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Highland Safari Scotland Trip

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…

Trip Highlights:

  • 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
Day 1
Full Day Trip

Leaving Fort William at 08.30, our first stop is Glenfinnan where you will join Loch Shiel cruises for a 2.5 hour cruise into the heart of one of the wildest areas of Scotland, looking for deer, golden d and white tailed eagles and black throated divers. At the the opposite end of Loch Shiel you will rejoin your Wild West minibus to head for a picnic lunch at a wildlife hide overlooking Loch Sunart. Here we may find seals, otters and a great variety of sea birds. The afternoon will be spent exploring a little visited part of the Morven peninsula, again looking for otters, sea birds and feral goats. Then back to Fort William via the Corran ferry and a local red squirrel hide. We will finish the tour around 17.00

Wildlife species expected to see:

golden eagles, red deer, harbour seals, red squirrel, otters, white tailed eagles, red breasted mergansers, stonechats, wheatear, black throated diver, buzzard

What is included?

  • Guiding services
  • Use of optical equipment
  • Ferry and boat fares
  • All transport
  • Local taxes

What is not included?

  • Food and refreshments
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why should I book with Wild West?

Your guide, Ian MacLeod has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and still walks, cycles and kayaks regularly throughout the region, constantly updating his knowledge of what's happening on the wildlife front so that you benefit from the most up to date information

What vehicle will we travel in?

Wild West use a Mercedes Vito minibus which can currently carry up to 6 passengers.

What will we see?

We are looking for wild animals in their natural environment so no guarantees can be made. However, it's a rare day we can't find a few of the key species, especially deer and seals, and the landscapes are always majestic. Otters and golden eagles are always top of the list but elusive.

Can I bring my dog

Well behaved dogs are welcome but not allowed on vehicle seats. Also, they must be kept on a lead when out of the vehicle, particularly if there are animals around

What precautions are being taken to protect visitors from Covid?

Wild West are currently offering trips on a private basis only so all passengers are from the same social bubble. A screen has been fitted between drivers and passenger and disinfectant gel and hand wipes are available in the van.

Do I need my own optical equipment?

If you have your own please bring it but Wild West do have some binoculars and a good spotting scope for use by customers. In the current circumstances the equipment is properly disinfected between customers

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

1 Day

Price & Availability

GBP85 / per person
This tour is operated by: Wild West

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Tour Facts

  • Highlands of Scotland
  • Available Weekly
  • Full Day Trip
  • Wildlife
  • up to 6 people
  • 8 hours
  • April to October
  • +5 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Glasgow Airport or Contact us to know
  • Glasgow Airport or Contact us to know
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