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Speyside Wildlife

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Address: | Wester Camerorie, Ballieward, Aviemore PH26 3PR, Scotland
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Speyside Wildlife, the Scottish tour operator, offers wildlife watching...

Speyside Wildlife, the Scottish tour operator, offers wildlife watching experiences to suit everyone. We run fully inclusive, fully guided, bird, whale and mammal watching holidays, in Scotland and around the world, for enthusiasts of every ability, plus tailor-made wildlife watching tours of any length to suit your requirements. Visit our evening mammal watching hides in the Cairngorms National Park for close up and personal views of Pine Marten, Badgers and more!

Accredited by VisitScotland, Green Tourism Business Scheme and Wild Scotland.

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Great experience!

My husband and i went on the dusk wildlife watch. I wasn't sure in advance where the hide would be in relation to the wildlife, so I was delighted at how it turned out to be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2015
leeesah
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

My husband and i went on the dusk wildlife watch. I wasn't sure in advance where the hide would be in relation to the wildlife, so I was delighted at how it turned out to be:-) Anyone hoping to see lovely badgers and pine martens up close won't be disappointed! (Unless they're not around that night I suppose, though we... More 

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1 Thank leeesah
SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to the hide - it's much appreciated! We're delighted that you had such great sightings and enjoyed your evening and we hope to see you again one day. More 

London
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57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

The standard adage when it comes to wildlife is: 'you never know' (or, more usually, 'you should've been here yesterday'!), but the Speyside hide is about as near as you can get to to guaranteed close-up views of truly wild animals. We saw the 'regulars' - four different pine martens (fairly brief visits) and eight badgers (which just wouldn't go... More 

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1 Thank IonH
SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your visit to the hide and we're delighted you had such good sightings! As you say, when you're hoping to see wild animals, there's no guarantee that they will appear on any given day or at any given time, but we've had night after night of great views of Pine Marten and Badger recently... More 

Enford, United Kingdom
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386 reviews
245 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

When I read about this evening watching wildlife I knew on booking it that it had the possibility to be an amazing experience and my partner and I weren't disappointed. First off we scouted out the location of the meeting point early in the day just so we would find it easier in the dark, and it was easy to... More 

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1 Thank emtrey
SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a descriptive review - it's lovely to hear how much you enjoyed the evening and John is delighted that you enjoyed his company (almost) as much as that of the Badgers, Pine Martens and Deer, not to mention the Tawny Owl and the Woodmice! And what lovely photos..... We... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

If you want to see some of the UK's rarest and most charming animals, this is the place to come. Pine martens and badgers, deer, and of course the lovely wood mouse, can all be viewed from the most comfortable and well-designed of hides (with heating if required!) John will share his expertise and enthusiasm and you will be able... More 

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Thank Lynn L
SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

What a lovely review and recommendation! Thank you very much for posting it - we're so pleased you enjoyed your evening so much. More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

This was really a special trip. Learning about the area, environment and protection of the local wildlife and of course seeing them up close... Very close😊 The Badgers and pine martens flocked to the hide and without this experience I know we wouldn't ever see them so up close...in their environment. We were lucky enough to see roe deer, bats... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

We're delighted that you all enjoyed your visit to our hide and thank you very much for taking the time to post this review - and for the rating! More 

Scotland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

We had wonderful close up views of roe and red deer, badgers, wood mice and pine martens in their beautiful forest surroundings. Three pine marten kitts enthralled us with their antics and our guide John was knowledgeable helpful and enthusiastic.

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Thank ScotlandManda
SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

It's lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your evening in the hide - thank you very much for the great review; we really appreciate it! The three kits are still regular visitors and we've taken some great videos of them and the Badgers which we've added to our Facebook page. More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

The hide was surprisingly comfortable, and the opportunity for watching the wildlife was great - watching a family of 8 badgers licking honey off rocks was more than we had expected!

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Thank Jane G
SpeysideWildlife, Owner at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

It's lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to our hide and thank you very much for taking the time to post this review - we really appreciate it! More 

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50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

I cannot recommend this organisation enough. They do a wide range of tours and trips offering plenty of choice. I opted for the badger watch as this I was something I had always wanted to see in the wild. We booked the badger watch online and received confirmation instructions and a map of where to meet. When we arrived at... More 

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Thank H H
SpeysideWildlife, Owner at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a full and enthusiastic review - we really appreciate it! We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening in our hide and that the Badgers and Pine Martens were on view for such an extended period. We look forward to your next visit - just let us know if you'd... More 

Nottingham
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92 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

This was a very good experience. The hide was very comfortable and warm which enhanced the experience of seeing the wildlife. We had never seen live badgers before and we saw 8 including young ones. They were present for a prolonged period of time. We also saw 2 Pine martins one of which was a kit. These were not present... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Owner at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review - we really appreciate you taking the time to post it and are delighted that you enjoyed your evening in the hide so much! If you're happy to share your photos, we'd love to see them - either email them to us or post them on our Facebook page. We look forward... More 

Montreal, Canada
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442 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

Booking the mammal-watching hide at Rothiemurchus privately meant we didn't need to worry about disturbing other guests with our photography. With the short nights this far north in June, we had to wait a couple of hours after our 9-pm arrival before the cast debuted, but once they did it was like Broadway, with two pine martens and three badgers... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

We're delighted that you had such a successful evening in our hide and thank you very much for your extensive and enthusiastic review. Tips for other photographers are always useful - thank you for these! More 

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