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SCOTTISH Highlands
AND WILDLIFE EXPEDITION

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AND WILDLIFE EXPEDITION

Some of the world’s greatest conservation hotspots can be found on our doorstep, which is why Scotland should be on everyone’s list when it comes to discovering incredible wildlife. 

From deciduous woodland to freshwater lochs, Scotland has long been a hub of diverse habitats and many animal conservation projects. Over the course of this six-day trip, work alongside experts in the field to track elusive species, such as the beaver, red squirrel and Scottish wildcat – observing them at one in their native surroundings.

With its unique culture, fascinating history and diverse terrain, Scotland provides the perfect setting to learn about UK standards of animal welfare. Every conservation effort begins somewhere, so start local and get involved in our Scotland Wildlife Expedition to learn how you can contribute to our natural world.

PROJECT DETAILS

Explore the incredible activities you will embark upon on our fantastic Scottish Highlands and Wildlife Expedition.

  • Learn techniques for monitoring elusive species
  • Discover what goes into repopulating and rewilding mammals into the Scottish Highlands through the wildcat breeding programme
  • Explore camera trapping and tracking techniques for small mammals, such as wildcats and pine martins
  • Find out about conservation and management of the native red squirrel population
  • Hideout to try and spot pine martins, badgers, owls
  • Visit a beaver lodge
  • Spot wild otters by a private loch
  • Visit a wildlife park to understand the role of animal management
  • Research animal behaviour and record data
  • Learn about human-animal conflicts

ITINERARY

Discover the fantastic experiences we have prepared across the course of your trip, from thrilling wildlife hideout sessions, to an unforgettable visit to the iconic Loch Ness.

Day 1

On arrival at Inverness, transfer to the Highland Wildlife Park and attend lectures and educational experiences based on animal behaviours and the management of endangered species. Evening at leisure in and around Aviemore.

Day 2

Return to the Highland Wildlife Park to attend lecture on human-animal conflicts, as well as compare animal behaviour studies from day before. Head back to Aviemore for time at leisure.

Day 3

Explore local area before your transfer to Aigas Field Centre – taking part in either a guided hike from Cairngorms National Park to Loch an Eilein and Castle OR a tour of Loch Ness. Later transfer to Aigas – learning of camera trapping and tracking techniques for small mammals, in preparation for a visit to one of the three different hides for spotting pine martins, badgers and owls.

Day 4

Trek to the private loch and attempt to spot wild otters. Learn monitoring and management techniques for the repopulation of the Scottish wildcats, before visiting a beaver lodge to monitor evening activity and behaviours, as well as heading to one of the three hides.

Day 5

Visit beaver lodge, before learning of the red squirrel conservation efforts and population management. Head to one of the hides.

Day 6

After breakfast return to cabins and ready yourselves for check out – morning at leisure dependent upon the time of your travel arrangements.

Optional Additional Day:

Stay an extra night in Aviemore on night three, to sample the wide range of activities on offer - including a hike across Cairngorms National Park, a brewery tour and many more. If you take this option, you will transfer to Aigas on the morning of day four. Please let us know if you would like to extend your stay, and what extra activities you would like us to arrange.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

Accommodation

Stay in hostel accommodation while visiting Aviemore, followed by log cabin lodging at Aigas. All bathrooms are shared and rooms are lockable, with both sets of accommodation set in beautiful gardens and wooded areas, so you can experience the real atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands.

Food

Breakfast and dinner will be provided on each day at your accommodation, along with a daily packed lunch. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance, so we can ensure you are adequately catered for.

Included

• Pre-departure support and documentation
• Programme fee and contribution
• All transportation on project
• 24 hour in country support
• Accommodation for duration of stay
• 3 meals per day*

*Except for lunches on days of travel

Not Included

• Personal travel insurance
• Any vaccinations as recommended by your GP
• Lunches on days of travel
• Soft drinks or snacks
• Any additional activities outside of project itinerary
• Transfers – we can provide information on transfers from your location, if requested

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Get in touch with any questions you may have regarding our Scotland trip – leave your contact details below and we’ll be more than happy to help!

If you’re interested to find out more, book an introductory presentation for your school or college group and we can visit to discuss our extraordinary projects in more detail.

Alternatively, if your group is now ready to enrol, click here to submit a booking form on their behalf.

 

GALLERY

Explore the fantastic memories we’ve captured along the way, to check out all the fun that’s to come!