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"I won't forget the numerous birds of prey we saw and some at very close distance! Also the Bittern out in the open field, the brilliant bat evening where we had good numbers of Daubenton, Greater Horseshoe, Bechstein and Geoffroy's bats, the big pre-migration flocks of Swallows and Martins, and the smaller flocks of Bee-eaters and Rollers, and warblers, waders, and wetland birds. The sheer variety of birds that we saw and not forgetting the huge number of butterflies we had as well. It was an excellent trip and thoroughly enjoyable all round, with a great guide, great company, great weather and great food!"
Carolyn Newton, Hungary Summer 2015

"It really was a brilliant holiday and thanks to Julian and James being such fantastic leaders. We all had such fun and gelled so well together as a group. Will never forget Julian's and James' laugh - very catching! We were just so so fortunate to have a week of sunshine and from start to finish it really was one of the best Speyside holidays that I have been on. Not only the birds, but the wild flowers, butterflies and insects and I really feel that I have learnt a lot. I could say so much more, but I think from the comments that I have made you must realise that I really did enjoy the holiday so much."
Penny Overton, Pyrenees

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Dusk Watches

In Speyside, in the Cairngorms National Park and looking for a wildlife watching experience with the chance to see Pine Marten, Badger, Red and Roe Deer and more? Come and enjoy our famous dusk wildlife, in the comfort of a purpose built warm hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate, with one of our professional wildlife guides!

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Costs £25.00 per adult (discounted price £20.00 if booked on-line)
£15.00 per child 8-14yrs (discounted price £10.00 if booked on-line)
Not suitable for children under 8yrs
Exclusive £275.00 per evening (discounted price £225.00 if booked on-line)

Times Our hide is available nightly from Easter to October and can be booked on an exclusive basis or as part of a group throughout this period. From November to Easter we operate on a reduced number of nights each week for either exclusive use or parties of 2 people or more.

Prebooking is essential. If you wish to book last minute places at the weekend, please telephone the Rothiemurchus Centre on 01479 812345 before 5.30pm. They will be able to advise you of space available and complete a booking for you.

The start times of the experience vary with the seasons. In the height of summer we don't start until 9.00pm, whereas during the winter the meeting time will be around 6.00pm.
Group Maximum 12 people in the hide
Insects Biting midges can occur during the summer months.
Access There is a 5 minute walk on a wide sandy track from the meeting point to the hide. Car access can be arranged in advance for those with limited mobility. The door to the hide is wide enough for wheelchair access with a ramp up to it. Seating in the hide is at viewing level through large picture windows.
Clothing Warm, non-rustling, subdued outdoor clothing and walking boots or shoes are preferable. Advice on the "how to do it" of wildlife watching is provided on confirmation of booking
Location A meeting point map and timing of the visit is also provided on confirmation of booking.
Please be aware that there are no toilet facilities whilst in the hide so apologies, no comfort breaks during the watch. There are however conveniences very near to the meeting point and the guide will point these out to you prior to walking up to the hide.
Photos Excellent photographic opportunities for exclusive users. Some incidental photography opportunities at other times. Please note that flash photography is not permitted.



     +44 (0)1479 812498   enquiries@speysidewildlife.co.uk  

CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK BRAND - Increasing quality whilst reducing impact

We've been granted use of this Brand by the Cairngorms National Park Authority. This is only given to those businesses who have agreed to a set of quality standards in respect of their visitor experience, together with a commitment to reducing their impact on the natural environment.

VISIT SCOTLAND - Quality Assurance Scheme - Wildlife Experience

Speyside Wildlife is one of 40 wildlife businesses to be assessed under Visit Scotland's pilot scheme for Wildlife Experiences achieving 4 Star status for our day tours. Watch out for the designation throughout Scotland. We were delighted to receive our letter of confirmation from Visit Scotland so thought we'd share some of it with you here, ''Thank you for participating in the pilot of the new Wildlife Experience Designator within our Quality Assurance Scheme for visitor attractions. Your feedback and contribution to the introduction of this new development has been invaluable and we would like to welcome you as a new member of the Quality Assurance Grading Scheme".

WILD SCOTLAND - Scotland's Wildlife Tourism Association

Wild Scotland is Scotland's Wildlife and Nature-based Tour Operators' Association - a group of wildlife professionals who are all committed to delivering a first class wildlife-watching experience to their guests. Members provide a wide range of wildlife attractions and holidays throughout Scotland from birdwatching to whale-watching and from boat trips to land safaris. We have been involved in the association from its conception and have worked with Visit Scotland on the new accreditation scheme for the industry.


The air holidays and flights are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4259. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

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