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Speyside Wildlife

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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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About Speyside Wildlife
Speyside Wildlife has 30 years of experience in organising wildlife-watching day trips, tours and holidays in the UK and Overseas. We cater for a wide variety of wildlife-watchers, from the dedicated wildlife enthusiasts to those who simply wish to include some wildlife-watching as part of their holiday. We have an Evening Mammal Watching Hide and Badger photography hide near Aviemore and our guides are available to hire for Guided Days Out in the Cairngorms National Park. We operate fully inclusive holidays around Scotland, the wider UK and overseas with a tailormade trip service also available. Speyside Wildlife holds a valid ATOL license, is accredited VisitScotland 4-star, Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold and a member of Wild Scotland and the Cairngorms Business Partnership.
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Crockford wrote a review May 13
Sydney, Australia6 contributions4 helpful votes
A really great day guide Oliver and Wayne who were both knowledgeable, enthusiastic and had great 'eyes'. We had no fixed addenda and asked to be taken to see 'interesting stuff'. And we weren't disappointed black grouse displaying, red grouse, an osprey on its nest, 3 - possibly 4 black-throated divers (very close) some roe deer buck (still in velvet) all set against some of the most stunning wilderness in the world. That night badger watching - we saw 4 or was it 5?
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Jayeebee wrote a review Apr 2022
Guernsey, United Kingdom16 contributions7 helpful votes
Once again a wonderful Speyside Wildlife trip in beautiful Scotland on the 24/7 trip. Sally made such an effort to show us as many birds and mammals as possible with the usual Speyside attention to detail and her smiling enthusiasm was wonderful
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Speyside W, Manager at Speyside Wildlife
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello That is great to hear you enjoyed your holiday so much with us and great to see you again. Hopefully see you again soon.
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bmfybmfy wrote a review Apr 2022
United Kingdom43 contributions31 helpful votes
Absolutely fantastic day out with guides Oliver and Wayne in the Cairngorms. They took us to many sites across the extended day and luck was on our side - we had great sightings of black grouse, osprey, black-throated diver and to top it off both golden and white-tailed eagle in the sky at the same time! The day was completely tailored to what we wanted to try to see and the guides were both very knowledgeable about the wildlife and the area. We enjoyed their company for the day and hearing about their wildlife-related experiences around the world. We also enjoyed the mammal watching offered by Speyside Wildlife on a different day and got to see 8 badgers coming in to feed. Highly recommend Speyside Wildlife if you are holidaying in the Cairngorms.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Speyside W, Manager at Speyside Wildlife
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi, Thank you for leaving a review and taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your day. It sounds like you had a fantastic day out!
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Andrew F wrote a review Apr 2022
Ardara, Ireland1 contribution
We booked the extended day Cairngorms highlights experience. Family of four (10yo and 14yo) - everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, the wildlife was abundant and the scenery amazing. Our guide Wayne was so knowledgeable and kind with his time with our children. Highly recommended and a great introduction to the area.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Speyside W, Manager at Speyside Wildlife
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Andrew, Thank you for leaving a review and letting us know how much you enjoyed your day out with Wayne. Hopefully we shall see you again in the future! Thank you
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Derek L wrote a review Apr 2022
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This is no longer a pine Martin hide, it is badger viewing with a small chance of seeing a pine Martin. The new hide and location doesn’t allow for additional sightings, such as roding woodcock, tawny owls perched and Red deer as the old hide did. Gone are the days of being quiet, no loud clothes, no phones. In times past a 8pm start would have allowed viewing till midnight to give you a chance at seeing a Martin. Exterior lighting on full from 8pm, asked to leave at 10:30pm. Not anywhere near as good as this used to be, however the badger viewing was excellent but expected. If you want to get close to badgers, this is great but don’t build your hopes up for a Martin.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Speyside W, Manager at Speyside Wildlife
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for our Evening Mammal Hide and you are correct, due to the elusive nature of Pine Martens the chances of seeing them is not guaranteed as with any wildlife and this is something we try to make very clear to guests when booking. I can understand the disappointment for you that the Pine Marten did not arrive on the night of your own visit. During a visit to our hide, you can expect to be there for approximately 2 ½ hours, although this can vary slightly due to the wildlife and the time they arrive etc. Our blog is updated on a fortnightly basis and if you ever wish to check how regularly we are seeing Pine Marten throughout the year please do refer to the blog via our website. The new hide is located in a more elevated position than previously, which can still allow for owl sightings and deer but there is not the walk in along the field edge as with the previous one which meant a greater chance of these additional species. Our guests are still asked to keep noise and smells to a minimum and we are sorry that this did not appear to be the case during your visit - we shall check with the guide as to their experiences in the recent weeks and make changes where needed and emphasise this information to guests. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know about your experience.
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