An all-inclusive wildlife watching holiday in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, searching for Scotland’s prize mammals - including the Year of Natural Scotland's Big 5! Single centre houseparty style holiday based at our converted steading with a day on the west coast. Transport by minibus, landrover and boat. Includes some late nights which will be compensated for by later starts.
In the wild uplands Mountain Hare hide from fearsome Golden Eagles and the dramatic silhouette of Red Deer antlers encapsulate so much about the grandeur of the Highlands. Around Ballintean's woods, beautiful Red Squirrel are busy at our feeders, whilst confiding Roe Deer often browse in the meadows. After dinner we’ll visit our hide to see elusive Pine Marten. Full of character, this cat-sized member of the stoat family emerges from the forest, revealing bushy tails and cream-coloured bibs. This is also a chance to enjoy Badgers at very close quarters.In the pine forests we'll look for Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill and forest grouse and nearby, on Cairngorm's slopes, we'll have a close encounter with Reindeer reintroduced many years ago. Late one night, using 4x4 vehicles and powerful spotlights, we visit a private estate in search of Fox, Badger, deer and owls. We’ll visit another private estate for a guided tour to learn how a Highland Estate survives today, visiting the moorland in search of Red Deer and Red Grouse.On the Moray Firth we'll spend a day in search of Bottlenose Dolphins, both from land and an exciting two hour boat trip. There's nothing more thrilling than the sight of these powerful mammals breaching clear of the water. We'll also watch for Common Seal, Harbour Porpoise and numerous seabirds.Otters are at home in fresh and seawater and we'll search for signs and wait patiently at favoured lochs for sight of these sleek, playful creatures. Tranquil West Coast sea-lochs offer our best chance, whilst birds such as Black-throated Diver and White-tailed Eagle are likely too. On this special West Coast day we'll also experience an exciting boat journey into the realm of the Minke Whale. Manx Shearwater and Guillemot scatter as our boat approaches and Harbour Porpoise, Grey and Common Seals are here too!
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