Nature of the North West Highlands
Discover the wildside of the North West Highlands - experience wild ScotlandWe’ll
explore the wildlife and the wild nature of the North West Highlands of
Scotland. Each day follows a theme to give you a flavour of different
aspects of this stunning area; we’ll spend a day exploring a quiet glen
for deer, osprey and eagle and a host of other species; we’ll go out to
sea from Ullapool for sea birds and seals and the chance of porpoise
and other cetaceans (there’s an option to visit the bottle-nosed
dolphins of the Moray Firth); we’ll explore a fantastic ancient
woodland in the Dornoch Firth National Scenic Area; we’ll spend a day
living close to nature, light a fire without matches and cook venison
and salmon washed down with a fine malt whiskey or birch wine. There
are also options to chose from that include guided nature expeditions
or take some free time to explore on your own.
A day in the glen
spend the day exploring the wildlife of a typical Scottish glen.
Amongst the species we’re likely to see are red deer, sika deer,
osprey, golden eagle, common buzzard, golden plover, curlew and snipe
plus a whole load of other species too numerous to mention including
typical upland birds such as wheatear, stonechat and meadow pipit.
We’ll also look for tracks, trails and signs of more secretive animals
such as otter and fox.
We have a number of pairs of
binoculars available if you don’t have your own. Depending on time of
year we’ll also set up a telescope for viewing an osprey nest.
go out from Ullapool in a boat to take a look at some of the sea birds
and other marine life to be found off the west coast. Amongst the
species we’re likely to see are guillemot, razorbill, gannet,
kittiwake, cormorant, grey seal and common porpoise plus several other
species. There are also occasional sightings of dolphin and whale but
please note nothing is guaranteed where wildlife is concerned!
is a day full of options! Take your pick from a range of activities.
You can choose to go off and explore on your own perhaps taking a drive
up to the north coast and visit iconic sites like Smoo Cave or explore
the spectacular geology of Assynt at Knockan Crag. Depending on tides
and time there may be the option to visit the famous bottle-nosed
dolphins of the Moray Firth viewing from land or taking a boat out if
preferred. Alternatively we can head off on a number of different walks
looking at general nature and wildlife and taking in the spectacular
A day in the ancient forest
explore Ledmore and Migdale Woods in the Dornoch Firth National Scenic
Area. These woods contain the largest remnant of ancient oak wood in
Sutherland, the most northerly extensive oak wood in eastern Britain
and one of the most northerly pine woods in the UK. Fantastic scenery
with the possibility of osprey, peregrines, hen harriers, black grouse,
wood warblers, redstarts and crossbills.
The Flow Country
we’ll visit the RSPB reserve at Forsinard and get a flavour of what
makes the Flow Country so important. Target species include breeding
Duration: 5 days: varying with activity (7 hours or more per day)
£640 for two people (£320 each), £160 per additional group member.
Please note the price does not include the cost of boat trips.
Individual one-to-one booking available at £640. Accommodation not
included; see booking information.
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Further information: Minimum
group size two; maximum 10. Participants should be 16 or over. We’ll
lift share to get from one place to another. You may need to use your
own transport. Bring a packed lunch each day.
You can book your accommodation for 7 days or more if you’d like to spend a bit more time exploring on your own.
leader has 30 years experience in leading wildwatching activities and is DBS checked.
Location: North West Highlands
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