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Evening Wildlife Watching Hide

Our hide is located in the Cairngorms within the Caledonian Pine Forest near Aviemore. Badger are regular visitors all year round and Pine Marten can also be seen. A variety of other Scottish wildlife may visit our hide whilst it is still light, including Tawny Owls, Red Squirrels and Roe Deer. Each evening wildlife watching experience lasts approximately two and a half to three hours.

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Costs£25.00 per adult, if booked online (£30.00 if booked manually via our office)
£10.00 per child 8-14yrs, if booked online (£15.00 if booked manually via our office)
Not suitable for children under 8yrs

Exclusive use£250.00 per evening, if booked online (£300.00 if booked manually via our office).

GroupMaximum 12 people in the hide.

Your booking confirmation will give extra handy hints about the evening so that you can maximise the enjoyment from your visit.

TimesNightly from Easter to October. From November to Easter we open on a reduced number of evenings per week. Pre-booking is essential. Start times vary with the seasons, in summer we meet between 8:00pm and 8:30pm (confirmed at time of booking) and in winter around 6:00pm .

LocationA meeting point map and timing of the visit is 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.

Public TransportThe hide is a short journey from Aviemore and although it is not on the local bus route, our local taxi company is aware of the location and guests can book directly with Aviemore Taxis 01479 811111. Your meeting point map provided on confirmation of your booking will give them the precise location.

AccessOur meeting point car park is a tarmacked area. There is a road crossing leading to a short 100m walk taking less than 5 minutes along a wide, but slightly rough track to the hide. Car access can be arranged in advance for those with limited mobility. The 86cm wide hide entrance is via a ramp, followed by a final 147cm wide archway. Part of the viewing area is lowered and the windows are 80cm from the floor, the other windows are 104cm from the floor, but 72cm high stools are provided for guests for these windows. You can view a video of the hide access here.

Please remember to bring your torches, as the walk back to your car may be in the dark.

Please note peanuts are stored in a closed container inside the hide.

ClothingWarm, 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

PhotosThe viewing windows do not open, so there are only some incidental photographic opportunities. Please note that flash photography is not permitted at any time and please turn any camera functions to mute so that electronic noises do not disturb the animals. We have a photographic hide on site for 1-2 people, which can be booked on an exclusive basis. In the short-term, please contact us for details.

InsectsBiting midges can occur during the summer months.