The Cairngorms: Highland Wilderness

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Crested Tit

Experience the mountainous and scenic Cairngorms National Park and the unique Caledonian Forests with breeding species found nowhere else in the British Isles

Outline Itinerary

Day 1Meet Inverness; travel to accommodation through the Cairngorms National Park
Day 2-6Explore Cairngorms National Park (including Speyside Wildlife Hide, and an excursion to Raptor Valley and the Moray Firth)
Day 7Return to Inverness by 2pm

Dates and Prices

16th – 22nd February 2019

18th – 24th May 2019

28th Sept – 4th Oct 2019

£1250pp including accommodation, food, and travel while on the tour.

Contact us to arrange bespoke tour dates and prices.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy opportunities to see Scotland’s ‘Big 5’ species: Golden Eagle, Red Deer, Otter, Common Seal, and Red Squirrel
  • Encounter exceptionally close views of Pine Marten and Badger at the Speyside Wildlife Hide for an unforgettable experience (Don’t forget a camera!)
  • Visit the famous Findhorn ‘Raptor’ Valley for a chance to see a range of birds of prey including both Golden Eagle and White-tailed Eagle
  • Experience a not-to-be missed early morning Capercaillie lek or chance a sighting through the Caledonian pines
  • Professionally guided, evening bat walks using hand-held bat detectors to hear (and hopefully see!) a range of different species (May – September only)
  • Travel to the Moray Firth for a chance of incredibly close views of Dolphins catching fish on the incoming tide
  • Delight in an array of Scottish Birds from Crested tit to Scottish Crossbill (all year) and enjoy the brilliance of Diver species in their breeding plumage (spring/summer only)
  • Spot the Red Deer stags and hinds – Britain’s largest land mammal – foraging from the roadside (all year) and experience roaring and clashing stags during the autumn rut (late September – October only). In addition, Reindeer and Feral Goat roam the hills


Some parts of the tour will include walking from the minibus to selected sites. All walks are low impact and are suitable for all fitness levels. N.B. Walks around CairnGorm and the Findhorn ‘Raptor’ Valley for upland species require some walking on rough and uneven terrain where a level of good mobility and balance is required. Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear is essential!

All tours are led by professional ecologists providing a unique insight and a vast knowledge of natural history.

Booking Form

Note: A £200 deposit via Debit/Credit Card is required to secure a booking. The rest of the payment must be made at least 2 months before the tour date and can be made via Bacs transfer or cheque.