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Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park & Islands Tour - 9 Days

Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park & Islands Tour

Caledonian Wilderness, Cairngorms, Strathspey & the Isle of Mull

This 9-day Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park & Islands Tour is leisurely paced and available as a set departure. During this unique Scottish adventure.

You will experience some of the most exciting wildlife in the Highlands and Islands: from Capercaillie and eagles to Pine Marten and Minke Whale, huge seabird colonies, ancient Celtic rainforest, and gnarled Pinewoods.

Over nine days we will explore the great Caledonian wilderness from the rich emerald waters surrounding the Isle of Mull to the peaks of the Cairngorm massif.

We will delve behind the scenes into some incredible conservation projects which focus on marine megafauna, Arctic alpine plants, invertebrates, and regenerating the spectacular landscapes of Scotland with ambitious rewilding projects on this Cairgorms Highland wildlife tour.

Join us on what promises to be a Scottish wildlife extravaganza!

Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park & Islands Highlights include:

  • Explore the Cairngorms in Strathspey, the Moray coast and the Isle of Mull.
  • Visit the ancient Caledonian forest in search of the rare animals and plants that call it their home.
  • Seek out the elusive Ptarmigan and Mountain Hare on the UK’s highest mountain peaks and watch White-tailed Eagles cruise over sea lochs.
  • Uncover the secrets of Arctic alpine plants and appreciate the intricacy of the flower rich meadows with PlantLife Scotland.
  • Discover the rich waters of the rugged west coast and search for Minke Whale, Basking Shark, dolphins and seals in the company of Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
  • Rewilding experts reveal how they are restoring ancient ecosystems as we visit a flagship site with Scotland: The Big Picture.
  • Look for Pine Marten, Badger, Reindeer, Red Squirrel and many, many more species.
  • Stay in exclusive, high quality accommodation.
  • Receive 5% discount when you book the back-to-back tour
  • Scotland’s Hidden North Coast

Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Shetland Wildlife & Birding Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: Scotland’s Highlands & Islands
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival | Inverness | Heading South into Strathspey

Meet mid-morning in Inverness and head straight out to look for Bottlenose Dolphin and Red Kite around the Moray Firth before heading south into Strathspey where we will spend four nights in our idyllic mountain lodge.

Day 2
Days 2 to 4 - The Spey Valley | Cairngorm

Explore the rich habitats of the Spey Valley and Cairngorm massif. Here we hope to encounter Mountain Hare, Dotterel and rare Arctic alpine plants on the peaks of the Cairngorm plateau whilst the sheltered Caledonian pine forests of the Spey Valley hold Red Squirrel, Pine Marten and Crested Tit.

Day 3
Day 5 - Landscapes of Strathspey | Rugged Hebridean Coast

Today we leave the wide forested landscapes of Strathspey and head for the rugged Hebridean coast and our base for the next four nights on the Isle of Mull.

Day 4
Days 6 to 8 - The Isle of Mull

The Isle of Mull offers an incredibly diverse array of habitats and with it some spectacular wildlife. We will explore the rugged coast and glens of this magical island in search of Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Otter and Red Deer. A full day will be spent on the Hebridean Sea on the lookout for marine megafauna.

Day 5
Day 9 - Last Day

We will take the scenic route from Mull back to Inverness, where the tour will end.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Crossbills, Pine Martens, Badger, Red Squirrels, Peregrine, Goshawks, Black Grouse, Emperor Moth, Beavers, Bottlenose Dolphins, waders,  Cranes, Bearded Tits, Corn Buntings, Green Woodpeckers, Tree Pipits, seabirds, Puffin, Tree Sparrow, Grey Partridge, Grey seal, Black-throated Diver, Whooper Swan, Curlew, Lapwing, Redshank, Osprey, Red Squirrel, Redstart, Red Deer, Mountain Hare, Ring Ouzel, Eurasian Beaver, Common Crane, Minke Whale and more…

What is included?

