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    The Scottish Highlands

    25 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 21st May | 11th Jun Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip Type: Wildlife
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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)

    The Scottish Highlands

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    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.

    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
    Travel 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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    Stevie Christie

    As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year. His experience of living in the Cairngorms National Park for many years has helped design this exciting wildlife trip.

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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 25 review(s) 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.


    Maggie O'Sullivan

    Reviewed on 12/06/2021

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: UK
    Trip Date: 29/05/2021
    Trips Taken: 3

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Have really enjoyed both my holidays with WS. They seem to choose amazing locations, provide great service and have very knowledgeable guides who are friendly and helpful. A broad range of holidays on offer so lots of variety.


    Helen Etches

    Reviewed on 07/06/2021

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 29/05/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I had the most magical week, we were gifted exceptional weather and viewed many birds and animals which were on my 'hopeful' list! Highlights for me were the Osprey pair, seals when kayaking, white tailed eagles and family of red squirrels. Coupled with the endless scenery of beautiful views, my eyes and ears are full! Time to process it all and then head back asap!


    Julie Taylor

    Reviewed on 07/06/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: UK
    Trip Date: 29/05/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    A good Wildlife holiday, with as much adventure built in as each guest is comfortable with! Very well organised and a varied programme. Hardworking Guide and Driving staff! Brilliant weather, scenery and Wildlife.

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