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Aigas Field Centre

Inverness-shire, Scotland tel: +44 1463 782443 | info@aigas.co.uk | www.aigas.co.uk

Wildlife Holidays Scotland

For more than 35 years visitors from all over the world have been coming to Aigas Field Centre to learn about and enjoy Scotland’s natural environment and wildlife holidays Scotland. From the moment you arrive, you are immersed in a place committed to conservation and restoration ecology and are looked after by a dedicated ranger staff all of whom are environmental sciences graduates who have received a comprehensive training in the interpretation of the Highland environment.

The Aigas Field Centre visitor experience has pioneered ecotourism in the Highlands and is unique. It involves guided Scotland wildlife tours through a suite of Highland environments, wildlife photography workshops and a plethora of other wildlife activities on the Aigas estate. Other activities in Scotland include ranger led hide visits for pine martens, badgers, otters, black grouse and more, illustrated talks and topical conservation discussion sessions in our state of the art presentation theatre, dolphin boat trips and island visits. These are reinforced by regular lectures and field sessions with a variety of recognised field experts delivering hands-on interpretation of the wildlife and restoration ecology demonstration projects.

Visitors enjoy unrivalled hospitality in the House of Aigas, where superb meals are served beside crackling wood stoves in the family home. You will stay in woodland cabins in the grounds of the estate, where pine martens roam and red deer roar during the rut. It is a magical experience.

The 600 acre Aigas estate has been run as a restoration ecology experiment and demonstration project for over 35 years. Guests are able to explore the grounds and Scotland nature trails at their leisure but during their wildlife holidays in Scotland we actively engage them in the project through formal interpretation on guided walks, hide visits, interpretation boards, workshops (such as native species tree planting from our tree nursery) and explanation of specific facets of the project.

Aigas Wildlife

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The most popular programmes, 7 days of wildlife watching across the

Monarchs of the Glen

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Set in the Highlands of Scotland. Spend 7 days watching the spectacular red

Spring, Summer and Autumn Birds

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Spring Birds, Summer Birds and Autumn Birds 7 day birding Scotland programmes are always

Walking and Wildlife

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For those that are keen to stretch their legs, the 5 day or 7 day walking and Scotland wildlife tour

Laurie Campbell Wildlife Photography Workshops

 
Laurie Campbell is widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest Scottish wildlife

Pine Marten

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One of the rarest and most elusive carnivores in Britain – the pine marten is common at

Crested Tit

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At Aigas they are lucky to have crested tits in the woods all around them. It is one of

Great Northern Diver

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The great northern diver is regularly seen around the coasts of the Highlands

Golden Eagle

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Aigas is right on the edge of a large area of wilderness where golden eagles nest. Usually

White Tailed Eagle

 
The range of the white tailed eagle is increasing, following their reintroduction.

Otters

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Otters at dawn. Setting of early in the morning there is a high success rate in finding

Black Grouse

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During early spring until mid-May, early morning trips are run to the local black grouse

Bottlenose Dolphins

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Many programmes run boat trips to get close to the most northerly and largest school of

Ring ouzel

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These smart little birds are increasing in numbers in the Highlands and at Aigas, they

Red deer

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The monarch of the glen – red deer live all around! The stags roar in the garden during

Other Wildlife

At Aigas they look at wildlife and nature in the round. In any given week they will discuss the ecology of many different species of plant and animal. On the Wildflowers and Gardens programme, you might find Northern marsh, Heath spotted and Fragrant orchids, Clubmoss, Yellow pimpernel, the insectivorous Butterwort and Sundews but we will always stop at the peregrine nest and have one eye open for a fishing osprey!

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The 600 acre Aigas estate has been run as a restoration ecology experiment and demonstration project for over 35 years.

The restoration project is far ranging and includes a Scots pine, birch and juniper regeneration area, a commercial plantation restructuring and natural regeneration area, creation of wetland and pond environments and a Scottish wildcat breeding and release programme (in conjunction with SNH.) However, perhaps the most successful part of the project, as far as guest engagement is concerned, is our beaver demonstration project.

In 2006 two adult beavers were released into the 8 acre loch on the estate within a large enclosure, where they live and breed entirely naturally as wild beavers. Since their release they have produced fifteen offspring. They have felled trees, built two lodges, dug canals, created dams and starred on national TV several times!

A nature trail passes right around the loch and Aigas Field Centre guests, led by expert naturalists, can touch, feel and fully understand the role of beavers as ecosystem engineers. Since 2006 over 3000 adults and nearly 11,000 children have visits the Aigas Beaver Demonstration Project and learned about beaver ecology and the history and status quo of beavers in Scotland.

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