 suitably qualified, expert guides. (B,L)

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)

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)

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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25th May - 31st May 2019
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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 19 review(s) of Wildlife Adventures – The Scottish Highlands

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by Laureen Esser 21/07/2018

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by Kate Boynton 09/07/2018

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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This is a fun trip - kayaking with seals was such a fun day, going to a RSPB reserve and getting a fantastic lecture from Peter. The day on Mull really seemed to solidified the group as we watched Golden Eagles, Buzzards etc fly, dive and in one case attack a larger bird. The Hide was so great - the owl, Pine Martins and Badgers were well worth the wait for them to show up.

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by Graeme Coss 05/07/2018

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A wonderful experience. Very relaxing and stimulating at the same time. The weather was unexpectedly hot, and that was a challenge at times. Even some wildlife felt the heat and were scarce on certain days. But that was all understandable.
Some people might feel too much time was spent in the mini-van, driving from one location to the next, but that didn't bother me. The detailed itinerary and the grading made it clear that we would not be hiking 8 hours a day every day.
In sum, Highly recommended.

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by Jeanell Buckley 05/07/2018

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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I would recommend this holiday for anyone wanting to learn and engage with Scottish wildlife. A truly wonderful experience

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