Go wildlife watching in the Scottish Highlands

Join the BBC Wildlife team for six days of wonderful wildlife-watching in the Cairngorms and Speyside on this exclusive reader holiday. 

Look out for crested tits in Caledonian pine forests.
14th October 2018 - 19th October 2018

Look out for crested tits in Caledonian pine forests © Greg Morgan


Don’t miss the chance to enjoy autumn in the Scottish Highlands and fantastic views of some of the best wildlife in Britain, including red deer, pine martens, golden eagles, badgers, mountain hares, red squirrels, ptarmigan and a host of winter wildfowl and raptors.


Observe and photograph the red deer rut © Nigel Sprowell


This special five-night holiday is hosted by the BBC Wildlife editorial team, with our resident guide, who will lend their expert help to ensure that guests have the best animal encounters.

The Grant Arms, our base for the holiday, is a specialist wildlife hotel that has a long and distinguished history. Close to Anagach Woods where roe deer and red squirrels abound, and the River Spey with its otters and waterbirds, the hotel offers comfortable en-suite rooms, a cosy bar and a first-class restaurant serving locally sourced food.

It’s also the home of the Bird Watching and Wildlife Club with its clubroom, library and lecture theatre where members of the BBC Wildlife team and others will give evening talks on nature topics. A local wildlife expert is on hand to advise on walks and the best wildlife spots if you choose to spend some time doing your own exploring.


Stay in a specialist wildlife hotel © James Stewart Grant


Enjoy birdwatching with experienced local guides © Tom Gilks



Where: Scottish Highlands

When: 14 - 19 October 2018

Cost: £999 per person (non-refundable deposit: £160 per person)

Maximum number of guests 12 people


What's included:

  • Five nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast in a superior room
  • Packed lunches on days 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Gala dinner on day 5
  • Free wine with dinner
  • Small-group day trips with a local guide
  • Talks on photography and Scottish wildlife
  • BBC Wildlife quiz
  • All transport on trips
  • Evening trips to a pine marten hide (2 groups)
  • Half-day trip to see the red deer rut
  • Trip to the top of Cairngorm Mountain
  • Entry fees and free pick-up and drop-off at Inverness airport or Aviemore train station


What's not included:

Travel to Grantown-on-Spey; drinks (apart from those specified above); travel insurance; other incidental expenses; gratuities; no single supplement


Please note:

Programme schedule may change due to weather and other factors. 


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