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Speyside Wildlife

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Evening Mammal watching hide,5 minutes from Aviemore, heart of the Caledonian Pine Forest, Cairngorms National Park,Highlands and Islands,

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Evening Mammal Watching

Unfortunately our wildlife viewing hide burned down recently. We are well on the way to rebuilding it, but naturally this will take a while, so in the interim we have reverted to watching wildlife from our original evening viewing option. We have been testing this and the animals appear unfazed, so we have started to take guests into the temporary set-up and will monitor its success over the coming weeks. Going forward, we anticipate that we shall be using this temporary facility through July and possibly August, depending on the rebuild completion date. We know that the viewing experience isnt as optimum as the purpose-built viewing hide, so were restricting the numbers of guests who can use it.

You will also find updates in our enewsletter, but please dont hesitate to email us via our website if you wish to ask any questions.

Join one of Speyside Wildlife's friendly, expert guides for an amazing evening's wildlife watching experience in the Cairngorms. You'll have the chance of viewing Pine Marten, Badger, deer and more from the comfort of our hide in the forest on Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore.

As seen on BBC Springwatch, these wonderful animals come within a few feet, providing great photo opportunities and views at close quarters. Though the animals are wild, years of understanding their nocturnal habits has ensured incredibly reliable sightings. This fully guided dusk-time watch is terrifically exciting and can be booked online.

Guided Wildlife Watching

If you'd like a full day or more of wildlife watching in the Highlands, Speyside Wildlife can help. In such a vast area, where the special wildlife is thinly spread and elusive, you'll benefit from our unbeatable local knowledge to find the species you most want to see. We'll judge the weather, know the terrain and al transport is provided. Whether you want to see Golden Eagle, Harbour Seal, Red Squirrel, Ptarmigan, Bottlenose Dolphins, Crested Tit, Minke Whales, Otters or our more elusive species of Capercaillie, we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit your wishes. Full itineraries can be viewed on our website.


Speyside Wildlife all-inclusive holidays are just that - holidays . Expert wildlife guides will be able to give you some of the best opportunities to see the wildlife youve always wanted to see, but still give you complete, relaxed enjoyment, so that you can 'switch off for the week. The guides' enthusiasm is infectious and whether you are a beginner or experienced, young or old, they're happy to take time so you can enjoy the wildlife experience to the full. Great food, accommodation with character and comfort and wildlife watching near at hand, are all vital ingredients in a successful Speyside Wildlife holiday.

Small group sizes ensure individual attention, giving you the space to enjoy your surroundings, whilst marvelling at the wildlife, all in the fantastic company of like-minded guests, who share your enthusiasm for the natural world. Speyside Wildlife works hard to visit and seek out small, locally run, authentic accommodation; with local guides in remote areas and sourcing local food wherever possible - giving you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the location and get the authentic experience you desire.

Speyside Wildlife App!

For anyone visiting the Highlands and enjoying watching wildlife this is an essential App to have. You can record and share all of your wildlife sightings and photos, as well as having access to your own, private eTravel Wallet, containing all Speyside Wildlife pre-holiday information and trip reports! Make sure you download your free copy now, from either Google Play or the iTunes Store.

"I think it's a fantastic idea and will be invaluable for anyone visiting Speyside in future, as well as being a very useful conservation tool." Iolo Williams, TV Wildlife Presenter

"You are way ahead of the competition. For guests it's a way that they can give a bit back by recording species. You will see things that are a complete surprise in the field and it's a way of making them count for something. There are lots of eyes looking and its got to be useful" Nick Baker, Naturalist and TV Presenter

Our tour ' Wildlife for Beginners in September has just been listed as the only UK entry in National Geographic Traveler's 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2015 - a wonderful accolade for us! We still have availability and this is a great way to introduce yourself to wildlife watching with like-minded guests.