Mammal Watching

From £25 per adult

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January — December

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Come and enjoy our famous “State of the Art” warm, comfortable hide in Speyside’s Caledonian Pine Forest, for Pine Marten, Badger, plus Red and Roe Deer and more.

Large, comfortable, purpose built hide, in the Cairngorms National Park.

We regularly see Pine Marten, Badger and much more!

Red and Roe Deer are frequent visitors.

The animals come right up to the windows, you won’t get any closer!

You’ll be accompanied throughout by our friendly, expert guide.

Hire exclusively and have the hide to yourselves.

Tawny Owl, Woodcock and Buzzard are occasionally seen.

For a memorable wildlife encounter, spend an evening with our knowledgeable guide and watch the nocturnal creatures that visit our warm and comfortable, baited hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Your guide will meet you just before dusk, at the location just outside Aviemore within the Caledonian Pine Forest and walk with you down the wide track to 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 every night 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 usually only occur once it is dark. The hide has outside spotlights however, allowing the animals to be seen clearly from the large picture windows without interference.

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 alone 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.

Contact details

Speyside Wildlife
Wester Camerorie
Ballieward
Grantown on Spey
Cairngorms National Park
Scotland
PH26 3PR

Key facilities

Parking Parking
Disabled Access Level Access
Starting
Aviemore and the Cairngorms
Length
2
Hours
Type
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Family Landscapes Photography Wildlife

Tour prices

From

  • £25 Per Adult
  • £10 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Attractions

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Speyside Wildlife

Speyside Wildlife has 27 years of experience in organising wildlife-watching day trips, tours and holidays within the UK and Overseas. We cater for a wide variety of wildlife-watchers, from the dedicated wildlife enthusiasts to those who simply wish to include some wildlife-watching as part of their holiday.

Opening times

Open all year round

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