  • Expert services of two leaders
  • High quality (occasionally exclusive) accommodation
  • All meals (B, L, D)
  • Soft drinks, tea, coffee
  • All transport from start to end location
  • All activities and excursions
  • Gratuities to external service providers
  • Support to our conservation partners
  • A native tree planted on your behalf in our woodland grove

What is not included?

  • Travel before or after tour start/end
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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Why should I book with Wild Discovery?

Wild Discovery was born out of our conviction that the wildlife tourism sector must integrate conservation and sustainability in a more comprehensive approach. We approach everything we do with this mindset in mind. Guests benefit from our trips since we work with and assist conservation organisations. As a result, our visitors are better equipped to support and promote conservation-oriented tourism because of this network of professionals.

Who are the leaders?

Dan and Rachael, founders of Wild Discovery, will be your hosts and leaders during Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. They are superb naturalists and will bring an exceptional level of knowledge and service to this expedition. From bird songs and moths to plants and ecosystem ecology they will help open up the natural world for you to see the unseen. This exceptional leader-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level of care and attention to your requirements and ultimately a superior travelling experience.

What sort of accommodation do you use?

Our accommodation is carefully selected to be comfortable and well situated (i.e. close to the best sites!). Where possible we select our service providers based on our ‘source locally’ ethos and we support local community businesses at every opportunity. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

What is the transport?

We will use 4x4 vehicles and/or 8-seater minibuses depending on numbers.

What is the group size?

4 - 9 guests or we can arrange this itinerary for an individual or private group. Get in touch to discuss your options.

What are the start and end locations?

Inverness train or bus station, depending on your travel arrangements.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

Our days will have a relaxed pace. There will be optional pre-breakfast strolls in some places. During the day our walks will vary in length and strenuousness. Every walk will be a leisurely wildlife-spotting pace. Some days will involve taking a packed lunch out and we may end up covering several kilometres on those walks but the majority will be much shorter (1-3km over 2-4hrs).

What should I pack for this tour?

We recommend walking boots and a walking pole for uneven terrain and uphill/downhill walks whilst lighter, non-slip trainers will be sufficient during the boat trip. The weather can vary hugely in coastal and mountainous areas. A typical week in July can produce temperatures in the range of 10-25 oC and we would expect a mix of sunshine, showers and wind! We recommend layers that are easy to take off/put on as necessary and waterproof jacket and trousers. We recommend bringing your own binoculars if you have some as they will considerably increase your enjoyment of the wildlife we are there to see. Your leaders will have a telescope with them to enhance your experience.

How do I pay and what are the terms and conditions for this tour?

Payment can be made directly to Wild Discovery via a bank transfer. Wild Discovery’s full booking terms and conditions can be found here: https://wild-discovery.com/booking-conditions For financial protection should Wild Discovery become insolvent Worldwide Traveller Protection via Blue Sky Wildlife (based in the United Kingdom) can offer Worldwide Traveller Protection as a member of The Travel Vault and as part of this membership it has a range of insurances in place to cover the potential insolvency of any of the local wildlife specialists listed on the site, as well as the company itself should Blue Sky Wildlife cease trading. If you would prefer to book through Blue Sky Wildlife and make full payment directly to them to activate this protection at no additional cost, it would also mean the travel contract would be between yourselves and Blue Sky Wildlife. Please refer to their booking terms for more information.

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01/07/2023 - 09/07/2023 available GBP 2,900
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9 Days

Price & Availability

GBP2,900 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement GBP 340
This tour is operated by: Wild Discovery

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Tour Facts

  • Cairngorms in Strathspey, the Moray coast ,the Isle of Mull, Scotland
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 1 to 9 pax
  • 9 Days
  • +15 Years
  • Leisurely
  • English
  • No
  • Aberdeen Airport or Contact Us To Know
  • Aberdeen Airport or Contact Us To Know