Big Five Safari Trip in The Highlands of Scotland
A full-day highland safari Scotland trip amongst its many other assets such as landscape, history and culture, Scotland is famous for it’s wildlife. A few years ago, the public was asked which animals they would most like to see on a Scottish holiday and they voted for golden eagles, red deer, harbour seals, red squirrel and otters - the Scottish Big Five.
Whilst we can expect to see a lot more than these five species on this full-day highland safari Scotland trip, they will be the key focus. Leaving Fort William at 08.30 we travel to Glenfinnan where the famous Harry Potter viaduct stands. Here you will join Loch Shiel cruises for a two and a half hour, cruise along Loch Shiel, which sits in a spectacular Fjord like glen, only accessible by boat or a long and arduous journey on foot.
Here you will be looking for golden eagle, deer and black-throated divers. However, for most the highlight of the trip is the white-tailed eagles that have nested here for a number of years and are usually close to the loch.
At Acharacle, a settlement which takes its name from Norse and has existed since Viking times, you will meet your guide, Ian MacLeod, again. Here we will collect our picnic lunch from a local cafe and head to a wildlife hide to enjoy our food whilst watching seals, herons, terns and perhaps even otters and porpoise.
We’ll also be looking at the local flora and discovering it’s placed in the folklore, medicine cabinet and diets of the clansmen that lived here, and coming to understand the geological forces that shaped the landscapes.
After lunch, we head off to explore a remote peninsula where we will probably find more goats than people, enjoy wonderful views of Ben Nevis (weather permitting) and just listen to the silence. From here we head north to cross Loch Linnhe, part of the Great Glen fault line, at Corran ferry.
Our final stop of the day is to look for possibly Britain's favourite mammal, the red squirrel.
Then back to Fort William for tea…
- Look for Scotland's "Big Five"
- Learn how the spectacular landscapes were shaped by fire and ice
- Travel by boat into the heart of one of the remote parts of the Highlands
- Learn how to find our wildlife for yourself
- Hear the stories of the people who lived here in ancient times
Please note the price per person is based on a group of up to six sharing the minibus.
Alternative Tour Name: The Big Five safari