Q & A with Cath Wright, Sales & Marketing Director, Speyside Wildlife, Granton-on-Spey, Scotland, UK.
An award-winning nature tour company with more than 25 years of experience.
We are based with the Cairngorms National Park, in the Speyside Region of the Highlands of Scotland. The name comes from the River Spey which starts at Loch Spey [freshwater inland lake] and makes its journey all the way through the region and ultimately reaches the Northern Sea. Our company offers wildlife and nature tours in destinations worldwide as well as the famous Cairngorms National Park. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest of all the UK National Parks and features ancient forests, important bird and animal species, and several of the highest mountains in the UK! The park authority says nearly 2 million people visit here annually.
From London there are direct flights to Inverness from both Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Inverness is the major city of the Highlands. Alternatively, if you plan a visit to Glasgow or to Edinburgh, we are only approximately 2.5 hours away by car or train.
These are very popular evening tours for small groups [up to 12 people]. After meeting our guide, our guests take a short walk to a “state of the art” warm and comfortable hide located in the Cairngorms Caledonian pine forest, where they can observe wildlife such as Pine Marten, Red Squirrels, Badgers, Deer, and owls. We request that you book well in advance because these fill up very quickly.
DO YOU PROVIDE BINOCULARS?
Guests without their own can hire (rent) such items from us.
The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of our most iconic but elusive species of wildlife. Finding them in this vast and spectacular landscape can be a real challenge, especially if you have limited time or are unfamiliar with the area. Our expert local guides know the area intimately, so can take you to the best locations to help you find the species you’d most like to see. We can provide an itinerary that matches your specific wildlife wishes. Alternatively, if you’d just like to see a diverse range of Highland species, then leave that to us. On the day, we’ll judge the weather and decide where the wildlife can be found. In our comfortable 8-seater minibus we’ll take you through different habitats, to find the best wildlife. The day can include as much, or as little walking as you’d like and days normally last 8 – 10 hours dependant on your own requirements.
We provide all our guests written information in advance of their tours to help them prepare. Foremost, the weather here is variable and can change rather quickly. If it rains, you will be better off wearing clothes made of quick-drying fabrics. Avoid jeans for that reason. But it can be warm and sunny too, so bring a good sunscreen! Insect repellent is useful in the summer months. Some of the mountain peaks retain snow year-round, so if you are heading to higher elevations, dress in light layers. Walking shoes with a grip or hiking boots are the most desirable. Do not bother with wellingtons.
Actually we offer several different Hebridean experiences, and we are now opening our 2019 schedule. To read about all the options, please visit our website and contact us with your questions.
Our guides are highly professional and very experienced; they really do know the best locations to see the species that visitors come here to see, and they will give you the most interesting insights about the environment and the animals and birds like the Capercaillie, Dotterel, or ptarmigans. Often visitors have limited time and want to get the most out of their holidays; having the right guide will spare you time wasted from walking around aimlessly.
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