Our hide is available nightly from Easter to October and can be booked on an exclusive basis or as part of a group throughout this period. From November to Easter we operate on a reduced number of nights each week for either exclusive use or parties of 2 people or more.
Prebooking is essential. If you wish to book last minute places at the weekend, please telephone the Rothiemurchus Centre on 01479 812345 before 5.30pm. They will be able to advise you of space available and complete a booking for you.
The start times of the experience vary with the seasons. In the height of summer we don’t start until 9.00pm, whereas during the winter the meeting time will be around 6.00pm.
Our guide will meet you just before dusk, at our location outside Aviemore in the Caledonian Pine Forest and walk with you down a wide sandy track into the hide. Once there, they’ll explain the habits and life cycles of the Pine Martens and Badgers that are the most frequently anticipated night-time visitors, while you sit back and relax and await their appearance. Whilst the animals are free and untamed and appear when they wish, years of understanding their nocturnal habits has ensured incredibly reliable sightings. Red and Roe Deer may come to the viewing area whilst it’s still light, but the visits by Pine Martens and Badgers will probably only occur once it is dark.
The hide has outside spotlights however, allowing the animals to be seen clearly from the large picture windows. The hide has been designed to give the maximum viewing area possible for all the guests, without fear of disturbance to the nocturnal visitors. In addition, infra-red cameras give advance notice of whatever animals are moving about in the forest around us. The animals will come to the viewing area at different times in an evening, but we expect that to occur within the 2-3 hours you will be in the hide.
Photographers prefer to take the hide on an exclusive basis. We’ll meet you and take you into the hide and explain the anticipated behaviour of the animals and then leave you to capture the images you’ve always wanted. The outside lighting ensures flash isn’t needed and indeed can’t be used as it disturbs the wildlife. The BBC have filmed here over the years for both The One Show and Springwatch and journalists from around the world have enjoyed the nocturnal antics of the animals that appear.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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