Trip reference number: 23405

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Early Summer In The Scottish Highlands

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Join TV presenter and expert naturalist Mike Dilger in the Scottish Highlands during the early summer to observe and enjoy the thriving wildlife at this time of year.

Early summer is a fabulous time to be in the Scottish Highlands. The breeding season hits overdrive this month as eagles, divers and grebes work from dawn to dusk to dusk to feed their broods. With this trip so close to the summer solstice, this is also the best time of year to track down rare Caledonian butterflies and dragonflies, while the Highland plants are nothing short of sensational.

With all our summer visitors taking advantage of the long summer days, the local ospreys, black-throated divers and Slavonian grebes will be busily rear their young. While resident golden and white-tailed eagles eagles soar on broad wings over mountain-top territories in their perennial search for prey to feed their hungry chicks back at the eyries, coastal locations along the Moray Firth will be thronging with gannets and auks constantly whizzing to and from their seabird cities. Around Speyside, the moors will be echoing to the ‘go back!' calls of red grouse, with a good chance of picking out the rarer black grouse too. While at higher altitudes, the luxuriant vegetation will represent a time of plenty for mountain hares hunkered down on the hillsides, as red deer stags will bulk up and continue to grow their antlers in preparation for the autumnal rut.

In the company of expert naturalist and TV Presenter Mike Dilger we can hope to encounter a fabulous range of iconic species, from crested tit to Scottish crossbill, and red squirrel to red deer, with an impressive array of raptors, alongside butterflies, dragonflies and plants you can see nowhere else in Britain. 

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Arrive Inverness & transfer
  2. Days 2-6: Explore the Scottish Highlands
  3. Day 7: Return to Inverness
  • Available*: Jun to Jul
  • Group size: 5
  • Price excluding international flights: From £1,450 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • Most meals
    • Transfers for guided excursions
    • Guided excursions
    • Services of naturalist tour leader
    • Conservation fund contribution
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching


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